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Interpol rejects suggestion its passport database is slow

PARIS (Reuters) - The international police agency Interpol on Friday rejected a Malaysian suggestion that Interpol's database for checking passport were too cumbersome. Interpol said that although several other countries used the database millions of times each year, the Malaysian immigration department had not checked plane passengers' passports against its database at all this year prior to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8.

Chinese nationals held in Nigeria for illegal fishing

The Nigerian navy said on Tuesday that it had arrested 22 Chinese nationals for fishing in its territorial waters without permits and travel passports. Four foreign vessels and their crew were held in the operation, Commodore Godwin Ochai told reporters in Onne, outside the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. "When our troops went on board... they discovered that the four vessels had no immigration documents, neither did its 22 crew members have international passports," he added.

Terrorism not ruled out in missing Malaysia jet

The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency said Tuesday that terrorism could not be ruled out in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner, describing the plane's fate as a "mystery." CIA Director John Brennan said there had been reports of claims of responsibility for downing the missing jet, but stressed that these were far from confirmed. "I think there's a lot of speculation right now -- some claims of responsibility that have not been, you know, confirmed or corroborated at all," he said. "We are looking at it very carefully."

Malaysia police chief says one of the stolen passport holders is Iranian

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's police chief said on Tuesday that one of the two men holding false passports who boarded the Malaysian airliner that vanished last week was an Iranian national. The identity of the other man was being investigated, Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference. (Reporting by Eveline Danubrata, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

One suspect on missing jet is Iranian, no terror link

Malaysian police said Tuesday they had identified one of two men who boarded a missing Malaysian jet with fake passports as a 19-year-old Iranian believed to be seeking to emigrate to Germany. "We believe he is not likely to be a member of any terror group and we believe he was trying to migrate to Germany," said Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar. Khalid said authorities had not yet identified the other man.

Malaysia identifies one of MH370's stolen passport users

Malaysia has identified one of two men who boarded the missing Malaysia Airlines flight with stolen passports, the country's police chief said Monday. Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the man is a non-Malaysian. Authorities were able to identify him using airport video surveillance. "That's all we can reveal," he told AFP. "We are still ascertaining whether they (the two suspects using stolen passports) came in legally or illegally." jz/erf

Chinese media slam Malaysia handling of missing flight

China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security. Nearly two-thirds of the 239 people aboard MH370 were from China, and if the loss of the aircraft is confirmed, it would be China's second-worst air disaster in history.

Chinese media slam Malaysia handling of missing flight

China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security. Nearly two-thirds of the 239 people aboard MH370 were from China, and if the loss of the aircraft is confirmed, it would be China's second-worst air disaster in history.

Chinese media slam Malaysia handling of missing flight

China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security. Nearly two-thirds of the 239 people aboard MH370 were from China, and if the loss of the aircraft is confirmed, it would be China's second-worst air disaster in history.

Chinese media slam Malaysia handling of missing flight

China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security. Nearly two-thirds of the 239 people aboard MH370 were from China, and if the loss of the aircraft is confirmed, it would be China's second-worst air disaster in history.
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