KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities on Sunday were examining an elaborate flight simulator taken from the home of the pilots of the missing jetliner, after it was established that whoever flew off with the Boeing 777 had intimate knowledge of the cockpit and knew how to avoid detection when navigating around Asia. Satellite data suggested the plane flew for at least 7 ½ hours — more than six hours after the last radio contact — and that it could have reached north into Central Asia or deep into the southern Indian Ocean, posing awesome challenges for efforts to recover the plane and flight data recorders vital to solving the mystery of what happened on board.
There are three pieces of evidence that aviation safety experts say make it clear the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was taken over by someone who was knowledgeable about how the plane worked. TRANSPONDER
NEW DELHI (AP) — Massive Indian navy and air search operations for the missing Malaysian aircraft were suspended Sunday until fresh search areas are identified by the Malaysian government, an official said. Col. Harmit Singh, spokesman for India's tri-services command, said coast guard ships have reverted to routine surveillance in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Sunday it has started the process to go public on a U.S. stock exchange in what is likely to be the world's biggest IPO this year. The Alibaba Group's statement confirming plans for an initial public offering in New York ended months of speculation over where the company would list its shares after talks for a Hong Kong stock sale fell apart last year.
TOKYO (AP) — The parents of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea in 1977 have met their Korean-born granddaughter for the first time. The Japanese Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday that Shigeru Yokota and his wife Sakie spent time with Kim Eun Gyong over several days last week in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Kim is 26 years old, Japanese media said.
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — When a German tourist refused to surrender his passport as collateral at a car rental stand along a popular beach in the Thai resort city of Phuket, the woman behind the counter pulled out a bag full of passport books to prove he could trust her. But the tourist, Falko Tillwich, was insistent. "I said absolutely not ... no way," he recalled, and later handed over his driver's license instead.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Saturday temporarily stayed the hanging of two of the four men convicted for the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi. The Supreme Court's order came in response to a petition filed by an attorney for the two men that said the appeals court that confirmed the death sentence this past week had completely ignored their defense.
BEIJING (AP) — China announced on Saturday a modest easing of exchange rate controls that have been criticized by Washington and other trading partners, adding to a flurry of reform initiatives aimed at making its slowing economy more efficient. The range in which the tightly controlled yuan is allowed to fluctuate against the dollar each day will double in size, though to a still relatively narrow 2 percent.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police and witnesses say thousands of mourners in the troubled Indian portion of Kashmir have defied a curfew and buried a Kashmiri teenage boy who was shot dead by government forces. The mourners took part in a funeral for 18-year-old Farhat Ahmed Dar on Saturday. They chanted slogans "Down with India!" and "We want freedom." The funeral took place in Naidkhai, a village nearly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely. He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Saturday it suspected a group of 200 people recently rescued from a human trafficking camp were ethnic Uighur Muslims, as calls mounted from the international community to protect the group and ensure they are not forced back to China. Thai police discovered the group, which included 78 men, 60 women and 82 children, on Wednesday at a secluded jungle camp behind rubber plantations in southern Songkhla province.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a crowd set fire to a Hindu community center in southern Pakistan after allegations circulated that a Hindu had desecrated Islam's holy book. Police officer Anwar Laghari said Sunday that the incident took place overnight in the city of Larkana, after some people said they saw burned pages of the Quran in a garbage bin near the home of a Hindu man. A crowd of 200 gathered and attacked the community center, which was next to a Hindu temple.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has generated dozens of theories on where it is now, from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, and how it vanished. Here's a rundown of what we know and what we don't, along with clues and theories about what happened to the Boeing 777 jetliner: THE WHERE:
To steal Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 out of midair would require a pilot who knew how to elude detection by both civilian and military radar. It would take a runway at least a mile long to land the wide-body jet, possibly in the dark, and a hangar big enough to hide it. All without being seen. Improbable but not impossible, experts say.
As the search continues for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, a key unanswered question is what happened to the Boeing 777's transponder. Transponders emit electronic signals containing information that shows up on air traffic controllers' screens. The information includes the plane's unique identifying code and its direction, speed and altitude.
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