The fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is still unknown and the search continues. The WSJ's Jake Maxwell Watts tells us the focus remains in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Rebel soldiers said they had taken control of the Syrian town of Morek in the central Hama province on Saturday (March 8) after two weeks of clashes. The town, which is controlled by regime forces, is considered important due to its strategic position, enabling Assad forces to use its roads for supplies and reinforcements. But while clashes were continuing, the rebels said they now had control of key posts in the town. Syria's civil war has killed over 140,000 people since it started three years ago as a peaceful protest movement against four decades of rule by the family of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has become increasingly tangled as rebel groups - including many hardline Islamist factions - have turned on one another, leading to clashes that have killed thousands of people this year alone.
An Austrian and Italian whose names were on the passenger list of flight MH370 but not on the flight both lost their passports in Thailand. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to security consultant Steve Vickers about the thriving trade of selling fake identification in Thailand. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Residents of the mainly-Shi'ite al-Qahera district of Baghdad start clearing up after Saturday's deadly car bombing. At least four civilians died in the blast near a popular market. More than a dozen others have been wounded. Shops and cars in the area were also damaged. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the bloodshed. Even so, violence against Shi'ites is often blamed on al Qaeda-linked Sunni Islamists. There's been wave after wave of attacks in Baghdad since April as the precarious peace since the end of Iraq's sectarian war in 2008 has unravelled. The latest bombing comes as Iraq's prime minister wages a war against Sunni militants in the western Anbar province of Syria
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 This is one of three Chinese vessels joining the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished on Saturday. The Jinggangshan amphibious landing ship is carrying personnel and equipment including medical supplies and staff, and a team of divers. Its counterpart is expected to reach the search area on Monday. A 4, 000 tonne police vessel is already there. The U.S., Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore are also helping in the search. By 0700GMT on Sunday, well over 24 hours since the last contact with Flight MH 370, there was still hint of its fate. The Boeing aircraft was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia's air force chief says the search area is being widened to include the country's west coast because the plane may have been trying to turn back. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RODZALI DAUD, CHIEF OF MALAYSIAN
At least ten thousand turned out for this protest in Madrid against plans to tighten up Spanish laws on abortion. The move to allow terminations only in cases of rape or endangerment of the mother's health have sparked outrage. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MARIPAZ PARRILLA, PROTESTER, SAYING: "They're taking away all our rights and, above all, the right to decide over our own bodies. Gallardon's law wants to take women back 40 years to the Franco era and we won't allow it." At the moment Spanish law allows abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy or up to 22 weeks in cases of foetal deformities. If it's enacted the proposed new rules would make Spain one of the most restrictive nations in Europe on abortion. It was proposed by the prime minister in an apparent attempt to rally core conservative support. It's unleashed a backlash within the country as a whole, and within his own party where moderate members are opposing any change to existing legislat
More than 24 hours after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 the country's civil aviation chief said its fate was still a mystery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN SAYING, "The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report." The Boeing aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew lost contact on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It's emerged two Europeans named in the passenger manifest had both lost their passports in Thailand, one last year, the other two years previously. The identities of two other passengers are also being investigated. But there've been no reports of sabotage or claims of an attack. Despite the mystery there appears little sign it's damaged the confidence of people travelling on other Malaysian Airlines flights
Sarah Palin 'took a page from playbook' of Tea Party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as she made up her own rhymes reading "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. (March 8)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
During a news conference at KL International Airport, Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azaharudin Abdul Rahman said that so far the search teams have not been able to locate the plane of flight MH370. (Video: ASTRO AWANT) Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Isolated incidents of violence continue to erupt in Venezuela. In Caracas, small groups of anti-government protesters clash with riot police. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER SAYING: "Here are the people who are fighting for a better future because in Venezuela there is no future and we need real change and unfortunately this is the only resource we Venezuelans have today to say we have some dignity." Ongoing protests are demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. A separate demonstration, dubbed the "Protest of the Empty Pots" was making noise against high inflation and food shortages. A line of riot police moved with the demonstrators as they made their way to the Food Ministry. Protesters shouted and scuffled with police, but theses demonstrations remained peaceful in comparison.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Search operations for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished from radar screens over the South China Sea with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board continued on Sunday (March 9). By the early hours of Sunday, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage, well over 24 hours after it went missing. "The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report," said Director General of Department Of Civil Aviation of Malaysia, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who added that the aerial search also resumed at first light. There were no indications of sabotage nor claims of an attack. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane. Both
Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin targeted women with a small government message and an attack on President Obama as the final speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. (March 8)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press