KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, (Reuters) - T he disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said today, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board .
KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, (Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said yesterday, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane .
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin yesterday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine’s constitution .
PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Thousands of proud Haitians packed the national soccer stadium in the capital yesterday for a special outdoor Mass by the country’s first Roman Catholic Cardinal, appointed last month by Pope Francis .
KUALA LUMPUR/HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast yesterday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities .
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya threatened yesterday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country’s petroleum wealth .
KIEV/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Shots were fired in Crimea to warn off an unarmed international team of monitors and at a Ukrainian observation plane, as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified .
KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI, (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlinesflight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed, as ships from countries closest to its flight path scoured a large search area for any wreckage .
MOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Russia said any U .
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats it linked to a raid on an exiled Rwandan general’s Johannesburg home, and Rwanda has retaliated by ordering out six South African envoys, officials said yesterday .
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison yesterday, shattering his plan to take control of the country’s richest state and stoking political tension in the Southeast Asian nation following a divisive national election last year .
LONDON/BOSTON, (Reuters) - A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programmes uncovered to date .
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - Crimea’s parliament voted yesterday to join Russia, and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum in 10 days, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian region that drew a sharp riposte from U .
LA JOLLA, California, (Reuters) - When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr .
PARIS/KIEV, (Reuters) - High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris yesterday, with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia’s foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart .
BEIJING/HONG KONG, (Reuters) - China announced its biggest rise in military spending in three years yesterday, a strong signal from President Xi Jinping that Beijing is not about to back away from its growing assertiveness in Asia, especially in disputed waters .
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Street clashes erupted in India after an announcement yesterday that parliamentary elections will start on April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party .
LONDON, (Reuters) - Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said yesterday .
BOSTON, (Reuters) - A 9-month-old baby who was born in California with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS may have been cured as a result of treatments that doctors began just four hours after her birth, medical researchers said on Wednesday .
RIYADH/DOHA, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar yesterday in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil .
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States has frozen more than $458 million that former Nigerian leader Sani Abacha and his conspirators obtained through corruption and hid in bank accounts around the world, the U .
TORONTO, (Reuters) - Ontario authorities have agreed to a request from Toronto’s police chief to supervise an investigation that has already resulted in extortion charges against an alleged drug dealer and associate of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, a probe the mayor contends is politically motivated .
MOSCOW, (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin delivered a robust defence of Russia’s actions in Crimea and said yesterday that he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort, easing market fears that East-West tension over the former Soviet republic could lead to war .
LONDON, (Reuters) - Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published yesterday .
CAIRO, (Reuters) - Egypt’s armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signalled yesterday that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the “majority” of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported .
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The U .
CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuela geared up yesterday for commemorations of socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of “El Comandante .
BEIJING, (Reuters) - China will “declare war” on pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday at the start of the annual meeting of parliament, with the government unveiling detailed measures to tackle what has become a hot-button social issue .
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action .
OSLO (Reuters) - Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum or millet, an international study showed yesterday .
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration yesterday announced new fuel and automobile rules to cut soot, smog and toxic emissions, which it says will reduce asthma and heart attacks in the United States .
LONDON (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would be a prosperous country that would retain close ties with the United Kingdom if voters choose to go it alone in the September 18 referendum, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say today .
ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - Gunmen burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the heart of Pakistan's capital today, killing at least 11 people in a suicide-bomb and gun attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with Taliban insurgents .
KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilised for war yesterday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War .
KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilised today for war and called up its reserves, after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to invade in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War .
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament’s approval yesterday to invade Ukraine, where the new government warned of war, put its troops on high alert and appealed to NATO for help .
BEIJING (Reuters) - At least 28 people were killed by knife-wielding attackers in a “violent terrorist attack” at a train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, and police shot dead five of the assailants, state media said today .