After months of telling families of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers that their loved ones are most likely dead, lead investigators have admitted that the plane is probably not in the main 528-mile search area in the Indian Ocean they had heavily focused on.
"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370," the Australia-based Joint Agency Coordination Centre said, according to CNN.
In March, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the missing airplane, which disappeared on March 8 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, carrying 239 people on board, had crashed in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean, and insisted that there is no reason to believe anyone could have survived the crash. more >>
A pregnant Pakistani woman was stoned to death by nearly 20 members of her family on Tuesday, allegedly for marrying a man out of love and going against her family's wishes.
"I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed in front of a court," Zia Awan, a prominent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist said, according to The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old woman, Farzana Parveen, is said to have been three months pregnant when her father, brothers, and other family members attacked her and her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, with batons and bricks in broad daylight before the high court of Lahore. more >>
A set of twin girls, who share a head but have separate faces and brains, are defying the odds and were Christened with the names Hope and Faith by their parents. According to their parents, Hope and Faith already exhibit distinct personalities, and they stand firmly by their decision to welcome the girls into the world instead of having an abortion.
"Faith tends to cry a little more, while Hope takes after her mum and likes to sleep a lot," Simon Howie said of his baby girls. "Faith blows little bubbles and loves sucking her thumb but Hope prefers the dummy [pacifier]," he told "Woman's Day" magazine.
The girls are not even two weeks old but have gained an international following after being born by Cesarean section. They are only one in 35 surviving cases of diprosopus, which means that they share a body, heart, limbs and skull but have their own brains and faces. more >>
Former Malaysian prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad accused America's Central Intelligence Agency of withholding information on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing for more than two months.
"It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for 'pings' from the black box," Sydney Morning Herald quotes Mahathir as saying on his personal blog. "This is most likely not an ordinary crash after fuel was exhausted. The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS (Malaysia Airlines) markings."
Someone is hiding something, added Mahathir, who is known for his anti-West stand. "It is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take the blame. … They can land safely or they may crash, but airplanes do not just disappear. Certainly not these days with all the powerful communication systems which operate almost indefinitely and possess huge storage capacities." more >>
The government of North Korea has issued a rare public apology after a "serious accident" occurred, when a 23-story apartment building collapsed last week in Pyongyang, with an unconfirmed number of people killed.
Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday that Minister of People's Security Choe Pu Il "said the responsibility for the accident rests with him as he failed to uphold well the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of love for the people. He repented of himself, saying that he failed to find out factors that can put at risk the lives and properties of the people and to take thorough-going measures, thereby causing an unimaginable accident."
General Officer of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces Sonu Hyong Chol also shouldered the blame for the accident, and said that he was in charge of the construction. more >>
Several Indian church officials said that they are not concerned that Hindu extremist groups will increase after a landslide victory for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the government elections, noting that religious minorities are protected by the Constitution.
"Minorities, such as Christians and Muslims are an integral part of the nation and of the social fabric of Indian society. Minorities are protected by the Constitution, I believe that the new government cannot and will not want to go against the Constitution. As Christians we are confident," said His Exc. Mgr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon, in the state of Kerala, according to Fides News Agency on Friday.
CNBC reported on Friday that early results from India's five-week long elections are pointing to a big victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi. It has already won or is winning 338 parliamentary seats, which is more than the required majority of 272. India's National Congress party, which had been in power for the past decade, was leading in only 68 seats, which is its worst-ever showing. more >>