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Buddhist monks offer a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang,
Malaysia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MILAN---Authorities in the north-
ern Italian city of Lecco say they have
arrested a mother who confessed to
stabbing to death her three young
Carabinieri Col Rocco Italiano said
they arrested the mother, an Alban-
ian national, after discovering the
bodies of the three girls, ages 3, 10
and 13, Sunday morning.
Italiano said the parents had just
separated, the father had departed
Saturday for Albania, and the mother
had no job. Italiano said, "There were
economic difficulties, but not serious
enough to justify this."
The family had been living in Italy
for 13 or 14 years. Authorities were
alerted by a neighbour who saw the
mother in a state of confusion. (AP)
Mother arrested in stabbing deaths of children
TEHRAN, Iran---The European Union s foreign policy
chief said Sunday that there is "no guarantee" that
Iran and world powers will reach a final deal over
the country s nuclear programme.
Catherine Ashton was in Tehran for meetings with
Iranian officials on ongoing negotiations over the coun-
try s nuclear programme, as well as the civil war in
Syria and other issues. She spoke to reporters in a
joint briefing with Iran s foreign minister Mohammad
Separately, Iran s President Hassan Rouhani advocated
pursuing "new relations" with European countries
that for years have been at odds, alongside the United
States, with Tehran over Iran s disputed nuclear pro-
"Besides ongoing nuclear talks that should be driven
ahead, there are other suitable fields in which both
Iran and European Union can consider push relations
and cooperation ahead," the president said in remarks
quoted by his website. He suggested energy and trans-
Under an interim deal in November, Iran agreed to
limit a key nuclear activity, uranium enrichment, in
return for easing sanctions by the West.
Negotiations for a final deal are ongoing. Ashton
leads the six-nation group---the US, Britain, France,
Russia, China and Germany---in talks with Iran. (AP)
success in Iran deal
KIEV, Ukraine---Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed
Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international
law, as Ukraine s prime minister vowed not to relin-
quish "a single centimeter" of his country s territo-
ry.Over the weekend, the Kremlin beefed up its military
presence in Crimea, a part of Ukraine since 1954, and
pro-Russia forces keep pushing for a vote in favour of
reunification with Moscow in a referendum the local
parliament has scheduled for next Sunday.
President Barack Obama has warned that the March
16 vote would violate international law. But in Moscow,
Putin made it clear that he supports the referendum
in phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
and British Minister David Cameron.
"The steps taken by the legitimate leadership of
Crimea are based on the norms of international law
and aim to ensure the legal interests of the population
of the peninsula," said Putin, according to the Krem-
lin.Following an extraordinary Sunday meeting of the
Ukrainian government, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
announced that he will fly to the United States this
week for high-level talks on "resolution of the situation
in Ukraine," the Interfax news agency reported.
"Our country and our people are facing the biggest
challenges in the history of modern independent Ukraine,"
the prime minister said earlier in the day. "Will we be
able to deal with these challenges? There should only
be one answer to this question and that is: yes." (AP)
Putin defends separatist
drive in Crimea as legal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia---Vietnamese
authorities searching waters for the miss-
ing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object
Sunday that they suspected was one of
the plane s doors, as international intel-
ligence agencies joined the investigation
into two passengers who boarded the
aircraft with stolen passports.
More than a day and half after Malaysia
Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, no
confirmed debris from the plane had been
found, and the final minutes before it dis-
appeared remained a mystery. The plane,
which was carrying 239 people, lost con-
tact with ground controllers somewhere
between Malaysia and Vietnam after leav-
ing Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning
The state-run Thanh Nien newspaper
cited Lt Gen Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief
of staff of Vietnam s army, as saying
searchers in a low-flying plane had spotted
an object suspected of being a door from
the missing jet. It was found in waters
about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of
Tho Chu island, in the same area where
oil slicks were spotted Saturday.
"From this object, hopefully (we) will
find the missing plane," Tuan said. Thanh
Nien said two ships from the maritime
police were heading to the site.
The missing plane apparently fell from
the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather,
and the pilots were either unable or had
no time to send a distress signal---unusual
circumstances under which a modern jet-
liner operated by a professional airline
Malaysia s air force chief, Rodzali Daud,
said radar indicated that the plane may
have turned back, but did not give further
details on which direction it went or how
far it veered off course.
"We are trying to make sense of this,"
Daud said at a news conference. "The mil-
itary radar indicated that the aircraft may
have made a turn back, and in some parts
this was corroborated by civilian radar."
Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive
Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots are sup-
posed to inform the airline and traffic
control authorities if the plane does a U-
turn. "From what we have, there was no
such distress signal or distress call per se,
so we are equally puzzled," he said.
Authorities were checking on the iden-
tities of the two passengers who boarded
the plane with stolen passports. On Sat-
urday, the foreign ministries in Italy and
Austria said the names of two citizens
listed on the flight s manifest matched the
names on two passports reported stolen
"I can confirm that we have the visuals
of these two people on CCTV," Malaysian
Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hus-
sein said at a news conference late Sunday,
adding that the footage was being exam-
ined. "We have intelligence agencies, both
local and international, on board."
Hishammuddin declined to give further
details, saying it may jeopardize the inves-
"Our focus now is to find the aircraft,"
he said, adding that finding the plane
would make it easier for authorities to
investigate any possible foul play.
Interpol confirmed that at least two
stolen passports used by passengers on
the plane were registered in its databases.
It said no one had checked the databases,
but added that most airlines and countries
do not usually check for stolen passports.
Hishammuddin said only two passengers
had used stolen passports, and that earlier
reports that the identities of two others
were under investigation were not true.
White House Deputy National Security
Adviser Tony Blinken said the US was
looking into the stolen passports, but that
investigators had reached no conclusions.
In addition to the plane s sudden dis-
appearance, which experts say is consistent
with a possible onboard explosion, the
stolen passports have strengthened con-
cerns about terrorism as a possible cause.
Al-Qaida militants have used similar tac-
tics to try and disguise their identities.
Vietnam may have
found missing jet's door
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