North Koreans will vote today for deputies in the Supreme People’s Assembly, though critics say this is merely a political show, given that in the previous 2009 elections Kim Jong-il was returned with 100% of the vote.
Two people who traveled on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 under passports of an Italian and Austrian citizen appear to have bought their tickets together. The citizens previously reported their passport stolen.
Saudi Arabia identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, along with al-Quaida and others on Friday, warning that those who join or support them could face 5 to 30 years in prison. The new law is believed to reflect pressure from the U.S., which wants to see Assad’s overthrow, but is alarmed by the rise of hard-line foreign jihadists among the rebels.
Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad supports Russia’s position in the Ukraine crisis, Syria’s state news agency reported on Thursday. Assad expressed his solidarity, on behalf of the Syrian people, with Putin’s efforts to “restore security and stability in the friendly country of Ukraine”.
A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with air traffic controllers. Search and Rescue procedures have been activated in order to locate the missing aircraft.
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The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site in Washington State, already considered one of the worlds most contaminated sites, may have another radioactive leak to deal with. The leak was discovered by a contractor conducting an inspection on the site’s oldest double shell tank. Another inspection is planned in order to inspect the rest of the site and to identify the unknown “dried material”.
Street clashes erupted in India after an announcement on Wednesday that the country’s general election will start on April 7, pitting Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party. 814 million people registered to vote, exceeding the population of Europe and a world record. Results are due on May 16.
Western powers increased pressure on Russia last Wednesday to talk to the new government in Ukraine, in a bid to de-escalate tensions over Russia’s incursion in Crimea.