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A US official says a Malaysia Airlines plane was sending signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying.The official said the Boeing 777-200 wasn't transmitting data to the satellite, but sending out a signal to establish contact. Boeing offers a satellite service that can receive a stream of data during flight on how the aircraft is functioning.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to speak publicly, said Malaysia Airlines didn't subscribe to that service, but the system was automatically pinging the satellite anyway.The official also said some messages involving a different data service were received for a short time after the plane's transponder went silent.Associated Press

North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting

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North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting

United Nations: An angry North Korea is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking UN Security Council meeting on Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first...


Sony hacking not an act of war but US may put N-Korea on terrorism sponsor list

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Sony hacking not an act of war but US may put N-Korea on terrorism sponsor list

Honolulu: President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an...

Kerala: Suspected Maoists attack forest offices in Palakkad, Waynad

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Kerala: Suspected Maoists attack forest offices in Palakkad, Waynad

Thiruvananthapuram: Suspected Maoists on Monday attacked offices of forest department in Palakkad and Waynad districts in Kerala in the wee hours.No one was hurt in both the incidents.Billboards and p...

Modi wants them all: Godse and Gandhi together, at last, under BJP's 'big tent'

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Modi wants them all: Godse and Gandhi together, at last, under BJP's 'big tent'

We are witnessing a farcical enactment of Prime Minister Narendra Modis election-eve ideal of sabka saath. The BJP and its extended Parivar have appropriated every character associated with the assass...

Winter chill continues unabated, all schools closed in Lucknow

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Winter chill continues unabated, all schools closed in Lucknow

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh continued to shiver as the cold wave further intensified on Monday, a development which led to the closure of all schools up to standard 12 in the state capital.The district adm...

We will raise Hindu population in India to 100%, says Praveen Togadia

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We will raise Hindu population in India to 100%, says Praveen Togadia

Bhopal: A day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat described India as a "Hindu rashtra", senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia on Sunday said efforts will be made to "incre...

At least 20 IS militants killed in failed east Syria airport attack

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At least 20 IS militants killed in failed east Syria airport attack

Beirut: At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group has said."The IS tried...