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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister says authorities are examining footage of two passengers who boarded a missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner with stolen passports, as they try to determine who they are. But the official tells reporters the focus now is finding the missing Boeing 777. He says finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate whether it was brought down by foul play. Meanwhile, Vietnamese authorities are trying to get a closer look at an object in the water that might be a part of the aircraft.
PARIS (AP) — Interpol says passengers boarded planes over a billion times last year without their passports being checked against the police agency's database of 40 million stolen or lost travel documents. The head of Interpol says that's a matter of "great concern." He says he hopes governments and airlines worldwide will start heeding Interpol's advice to screen all passengers' passports before letting them board flights.
BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 42 people have been killed in the latest round of attacks on civilians and police in Iraq. Authorities say today's deadliest attack of the day was a suicide car bombing in the southern city of Hillah. The blast struck a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint to be searched. Two police officers say the bombing set dozens of cars ablaze, killing 21 civilians and 15 security personnel and wounding at least 115.
EILAT, Israel (AP) — Israel's military says a cargo ship it intercepted in the Red Sea last week carried 40 rockets with a range of up to 100 miles and dozens of mortar shells. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza. An Egyptian security official said Sunday the rockets might also have been intended for militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which borders Gaza. Officials in Iran and Gaza militants have denied involvement with the shipment.
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Police say a dispute over a parking spot at a southern New Jersey mall ended when a woman bit and almost severed the finger of another driver. Yesterday's fight at the Cherry Hill Mall involved three women. Details about the dispute were not disclosed, but authorities say it began as a verbal argument before it turned physical. Police say if they find the biter she could face aggravated assault charges.
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