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By Stuart Grudgings and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded on Wednesday to cover a swathe of Southeast Asia, from the South China Sea to India's territorial waters, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board. Vietnam briefly scaled down search operations in waters off its southern coast, saying it was receiving scanty and confusing information from Malaysia over where the aircraft may have headed after it lost contact with air traffic control. The seas off India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also being combed for traces of the lost jet.
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Bad decade: Malaysia Airlines has catalog of woes
HONG KONG (AP) Within an industry notorious for impoverishing shareholders and irking customers, Malaysia Airlines has stood out for its years of restructurings and losses. The company now has global recognition of a far more unfavorable kind after one of its jets disappeared four days ago with 239 people aboard.
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Sudanese police fire tear gas at funeral for slain student
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Security forces in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday fired tear gas at demonstrators attending a funeral for a student killed a day earlier, a Reuters witness said. The student died during a 200-strong protest march at Khartoum University against escalating violence in the western Darfur region. Police said on Tuesday they would investigate the death of the student, who died after police fired tear gas at the protest. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:18:44 -0400
Facebook's San Francisco-area HQ secured after threat made: police
(Reuters) - Police searched and secured the headquarters of social media giant Facebook Inc on Tuesday evening after receiving a threat against the company, which San Francisco-area authorities said turned out to be "totally not credible". Facebook personnel held employees at the campus until officers were on scene, Menlo Park Police Department spokesman Dave Bertini said. Police officers allowed Facebook staff to leave at about 8:30 p.m. (0330 GMT). "I am not even sure that it was specifically to the Menlo Park campus of Facebook." Facebook declined to comment on the incident.
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Inventor of Web calls for digital bill of rights
LONDON (AP) The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:16:28 -0400
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Malaysia says last sighting of plane possibly off west coast
Malaysia's military radar detected what could have been the jetliner missing since Saturday in an area in the northern Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles from the spot where the plane dropped off air traffic screens, the air force chief said on Wednesday. Rodzali Daud told a news conference that the tracking was at 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday, about 45 minutes after the plane with 239 people on board vanished from air traffic control screens midway between Malaysia's east coast and Vietnam. He said the radar tracking was at a point 200 miles (320 miles) northwest of Penang island on Malaysia's west coast. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:08:42 -0400