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In this file photo taken on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the
central balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, the day of his election. From his
gestures to his simple soundbites to his emphasis that priests are called to serve, Pope
Francis has endeared himself to the public, radically shifted the paradigm of the papacy
and reminded the world that the church's mission is one of mercy. AP PHOTO
Pope's first year
The last communication received from a Malaysia
Airlines plane suggests everything was normal on
board minutes before it went missing over the South
China Sea, Malaysian authorities say.
Flight MH370 replied "All right, roger that" to a
radio message from Malaysian air control, authorities
The search has been widened to waters off both
sides of the peninsula.
Malaysia s air force chief has denied reports the
plane was tracked to the Malacca Strait in the west.
The China-bound plane went missing on Saturday
with 239 people on board.
It vanished about an hour after it took off from
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as it flew over
the South China Sea, south of Vietnam s Ca Mau
peninsula. No distress signal or message was sent.
Irene Burrows, whose son and wife were on board:
"It s just disappeared off the face of the earth."
Malaysian authorities revealed the plane s last com-
munication at a news conference held in Beijing for
relatives of the 154 Chinese who are among the
As the plane reached the boundary between
Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian
air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi
Minh City Control.
Minutes later, all contact with Flight MH370 was
China s foreign ministry said there was "too much
confusion" regarding the information released about
the plane s flight path.
"It is very hard for us to decide whether a given
piece of information is accurate," spokesman Qin
Gang told reporters in Beijing. ---BBC
Leaders of the G7 group of nations have called
on Russia to stop all efforts to "annex" Ukraine s
They said if Russia took such a step they would
"take further action, individually and collectively".
The G7 leaders also said they would not recognise
the results of a referendum in Crimea this weekend
on whether to split from Ukraine and join Russia.
Meanwhile, Ukraine s national security chief has
warned of a major Russian military build-up on
Ukraine s borders.
Andriy Parubiy said Moscow had not withdrawn
its troops after carrying out military exercises near
Ukraine s eastern and southern frontiers last month.
He said the Russian army "is only two to three
hours" from Kiev, adding that Ukraine s "units are
positioned to repel attack from any direction".
The Group of Seven industrial nations---Britain,
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US---
along with the European Union urged Russia to "cease
all efforts to change the status of Crimea".
They said Sunday s referendum, asking the people
of Crimea if they want to be a part of Russia or
Ukraine, has "no legal effect" as it is in "direct vio-
lation" of Ukraine s constitution. ---BBC
An explosion followed by a fire at a pair
of apartment buildings in upper Manhattan
yesterday has left two people dead and at
least 18 injured, officials say.
According to ABC s New York affiliate,
at least one of those injured experienced
"heavy trauma." The conditions of the others
were not immediately known.
The FDNY said it received a call shortly
after 9.30 am reporting a large explosion in
the five-storey apartment building on Park
Avenue near 116th Street in East Harlem.
"This is a tragedy of the worst kind,"
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news confer-
ence. "There was no indication in time to
The mayor said, based on preliminary
information, "the only indication of danger
came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas
leak was reported to Con Edison. Con Ed
dispatched a team to respond. The explosion
occurred before that team could arrive."
"There are a number of people missing,"
de Blasio added. "I emphasise that those
who are missing could well be safe in another
location and just not contacted yet or reach-
The fire department confirmed that the
explosion involved multiple buildings, and
escalated the response to five alarms, with
44 units and more than 200 firefighters
Reached by phone, an employee of the
man who owns the building told Yahoo
News that she didn t know what might have
sparked the blast. The five-storey building
is home to four floors of apartments and
Absolute Piano on the street level. The
employee said everyone at the piano shop
Some witnesses described a chaotic scene.
"The whole building shook," one nearby
worker told the New York Post.
"I saw a lady running with no shoes on,"
another told Agence France-Press. "It was
crazy. It was like a war zone. ... I thought
it was an earthquake. I got calls from my
family who felt it, too, and that was all the
way up town."
The explosion occured near elevated train
tracks, and Metro North train service into
and out of New York s Grand Central Ter-
minal was temporarily suspended.---ABC
Two die as blast
levels NY buildings
before plane disappears
G7 warns Russia on
People run after an explosion and building collapse in the
East Harlem neighbourhood of New York, yesterday.
Police respond to the scene of an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem
neighbourhood of New York, yesterday. YAHOO PHOTOS
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