A woman paints her palm with water colors during an event for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 17, 2014. Authorities now believe someone on board the Boeing 777 shut down part of the aircraft's messaging system about the same time the plane with 239 people on board disappeared from civilian radar. But an Inmarsat satellite was able to automatically connect with a portion of the messaging system that remained in operation, similar to a phone call that just rings because no one is on the other end to pick it up and provide information. No location information was exchanged, but the satellite continued to identify the plane once an hour for four to five hours after it disappeared from radar screens. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane

UPDATE Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled. …
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to speak to the media during a press conference in London after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Friday, March 14, 2014. Kerry arrived in London Friday, for his last meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the Crimea referendum vote.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

U.S., West brace for Crimea vote to leave Ukraine

Russia's top diplomat said Moscow will make no decisions about Crimea's future, including whether to embrace it as a new territory, until after a local referendum Sunday to decide whether it should remain part of Ukraine.…
Juan Martin Torresi arrives at the 1-11-14 slum's church to attend a mass in honor of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 13, 2014. On the day of the first anniversary of the Pope's election, people from the 1-11-14 slum gather at their church to watch an interview that Pope Francis gave recently from his residence at the Vatican to FM Bajo Flores, a community radio station that broadcasts from the slum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Francis celebrates one year as pope

As Argentina's top Roman Catholic leader before he was elected pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio assigned many priests to parishes in the crowded slums that grew up around the capital. …
Olivia Chow speaks to the media after she officially entered into the race as a candidate for Mayor in the fall Toronto mayoral election in Toronto on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Chow says Toronto deserves better than Rob Ford, who "is no role model" for her granddaughters. She made no direct mention of the various scandals plaguing Ford — not his admissions that he smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while mayor nor his videotaped booze-fuelled rants. Instead, Chow hinted at Ford's issues with her "role model" comment, but called Ford's leadership "disappointing," saying he had failed to make critical investments and create jobs. A day after resigning as an NDP member of Parliament, Chow emphasized her humble beginnings and her family's hardworking immigrant story in her speech to a packed church in the inner city neighbourhood of St. James Town, where she grew up. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Candidate starts campaign to replace Toronto mayor

Olivia Chow, who resigned from her Parliament seat earlier this week, made no mention during her speech of the incidents of drug use, drunken public appearances and erratic behavior that have given Ford international notoriety. …
Boys join in prayers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Sepang, Malaysia. Planes sent Thursday to check the spot where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner found nothing, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said, deflating the latest lead in the six-day hunt. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours

Six days after the plane with 239 people aboard disappeared, Malaysian authorities expanded their search westward toward India, saying the aircraft may have flown for several hours after its last contact with the ground shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.…
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Court confirms death sentence in India gang rape

A New Delhi court has confirmed the death penalty imposed by a lower court to four men convicted for the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in December 2012.…
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Malaysia has asked for India's assistance in searching for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner to widen the search to an area near the Andaman Sea, an Indian official said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Chinese site may show plane debris images

The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. …
President Barack Obama, right, talks with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Obama welcomed Ukraine’s new prime minister as the U.S. seeks to highlight ties with the former Soviet republic now caught in a diplomatic battle between East and West.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

UN is discussing Ukraine resolution

The U.N. Security Council is discussing a possible resolution that would reaffirm Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and address Sunday's referendum on whether its Crimean Peninsula should become part of Russia. …
A student of Venezuela's Central University (UCV) shouts slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A month of student-led demonstrations in a number of Venezuelan cities has left at least 25 people dead, according to the government. Venezuelans fed up with inflation that reached 56 percent last year, long lines for buying some items at grocery stores and one of the highest homicide rates in the world have joined students in protesting against the government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

3 shot dead during unrest in central Venezuela

A university student, a National Guard captain and a third man were shot to death in separate incidents Wednesday as anti-government protests roiled the central Venezuelan city of Valencia.…
Unidentified paramilitary men stand at the gates of a Ukrainian military base after occupying it in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine, Monday, March 10, 2014. Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday his country already feels like it's almost in a state of war after Russian forces took effective control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. A referendum has been called there for Sunday on whether the region should split off and seek to become part of Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine accuses Russia of military buildup

Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of conducting a large military buildup near the countries' border that raises the threat of an invasion, but Moscow denied that.…
Israel Draft Reform

Israel passes law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox

Israel's parliament on Wednesday voted to begin drafting large numbers of ultra-Orthodox men into the military, moving to end a contentious system that enraged many secular Israelis by allowing young seminary students to evade army service.…
Restorers Alessia Scazzuso, center, and Michele Lullo, right, discuss with the head of the Franciscan convent of St. Francesco a Ripa, Friar Stefano Tamburo, the conservation works required in the cell that St. Francis of Assisi is believed to have used when visiting the convent in Rome, during an inspection, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The friars who run the St. Francis a Ripa church in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood are launching a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign Tuesday, March 11, 2014, to try to raise the $125,000 to restore the tiny cell upstairs from the sacristy where St. Francis stayed, The Associated Press has learned. Rather than ask for funding from the Italian government, which owns the church and is responsible for its upkeep, the friars decided on this more democratic crowdfunding initiative thinking it more in keeping with the Franciscan tradition of seeking alms for just what they need, spreading the faith as they beg, and making sure the poor are the priority. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Pope’s Franciscans kickstart fundraising effort

With interest in things Franciscan at an all-time high, the friars who run the San Francesco a Ripa church in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign Tuesday. …
A convoy of military vehicles bearing no license plates travels on the road from Sevastopol to Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Monday, March 10, 2014. Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday his country already feels like it's almost in a state of war after Russian forces took effective control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Russia preparing counter-proposals over Ukraine

The Kremlin moves came as Russian forces strengthened their control over Crimea, less than a week before the strategic region is to hold a contentious referendum on whether to split off and become part of Russia.…