KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam - T he disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented mystery", the country's civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. | Video
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TRIPOLI - A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-held port of Es Sider but has not left the terminal, oil officials said on Monday, after the government threatened to bomb the ship.
BEIJING - China has curtailed the power of the ruling Communist Party's Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the security services, to interfere in most legal cases, scholars with knowledge of the situation said - a significant reform at a time of public discontent over miscarriages of justice.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will make his first trip to Asia in August, visiting South Korea for a festival of Asian Catholic youth, the Vatican said on Monday.
TEL AVIV - An Israeli court on Monday sentenced an Israeli Arab to 25 years in prison for planting a bomb that wounded 15 people on a bus in Tel Aviv in 2012, the Justice Ministry said.