Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in clear skies over the South China Sea on Saturday morning. It is not the only flight to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. We look at some of the most famous examples of aircraft crashes.
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine sought urgent Western backing on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of northern California, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami threat.
WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand will hold its general election on Sept 20, Prime Minister John Key said on Monday, in a vote that is likely to focus on his centre-right National Party's economic record.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution.