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Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 an “accident” and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but which was met with angry skepticism by distraught relatives.
 

The governor of Pakistan's central Punjab province resigned on Thursday, saying the country's political system had failed ordinary people and served “only the elite class.”
 

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.
 

The French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane before it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said Thursday.
 

Andy Murray drew massive applause not just for his tennis, but for an eloquent tribute to female coaches.
 

A 19-year-old college girl murdered an elderly woman with an ax and a scarf because she “just wanted to kill someone” news reports in Japan said Wednesday.
 

A Thai court Wednesday sentenced a leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement to two years in prison for defaming a former premier, in a move analysts said was the latest attack against critics of the military regime.
 

A pick-up in core consumer prices in Australia has reduced the likelihood of a near-term interest rate cut, even as official statistics showed Wednesday that plunging oil prices slowed inflation in the last three months of 2014.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the Japanese and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage.
 

Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday.
 

U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States could be India's “best partner” Tuesday but urged his hosts to do more in the battle against climate change as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi.
Obama wraps India visit with climate, religion

 

The Japanese arm of Amazon.com said Tuesday it was “cooperating fully” with a police investigation into the sale of child pornography, after authorities reportedly raided its Tokyo headquarters.
 

The Philippines said Tuesday there was a “high likelihood” a Malaysian militant suspected of being behind the 2002 Bali bombings was killed in a chaotic operation in the country's south that left 44 police dead.
 

The Philippines said Tuesday there was a “high likelihood” a Malaysian militant suspected of being behind the 2002 Bali bombings was killed in a chaotic operation in the country's south that left 44 police dead.
 
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