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Kuala Lumpur: Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, never imagined his journey on flight MH370 would ruin his marriage plan.27-year-old Fariq was planning to marry 26-year-old Capt Nadira Ramli, a fellow pilot from another airline AirAsia, Sabah-based Daily Express reported today.Fariq, who began his career with MAS in 2007, and Nadira, a daughter of a senior Malaysia Airlines pilot, have known each other for nine years, the paper said.The paper and several news portals claimed that Nadira was given a month's leave by AirAsia to comfort the mother of Fariq who suddenly disappeared with 11 other crew members and 227 passengers on board flight MH370.The plane had left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 12:41 am om March 8 and lost contact with radar and hour later.Nadira is now with Fariq's distraught mother at an undisclosed hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the paper said.Fariq and Nadira studied together at the Flying School in Langkawi, the paper said.However, Fariq's cousin, who declined to be named, said the pilot never went to school in Kelantan as he was brought up in Kuala Lumpur.The mystery of the missing plane continued to baffle aviation and security authorities who have not succeeded in tracking the aircraft despite deploying hi-tech radar and other gadgets.Prime Minister Najib Razak has claimed the flight veered off course due to apparent deliberate action taken "by somebody on plane".PTI

Farmers' suicides will not stop unless irrigation is improved: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

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Farmers' suicides will not stop unless irrigation is improved: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

Yavatmal: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis on Tuesday said that improving the irrigation facilities was the only solution to curb farmers' suicides in the state."It is a matter of sha...


Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media

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Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media

SYDNEY/DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squ...

Western leaders hint at more Russian sanctions over Ukraine

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Western leaders hint at more Russian sanctions over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders on Tuesday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in ...

Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home - lawyer

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Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home - lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programmes was working wi...

Israel must investigate civilian killings in Gaza war - U.N. envoy

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Israel must investigate civilian killings in Gaza war - U.N. envoy

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to ...

Israel must investigate civilian killings in Gaza war - U.N. envoy

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Israel must investigate civilian killings in Gaza war - U.N. envoy

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to ...

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

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Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet ...