Globe Trot: Terrorism remains a possibility in Malaysian plane's disappearance

by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/12/14, 02:26 pm

MALAYSIA:Malaysian authorities now admit they may have picked up radar signals from disappeared Malaysian Air flight 370 nearly 100 miles west of the jetliner’s planned flight path—explaining the decision to vastly expand the search area on Monday—and CIA director John Brennan says he is not ruling out terrorism behind the plane’s disappearance, “not at all.”

FRANCE: In a “gesture toward justice,” France has returned three paintings stolen by the Nazis to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original owners.

SAUDI ARABIA: Tweeting up revolution in Saudi Arabia can land you in jail—for 10 years.

DRONES: A UN special investigator has released his report examining drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen—nearly all carried out by the United States. The report calls on states using remotely manned aircraft “to conduct a prompt, independent and impartial fact-finding  inquiry, and provide a detailed public explanation” when there is plausible evidence civilians may have been killed or injured. It also calls for declassifying data surrounding such attacks.

The report includes an interactive map of detailed strikes carried out between 2006 and 2013, with an estimated 300 civilians killed.

NORTH KOREA: The drone report may become a lively point of discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next week. But the ongoing atrocities faced by those living under the North Korean regime of  Kim Jong Un should be focus No. 1 for the panel: a WORLD exclusive report. Kim, by the way, won a (shocking) 100 percent support in parliamentary elections on Sunday. The UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to debate North Korea on March 17.

UKRAINE: Interim Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk is making the rounds in Washington today, seeking more economic aid and international support, and is scheduled to address the UN tomorrow.

VENEZUELA: Demonstrations are spreading throughout Venezuela and may be heading toward a bloody faceoff. We are looking for sources who may now or in the past have worked in Venezuela. They may email me at

Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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