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Missing Plane: Material Washes Ashore In Oz

Written By andika jamanta on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 18.25

Officials searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane say material has washed ashore off the coast of Western Australia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is now examining photographs of the objects, which have been secured by police in the region, to establish whether they are linked to flight MH370.

Authorities said the images had also been passed to investigators in Malaysia.

A woman prays for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Kechara retreat centre in Bentong Relatives are urging governments not to give up the search

The development came after Australia pledged to keep searching for the plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks.

Bad weather is continuing to hamper the search with aircraft grounded for the second day due to heavy rain, low clouds and rough seas.

An undersea drone is nearing the end of its first full mission and Australian PM Tony Abbott says the search strategy may change if seabed scans taken by the US Navy drone fails to find a trace of MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board.

The search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on April 17 The deep search covers an area where sonar equipment picked up a signal

"We may well re-think the search but we will not rest until we have done everything we can to solve this mystery," he said.

"The only way we can get to the bottom of this is to keep searching the probable impact zone until we find something or until we have searched it as thoroughly as human ingenuity allows at this time."

The Bluefin-21 drone is a key component in the search after the detection of audio signals, or "pings", believed to be from the plane's black box flight .

Missing Malaysia plane news conference Relatives are asking Mr Hussein to investigate old media reports

The search co-ordination centre said the robotic submarine had so far covered more than 80% of the 120 square mile (310 square kilometres) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor, but failing to find anything of interest.

The 2.8 mile (4.5-kilometre) deep search area is a circle 12 miles (20 km) wide around an area where sonar equipment picked up a signal on April 8 consistent with a plane's black boxes. The batteries powering those signals are now dead.

Both Australia and Malaysia are under growing pressure to show what lengths they are prepared to go to in order to give closure to the grieving families of those on board.

In a sign of the families' growing desperation for answers, a group purporting to be relatives of the missing flight's passengers wrote a letter to Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein, urging the government to investigate old media reports that the plane landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

"It is high time that the government should start thinking out of the box by exploring and re-examining all leads, new and old," said the letter, published on Facebook on Wednesday.


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Murder Probe As 'Disabled' Children Found Dead

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three young children were found dead at a house in southwest London.

Officers discovered the bodies when they were called to a large, semi-detached home in Thetford Road, New Malden, at around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Sky sources say the three children - a four-year-old girl and two three-year-old boys - were disabled and had "life-limiting genetic conditions".

The 43-year-old woman arrested was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged. She is in custody at a south London police station.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

New Malden deaths The youngsters were found inside a large Victorian house in Thetford Road

Sky's Joe Tidy, at the scene, said a South African couple - named locally as Gary and Tania Clarence - moved into the house with their four children around six months ago.

They moved in after the £1.2m property was redeveloped with mobility equipment, including a lift.

Mr Clarence, a director at Investec Bank, and his eldest child are abroad, and are travelling back today.

His company said in a statement: "Gary Clarence is a valued colleague and has worked with us for many years.

"We do not know the facts at this time but our thoughts are with the Clarence family.  We are doing all that we can to help Gary and his eldest child and ask that their privacy is respected."

Flowers at the sceneFlowers at the scene Flowers and toys have been left outside the house

Officers removed evidence bags from the property this morning. It is unclear whether the children's bodies are still inside the house.

Post-mortem examinations are to take place later.

Neighbours said Mrs Clarence is a full-time carer for her children.

One local, who did not want to be named, said she met the couple at a barbecue two weeks ago.

"They were very friendly. He played golf and he had been playing golf that morning. He was going to America for a golf championship, to watch," she said.

New Malden map Police are investigating the incident in New Malden

"We were out last night dancing and when we came home there were police cars and ambulances outside."

Retired nurse and health visitor Joy Devis, 86, said she had been in the house "once or twice".

"They are a delightful couple, they seemed to be very happy," she said.

"Their children were super, lovely children. They were very happy, there was a very nice atmosphere there."

She said the family had help from a nanny and a maid.


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Madeleine Police Probe Five New Assault Cases

British police are looking at five new cases in which young British girls were sexually abused during holiday home break-ins by an intruder in the Algarve.

One of these assaults took place on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, from where Madeleine McCann vanished two years later.

Scotland Yard recently made an appeal to trace the intruder which lead to 500 people contacting them with new information.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said today: "We have now identified a further five sexual assaults and one near miss. None of those six matters we were aware of prior to our appeal.

"In this new tranche of information we have got one crime which is very clearly in the heart of Praia da Luz in 2005, on a young, white, 10-year-old girl.

Madeleine crime scene Madeleine disappeared from her bed in Praia da Luz in 2007

"Clearly the fact that we've now got an assault that is in the heart of Praia da Luz, very close to where a previous matter had been reported, means that we are even more interested in this as part of the inquiry."

In four of these incidents the man sexually assaulted five white girls, aged between seven and 10, while they were in their beds.

British police added they are poised to begin operations in Portugal following an official agreement from Portuguese police later this week.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he is "cautiously optimistic" Portuguese and British officers can act soon.

An artist's impression of a man carrying a child Police are still keen to trace a man seen near Madeleine's appartment

"I am cautiously optimistic that in the not-too-distant future we are going to start to see activity," he said.

Officers have so far identified a series of 12 crimes committed between 2004 and 2010 where a male intruder entered villas occupied by UK families on holiday in the Western Algarve.

Police believe the suspect may have been in the villas for some time before being disturbed by parents or a child waking up - and he remained calm even when interrupted.

The noise of a bin collection lorry was heard nearby on two occasions.

The suspect is described as having tanned skin with short, dark, unkempt hair.

Police are still hunting a man seen carrying a girl fitting Madeleine's description on the night of her disappearance.


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Holland Boss Favourite To Fill United Hot Seat

Written By andika jamanta on Selasa, 22 April 2014 | 18.26

Holland boss Louis van Gaal is runaway favourite to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager.

Sky Bet ranks the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager as 9/4 to become the next permanent manager of the troubled champions.

He is followed by Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at 9/2, Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs at 6/1, and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season, is fifth-favourite at 18/1.

Any move for Van Gaal would be complicated by his commitment to the Netherlands for the World Cup in Brazil - which could keep him tied up until after July 13 if they make it to the final.

Meanwhile Klopp, 46, has repeatedly reiterated his commitment to Dortmund and recently signed a contract extension - but he has had to deal with the frustration of seeing his best talent poached by rivals Bayern Munich.

Giggs has taken over until the end of the season, but it would be a gamble to give such a high profile job to a player with no managerial experience.

Carlos Quieroz, Sir Alex's former assistant at Old Trafford, was once seen as a possible heir to the United hot seat.

He is currently in charge of the Iranian national side, and is 20/1 to replace Moyes.

Pep Guardiola is currently at fairly long odds of 25/1 – partly due to a successful first season at Bayern Munich's helm.

Speculation in Italy suggests United have already made initial contact with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

He was widely thought to been keen to take over from Sir Alex lasts summer, but returned to Chelsea after Moyes was appointed. He is rated at 40/1 for the Old Trafford hot seat.


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David Moyes Sacked From Man United: Live

David Moyes Sacked From Man United: Live

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David Moyes Sacked As Manchester United Boss

David Moyes has been sacked as Manchester United manager, with Ryan Giggs taking over until the end of the season.

A statement on the club's website said: "Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the Club.

Manchester United Training Session Manchester United veteran Giggs will take the reins for the remaining games

"The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."

Shortly after, it released another statement, saying: "Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made."

Moyes was informed of the decision to let him go this morning at the club's Carrington training ground, said Sky News' Paul Kelso.

Chief executive Ed Woodward is said to have told Moyes the news face to face.

Speculation over his sacking started yesterday, after United's 2-0 weekend defeat to Moyes' former club Everton.

The result left the Premier League champions in seventh place and meant it was mathematically impossible for them to qualify for next season's Champions League - the first time they have failed to do so since 1991.

Men Tipped For Manchester United Job If David Moyes Sacked Louis Van GaalMen Tipped For Manchester United Job If David Moyes Sacked Jurgen Klopp Van Gaal (L) and Jurgen Klopp are among favourites to take over

The team has lost 11 times this season, six of them at home, and also endured defeats to bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

There has reportedly been discontent among some of the club's top players during Moyes' brief time at Old Trafford.

Moyes was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson after 11 years at Everton where he guided the team to five top-six finishes.

The Chosen One banner - a reference to David Moyes being chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson as his successor at Old Trafford. Moyes' tenure fell well short of fans' early expectations

The 50-year-old signed a six-year contract but is now in line for a pay-off of around £4m - a year's salary - after less than a year in charge.

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville - whose brother Phil was part of Moyes' backroom staff - told Sky he thought the manager should have been given more time, but admitted the club's form had taken a nose dive.

"The results have been poor," said Neville.

"As a fan, I haven't enjoyed watching it.

"The performances have got worse and worse. There was a little bit of a pick-me-up at Christmas where you thought there might be a little bit of a run.

Manchester United manager David Moyes on touchline as a fan dressed as the Grim Reaper watches from the stands. Nail in the coffin? Moyes' team lost 2-0 at Everton on Sunday

"But in the last month or two the performances have deteriorated - Olympiakos, Liverpool and the Everton one were particular low points."

Dwight Yorke, part of United's historic treble winning side in 1999, also told Sky Sports that Moyes had been a "huge disappointment".

Favourites to replace the Scot include Louis van Gaal, manager of the Dutch national side, and Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

Argentinean Diego Simeone is also in the frame after a successful season at Athletico Madrid.

But it is Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs who will look to steady the ship for the remaining four games of the season.

The club's American owners, the Glazer family, are thought to be ready to bankroll a summer spending spree of £150m or more as the club pushes for a swift return to the top of the game.


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Teachers Set For National Strike Over Pay

Written By andika jamanta on Senin, 21 April 2014 | 18.25

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is set for a national walkout in June in a row over pay, pensions and conditions.

Teachers will strike for one day in the week beginning June 23 if "significant" progress is not made to resolve the long-running dispute.

The NUT's 900 delegates voted overwhelmingly for the walkout at the union's annual conference in Brighton, where angry rhetoric was aimed towards Education Secretary Michael Gove.

At one point delegates chanted "Gove must go".

The resolution also opens the possibility of more industrial action in the autumn - and officials are not ruling out walkouts spanning several days.

Delegate Hazel Danson told Sky News: "What we're angry about is not just our pay and conditions, and the pension issue - it's what this Education Secretary is doing to the education of our children.

"It feels like he's putting a wrecking ball through state education.

TEACHERS STRIKE One in eight schools had to close during an NUT strike in March

"We've got a secretary of state who will not engage with us in any constructive way at all. We feel very frustrated about that."

Hundreds of thousands of children across England and Wales could face school closures and disruption to lessons.

Exam timetables show at least a dozen GCSE and A-level papers will be sat on June 23 and 24.

But NUT general secretary Christine Blower insisted "strike action will not disrupt exams".

"If necessary, exemptions can be given to staff who are needed to supervise an exam," she said.

The Department of Education said any strikes would disrupt families and harm children's education.

"Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so," a spokesman said.

"Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.

Teachers strike Bristol March The dispute has been going on for two years

"We know that the vast majority of our teachers and school leaders are hard-working and dedicated professionals.

"That is why we are giving teachers more freedoms than ever and cutting unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy."

Approximately one in eight schools in England were forced to close when the NUT staged a one-day strike last month. It is thought many more had to partially close. 

Ms Blower admitted parents would be put out.

"Of course parents will say this is inconvenient, it is inconvenient," she said.

"It's actually in the nature of industrial action that you do it because you want to cause inconvenience because you're trying to bring your grievances to people's attention."

The dispute has been going on for two years.


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South Korea Ferry Tragedy 'A Murderous Act'

Timeline Of Doomed Ferry's Journey

Updated: 8:49am UK, Sunday 20 April 2014

The Sewol ferry sank in the East China Sea less than three hours after the first distress call was made to land.

Here is a timeline of the ship's voyage from Incheon:

April 15, 9pm

The Sewol leaves port in Incheon at around 9pm with 475 people and 150 vehicles on board, heading for Jeju Island.

April 16, 8.55am

First contact between vessel and land is made, with officer telling Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre (VTS) "our ship is in danger".

Survivors say passengers were told to remain in cabins.

April 16, 9am

Officer tells Jeju VTS ship is listing to the left and adds "it's impossible to move". Coastguard tells vessel to "wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship".

April 16, 9.05am

Other vessels notified as ferry continues to tilt to the side.

April 16, 9.30am

The coastguard, helicopters and other ships begin to arrive at the scene and rescue passengers who have escaped from the ferry.

April 16, 10am

Rescuers start to search for people in the overturned hull of the Sewol.

April 16, 11.20am

The ferry sinks in the East China Sea.

April 17

Text messages from people on board the ferry reveal passengers were ordered to remain in their seats and cabins as ship began listing.

Crew member Oh Yong-Seok reveals the captain waited 30 minutes before ordering the evacuation as officers tried to stabilise the vessel. By that time, the crew were unable to reach passengers because the ship was titled at such an acute angle.

April 18

Investigators reveal the ship's captain, Lee Joon-Seok, was not at the helm when the Sewol began to list. They are also examining why the ship's third mate ordered an abrupt turn around three hours before the vessel was due to arrive at Jeju Island.

Mr Lee, along with two more of the ship's crew, are arrested.

Vice-principal of Danwon High School, Kang Min-Kyu, is found dead on Jindo island. In a note found in his wallet, he described his rescue as "too painful while 200 remain unaccounted for".

April 19

Mr Lee issues a public apology for causing a "disturbance" and says he delayed the evacuation of the ferry because he thought the sea water was too cold.

Investigators reveal the third mate was steering the ship in difficult waters for the first time and in foggy conditions.

Divers trying to gain access to the ferry describe seeing bodies through its windows as the death toll officially climbs above 30.

April 20

Angry relatives clash with police on Jindo island over the speed of the recovery operation.

Divers break windows on the ferry to get inside the vessel and find more bodies, with the death toll confirmed above 50.


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Russia Accuses Kiev Of 'Violating' Geneva Deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Ukraine of breaking an agreement aimed at defusing tensions in the country.

He said: "Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement."

It came as pro-Russian separatists claimed they came under attack in the eastern city of Slavyansk.

Slavyansk A shootout in Slavyansk threatens fragile moves to de-escalate the crisis

Mr Lavrov said the deadly firefight, which reportedly left at least three dead and others wounded, showed Kiev did not want to control "extremists".

He said: "The authorities are doing nothing, not even lifting a finger, to address the causes behind this deep internal crisis in Ukraine."

The self-declared mayor of Slovyansk has appealed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin to help residents by sending in troops.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Sergei Lavrov has accused Kiev of not wanting to control "extremists"

This will add to fears in the West, which accuses Moscow of stoking unrest, that the violence will be used as an excuse for Russia to seize more Ukrainian territory, in a repeat of the annexation of Crimea.

Russia has tens of thousands of troops based along Ukraine's eastern border.

The shootout, the cause of which is fiercely disputed, threatens to derail already shaky efforts to de-escalate the continuing crisis.

The deal reached between Russia, Ukraine, the US and European Union, demanded an immediate end to violence.

The Geneva accord called for illegal armed groups to disband, and for protesters to leave occupied government buildings.

But pro-Russian separatists, who have seized offices across eastern Ukraine, have shown no signs of moving on.

Mr Lavrov pointed out the authorities in Kiev had failed to remove protesters camped out in the capital.

"This is absolutely unacceptable," he said.

Western powers have warned Moscow of further sanctions if it fails to bring its influence to bear on pro-Russian activists.

US Vice President Joe Biden is due to arrive in Kiev for talks.

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Ukraine: 'Five Killed At Separatist Checkpoint'

Written By andika jamanta on Minggu, 20 April 2014 | 18.25

A gunbattle at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left five dead, it has been claimed.

Russia's state-run Rossiya 24 news station said the five died when gunmen attacked the post near the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, which is under separatist control.

A separatist interviewed by Reuters at the scene said three of the dead were with the pro-Russian militia. He added that the attack had happened at 2am local time.

"We had three dead, four wounded," a fighters called Vladimir told Reuters at the checkpoint, where there were two burned-out jeeps.

Sky's Katie Stallard who is in Slavyansk says the reports from the scene are inconsistent and there is no coherent evidence to back up what the separatists are saying.

Reuters TV footage of the scene showed two bodies, one of whom appeared to have gunshot wounds to the head and face.

One of the dead was dressed in camouflage fatigues, the other in civilian clothes.

Kiev's Interior Ministry said one person had been killed and three injured in an armed clash. It said police were trying to establish more details of what happened.

The separatists claimed the attackers were members of Right Sector, a hard-right fringe group that was part of the anti-Russia movement whose protests in Kiev and western Ukraine forced the former president to leave office. 

Slavyansk A map showing the location of Slavyansk

Right Sector denied being involved, instead blaming Russian special forces in an indication of the claim and counter claim that has been rife during the crisis.

Russia's foreign ministry said it was outraged by the shootout, describing it as a "provocation".

Pro-Russia Separatist gunmen maintain a firm grip over a string of towns across eastern Ukraine despite an international deal signed last week demanding they leave state buildings they are occupying.

Authorities in Kiev, which have vowed to remove the separatists, said they have suspended military operations against the pro-Moscow rebels until after the Easter holidays.

Russia, the US, the European Union and Ukraine struck a deal on Thursday aiming at de-escalating the crisis, part of which involves the separatists agreeing to lay down their arms.

The deadline runs out on Monday, after which the US and the EU have said they will consider further sanctions against Russia, which is viewed as having influence over the pro-Russian militia operating in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, Ukraine's Prime Minister accused the Russian President of Soviet Union ambitions by saying Vladimir Putin has "a dream to restore the Soviet Union".

Arseny Yatseniuk said: "I consider that the biggest disaster of this century would be the restoring of the Soviet Union under the auspices of President Putin."

Meanwhile, the heads of the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches traded barbs over the crisis in the country as believers flocked to church for Easter services.

Pro-Russian protesters occupying barricades outside Donetsk's regional administrative building celebrated Easter by sharing traditional treats of pasky (baked Easter cakes) and pysanky (Easter eggs).

In western Ukraine, families had celebrated the festival on Saturday, gathering for the traditional blessing of Easter baskets laden with cakes and eggs, as well as meat, cheese and butter.

Blessing cakes on the eve of Easter is a tradition in Ukraine.

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