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UK police in Madeleine McCann case probe new intruder link

By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann said they were looking for a man suspected of carrying out a series of sexual assaults on young girls staying in Portuguese holiday villas between 2004 and 2010. McCann, then aged three, went missing from her bedroom at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve region while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world's media.

What if missing Malaysia plane is never found? Experts and families face unsettling questions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart's. Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if the airplane is never found? Such an outcome, while considered unlikely by many experts, would certainly torment the families of those missing. It would also flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons from the incident if it doesn't know what happened.

U.S. keeps pressing N. Korea to change first, with Chinese envoy in Pyongyang

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 17 (Yonhap) -- As a top Chinese envoy on North Korea began an unexpected visit to Pyongyang, the U.S. government on Monday reaffirmed its willingness to engage constructively with Pyongyang. But Washington continued to press Pyongyang to show its seriousness about dialogue through action, not rhetoric. "The ball is in North Korea's court," Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters via conference call on a snowy day.

Japanese group leader seeks return of all abductees from N. Korea

The head of a group consisting of the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago, called at a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday for all those abducted by North Korean agents to be returned to their home countries. "I ask for your further efforts to realize the return of all abductees and help North Korean citizens restore dignity," said Shigeo Iizuka, whose sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted in 1978 at age 22.

Japanese group leader seeks return of all abductees from N. Korea

The head of a group consisting of the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago, called at a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday for all those abducted by North Korean agents to be returned to their home countries. "I ask for your further efforts to realize the return of all abductees and help North Korean citizens restore dignity," said Shigeo Iizuka, whose sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted in 1978 at age 22.

N.Korea envoy walks out of UN rights council as Japan speaks

The North Korean ambassador to the UN in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor. So Se Pyon first interrupted a statement by the head of the Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea to challenge his right to address the council, before standing up and walking out in protest. Shigeo Iizuka, the head of AFVKN, took the floor on behalf of Japan to speak about his own sister Yaeko Taguchi, who was abducted from Japan by North Korea in 1978.

Maryland police link convict to decades-old case of missing girls

By Alice Popovici GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (Reuters) - Maryland police on Tuesday named a 57-year-old former carnival ride operator as a person of interest in the case of two young sisters who disappeared while going to see an Easter exhibit at a shopping mall in 1975.

McCann police visit Portugal on trio's trail

British detectives investigating the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann have made a fresh visit to Portugal as they close in on three people they want to question, the family's lawyer said Wednesday. Scotland Yard detectives were in the Algarve capital Faro on Tuesday for talks with the local authorities. Rogerio Alves, the McCanns' lawyer in Portugal, said: "What I know is, Scotland Yard has suspicions concerning three people and wants to interview these people.

McCann police visit Portugal on trio's trail

British detectives investigating the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann have made a fresh visit to Portugal as they close in on three people they want to question, the family's lawyer said Wednesday. Scotland Yard detectives were in the Algarve capital Faro on Tuesday for talks with the local authorities. Rogerio Alves, the McCanns' lawyer in Portugal, said: "What I know is, Scotland Yard has suspicions concerning three people and wants to interview these people.

McCann police visit Portugal, but make no arrests

British detectives investigating the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann have made another visit to the Algarve but no arrests were made, Portuguese police said Wednesday. Scotland Yard detectives were in the Algarve capital Faro on Tuesday for talks with the Portuguese authorities. British newspapers reported that the British detectives were set to arrest three suspects. But Pedro do Carmo, the deputy head of Portugal's criminal police department, told AFP: "There were no arrests."
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