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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

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

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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...