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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

Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

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Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region said on Friday he would defy Madrid to hold a non-binding independence vote in less than two months, saying his people deserved the same ri...


EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

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EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separ...

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

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German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Muslims condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer on Friday and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and...

Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

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Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of a pro-Kremlin vote monitoring agency which sent observers to Scotland's referendum denounced the result on Friday, saying Scots were pressured into rejecting indepen...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...

Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

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Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.Wiping tears ...