KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Two men travelling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner were Iranians who had bought tickets to Europe and were probably not terrorists, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Police said both men bought their tickets in Thailand and entered Malaysia together. On Tuesday, baffled authorities expanded their search to the opposite side of Malaysia from where it disappeared more than three days ago with 239 people on board. However, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference Tuesday that investigators had determined one was a 19-year-old Iranian, Pouria Nourmohammadi Mehrdad, and that it seemed likely that he was planning to migrate to Germany.
(Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday on investor caution surrounding Ukraine and uncertainty about China's economic future. TOP STORIES World stocks held steady, the euro edged down and oil and gold nudged up on Tuesday as traders kept a wary eye on tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the pace of growth in China. The European Union will start preparing further responses to Russia's actions in Ukraine if Moscow does not show signs of backing down by the weekend, Germany's Foreign Minister said. ...
KYIV, Ukraine - The Crimean parliament voted Tuesday that the Black Sea peninsula will declare itself an independent state if its residents agree to split off from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum. Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a "declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea." The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favour of joining Russia in the referendum.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold. Eastern Congo is rich in minerals, and economic activity other than mining has been disrupted by nearly two decades of fighting between the government, rogue soldiers and different ethnic groups. There's been widespread concern that foreign purchases of minerals from mines held by armed groups are fueling the conflict, though many experts say the minerals are not the root cause of the fighting.
Caution about China's economic prospects kept Asian stock markets subdued Tuesday. Investors are also awaiting economic events in the U.S. with Federal Reserve minutes due Wednesday and a monthly jobs report on Friday. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.7 per cent to 15,795.32 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent to 22,762.29. China's Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 per cent to 2,048.74.
(Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway , the country's second-largest railroad, said it would buy back up to 5.3 million shares, or about 3 percent of its total outstanding shares, over the next year. Canadian Pacific shares closed at C$171.30 on Monday on Toronto Stock Exchange, valuing the buyback program at about C$903 million ($813 million). The buyback program is scheduled to start on March 17 and is due to end no later than March 16, 2015. ($1 = 1.1106 Canadian Dollars) (Reporting by Ashutosh Pandey in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings)
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday after a slight decline in the prior session left the S&P 500 within striking distance of its recent record high and as tensions in Ukraine tempered investor appetite for risk-taking. Investors continued to show caution in light of events in Ukraine. On Tuesday, ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich insisted he remained Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he would return to Kiev and appealing to the armed forces to defy any "criminal orders" handed down by his foes.
Her youngest sister Sybil's stiffly veiled nurse's uniform. These iconic outfits from "Downton Abbey" are among 20 costumes from the award-winning TV series on display at Spadina House, a Toronto museum that takes visitors back to life as it was for an upper-class Canadian family during the 1920s and '30s. "Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey," which opens Tuesday, also includes outfits and accessories from the City of Toronto's artifact collections, representing clothing and fashionable items worn during the "Downton" period, said Karen Black, manager of the city's 10 historic site museums.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Joe McGinniss wasn't one to let a story tell itself. Whether insisting on the guilt of a murder suspect after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography, McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges with his subjects and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative. McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at age 71. McGinniss, who announced last year that he had been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer, died from complications related to his disease.
(Reuters) - Strategic maneuvering for next season's Super Bowl campaign gets underway in earnest on Tuesday when the National Football League's free agent signing period kicks into action. Over 100 players populate a free agent class that includes proven veterans and Pro Bowl players in their prime, who may have cheaper, younger players ready to step in for them on their former teams. Free agent wide receivers include two players showcased in last month's Super Bowl in Golden Tate of the champion Seattle Seahawks and Eric Decker of the runner-up Denver Broncos. Also on the list are Emmanuel Sanders of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots and Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants.
(Reuters) - The National Hockey League game between the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday was postponed when Dallas center Rich Peverley collapsed during the first period. Peverley was treated in a hallway then rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment to what a team doctor described as a cardiac event but NHL officials said he was conscious and recovering. "Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has been transported to the hospital," the NHL said in a statement.
Norway's $850-billion sovereign wealth fund made mistakes when it bought shares in Formula One and may try to sell them, its chief executive said on Tuesday according to a report in business daily Dagens Naeringsliv. Yngve Slyngstad said the fund may seek to offload the stake if corruption charges against its boss Bernie Ecclestone are not properly addressed. Several parliamentarians questioned last week whether the world's largest sovereign wealth fund should have taken a $1.6 billion stake in the motor sport in May 2012 together with investors BlackRock and Waddell & Reed. Their comments came after newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv questioned whether the fund had violated its mandate by making the deal.
PRETORIA, South Africa - A friend of Oscar Pistorius testified in the Olympian's murder trial Tuesday that the athlete twice fired guns for which the double-amputee is charged with firearms violations. Pistorius denies guilt in both events, which took place before he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. But his friend, Darren Fresco, testified Tuesday that Pistorius shot a gun through a car's sunroof, after having an altercation with police and months later in a separate event was holding a gun when it fired in a busy Johannesburg restaurant. In the first incident, Pistorius became furious with a police officer who had pulled over the car Fresco was driving and handled Pistorius' licensed gun, said Fresco.
DALLAS - Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp. The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem. The 31-year-old Peverley ended up in good condition at a Dallas hospital, but the episode shook his teammates and led to the game's postponement with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period. "When he dropped, it was red alert," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.