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Malaysia says jet's disappearance 'deliberate'

A missing Malaysian airliner was apparently deliberately diverted and flown for hours after vanishing from radar, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday, stopping short of confirming a hijack but taking the "excruciating" jet drama into uncharted new territory. Najib said investigators believed "with a high degree of certainty" that Malaysia Airlines flight 370's communications systems were manually switched off, and that the plane veered westward in a fashion "consistent with deliberate action" after dropping off primary radar.

Disappearance of Malaysian jet appears 'deliberate'

A missing Malaysian aircraft was flown for hours in a fashion "consistent with deliberate action" after dropping off primary radar, but hijacking could not be confirmed, the country's prime minister said Saturday. Final satellite communication with the Boeing 777 came more than six and a half hours after it vanished from civilian radar at 1:30am on March 8, Prime Minister Najib Razak told a nationally televised press conference.

Malaysia calls off South China Sea search for jet

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that Malaysia was ending a search in the South China Sea for a vanished jetliner after investigations indicated the missing plane likely turned far to the west. "We are ending our operation in the South China Sea and reassessing the deployment of our assets," Najib told reporters. bjp-dma/jw

Malaysian PM to hold press conference on missing plane

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was to address a press conference Saturday on the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner, his office said Saturday. Najib will make an announcement at approximately 1:30pm (0530) GMT, the prime minister's office said on its official Twitter account. jz-gh/jw

Malaysia failing credibility test as flight confusion deepens

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One of the world's most perplexing aviation mysteries is casting a harsh spotlight on Malaysia's government, as a leadership unused to heavy scrutiny comes under intense international criticism for a litany of confusing messages and a perceived lack of transparency. Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens, a huge international search operation has failed to turn up a trace of the Boeing jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

Malaysia to review airport security says PM

Malaysia's leader said Sunday airport security screening in the country would be reviewed, according to a report, after it emerged that two passengers who boarded a missing airliner had stolen passports. Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished over waters somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and was feared lost with 239 passengers and crew. "We will review all security protocols and, if needed, we will enhance them," Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted saying in The Star newspaper.

Malaysia's Anwar convicted of sodomy, political future in doubt

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison on Friday, shattering his plan to take control of the country's richest state and stoking political tension in the Southeast Asian nation following a divisive national election last year.

Malaysia's Anwar decries sodomy ruling as 'travesty'

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal on sodomy charges was overturned Friday, in a fresh threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. A Court of Appeals panel sided with a government challenge to Anwar's 2012 acquittal on charges he sodomised a male former aide, saying a lower court had misjudged evidence. Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years in jail, but freed pending appeal.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar's sodomy acquittal overturned

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had his acquittal for sodomy overturned Friday, in a fresh threat to the remarkable career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. A Court of Appeals panel upheld a government bid challenging the 2012 ruling which acquitted him on charges he sodomised a male former aide, saying a lower court had misjudged evidence. Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years in jail, but freed pending appeal.

Malaysia's Anwar faces sodomy ruling as rights groups question court motive

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian prosecutors began their appeal on Thursday against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomy, a case that international human rights groups have condemned as politically motivated. A verdict by the Court of Appeal could come in days or weeks, legal experts say, just as Anwar bids to win a local election this month that many expect to pave the way for him to run Selangor, Malaysia's richest and most populous state.
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