Traces of oil were found in the ocean near the same area where contact was lost with the missing flight, officials said.
(Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday it has dispatched a team to Asia to help investigate the crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet early Saturday that is presumed to have claimed 239 lives. The NTSB team is accompanied by technical advisers from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. air safety regulator and Boeing Co, which made the 777-200ER jet that was lost while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) …read more
Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said. Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia, said the official, who has knowledge of the investigation and declined to be identified. The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said. …read more
Armed with cooking pots in a potent symbol of Venezuela’s chronic food shortages, several thousand people took to the streets of Caracas in the latest rally against President Nicolas Maduro. The rally was called by the country’s most prominent opposition leader, two-time presidential election runner-up Henrique Capriles, who lost to Maduro by a whisker in the April 2013 election. “I can’t find milk, butter, diapers, flour, sugar or rice,” said Alexandra Fernandez, a 39-year-old Caracas housewife.