Continued pro-Russian pressure in Crimea...Malaysian jetliner missing



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SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Pro Russian soldiers in the Crimea are trying to put more pressure on Ukrainian military personnel. A Ukrainian officer at a military base in Ukraine's region of Crimea says that pro-Russia soldiers crashed a truck through the gates of the base. Lt. Col. Vitaly Onishchenko says the troops arrived late yesterday, cut power and phone lines and urged Ukrainian troops to swear allegiance to Russia. The invaders left around midnight.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — There's still no sign of a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early today with 239 people aboard, including four Americans. Search and rescue crews are scouring a wide region in search of the Beijing-bound aircraft. Authorities say there was no distress call.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — No casualties have been reported after an Indian jetliner with 170 people on board caught fire while landing in Nepal's capital today. Officials say the right wheels of the Airbus 320 operated by budget airline Indigo caught fire during the landing and passengers were quickly evacuated through emergency doors.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities are investigating whether malnutrition is responsible for the deaths of nearly two dozen children in the country's drought-hit desert south. Kamran Zia, the chief spokesman for National Disaster Management Authority, says as many as 23 children have died in the desert villages. He says it's unclear whether the children died from a shortage of food or medical problems.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headline the third and final day of the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists. The Conservative Political Action Conference is being held near Washington. It brings thousands of activists, opinion leaders and Republican officials together. Other participants today include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.

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