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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said. Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia, said the official, who has knowledge of the investigation and declined to be identified. The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said. The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

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Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through ...


Man arrested near Canada's prime minister in sign of tensions

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Man arrested near Canada's prime minister in sign of tensions

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Police arrested a man at gunpoint just steps from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday, underscoring tensions in the capital Ottawa a day after a gunmen killed a soldi...

Turkey's Erdogan says 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to enter Kobani

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Turkey's Erdogan says 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to enter Kobani

RIGA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq through Turkey to help defend the Syrian border town o...

Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill

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Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's new trade minister on Thursday called his support group's spending at a racy bar "inappropriate," but declined to sell shares in Tokyo Electric Power, the operator ...

Japan's top court orders retrial in "maternity harassment" case

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Japan's top court orders retrial in "maternity harassment" case

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a retrial for a woman who sued a former employer over a demotion during her pregnancy, handing down a partial victory that could encourage o...

U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria - monitor

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U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria - monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursda...

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

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Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors must decide this month whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co former executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could dra...