1. MISSING PLANE
Sea of questions: Australia says it wants to get answers for the families of those aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. And it’s scouring the southern Indian Ocean for objects it says may be related to the search for the jetliner. While this is the best lead yet on where plane might be, confirming it will be a lengthy process. The area is a remote, rarely traveled expanse of ocean far from commercial shipping lanes. But that has not stopped the massive search in the area more than 1,500 miles southwest of Australia.
2. UKRAINE CRISIS
Tit-for-tat sanctions: It’s a classic case of sanctions, and more sanctions. Yesterday, the U.S. blacklisted a bank and several Russians it described as “cronies” to President Vladimir Putin. Unbowed, Russia hit right back. It placed sanctions against nine top Americans, including House speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain. And there’s more trouble in the horizon. The lower house of parliament in Moscow overwhelmingly approved a treaty yesterday to annex the Crimea region, upping the ante in the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.
3. TURKEY TWITTER BAN
#trendingtopic: The Turkish prime minister vowed yesterday to ban Twitter just days before elections.“Twitter, mwitter, we will eradicate it all,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, followed by immediate disruptions on the social networking site. But as things go in that world, that’s a sure way to make it even more popular. Outrage erupted. Hashtags surged. Word spread. Twitter swiftly offered subscribers an alternative way that uses cellphone instant messaging.
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