Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

28/Jan/2015  //  262 Viewers

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After two years on the run, a treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over lost treasure, was tracked down at a hotel in Palm Beach County.

Tommy Thompson was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service, said Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency’s office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest was issued for him in 2012 after he failed to show up to a key court hearing.

Thompson and his longtime companion, Alison Anteiker, were arrested Tuesday, Babtist said. The two were awaiting a hearing in Florida before they would be extradited to Ohio to appear before the judge who issued a warrant for their arrests.

Thompson made history in 1988 when he found the sunken S.S. Central America, also known as the Ship of Gold. In what was a technological feat at the time, Thompson and his crew brought up thousands of gold bars and coins from the shipwreck. Much of that was later sold to a gold marketing group for about $50 million.

A years long legal battle involving insurance companies and investors ensued, a fight that those close to Thompson say was his undoing.

Thompson went into seclusion in 2006, moving into a mansion called Gracewood in Vero Beach, Florida. Six years later, just after the arrest warrant was issued, Thompson vanished.

When the property’s caretakers searched it soon afterward, they found prepaid disposable cellphones and bank wraps for $10,000 scattered about, along with a bank statement in the name of Harvey Thompson showing a $1 million balance, a real estate agent for the property said in court records. Harvey, according to friends, was Thompson’s nickname in college.

Also found was a book called “How to Live Your Life Invisible.” One marked page was titled: “Live your life on a cash-only basis.”

In one of the worst shipping disasters in American history, the S.S. Central America sank about 200 miles off the South Carolina coast in September 1857; 425 people drowned and thousands of pounds of California gold were lost, contributing to an economic panic.

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Kano: 12 Arrested By Nigeria’s Sharia Police Over HOMOSEXUAL Wedding

Kano: 12 Arrested By Nigeria’s Sharia Police Over HOMOSEXUAL Wedding

28/Jan/2015  //  278 Viewers

Report gathering steams from the north Nigeria vast city of Kano suggest that 12 young men have been arrested for allegedly planning a gay wedding.
 


According to the head of the Islamic law-enforcement agency [the Hisbah] Aminu Daurawa, on Tuesday, the suspects, most of them teenagers, were detained on Monday at a popular resort on the outskirts of the city.

“We have 12 men in custody, including the bride. We arrested them at the venue of a planned gay wedding,” Daurawa told AFP.

“We got information of the wedding four days earlier and our men stormed the venue while the wedding was about to start.”

Many guests escaped during the raid, he added.

But one of the participants, 18-year-old Faruk Maiduguri, told reporters at the Hisbah offices that he and his friends were only celebrating his birthday.

“It was my birthday party, not a gay wedding,” he said in tears.

Daurawa further said the suspects, who arrived Kano from the northern cities of Maiduguri, Kaduna and Bauchi, and Ibadan and Osogbo in the southwest, “looked and acted feminine”, which prompted their arrest.

It was not clear whether they would be charged but their families had been summoned, he added.

Homosexuality is banned under federal law in Nigeria, where last year new legislation was passed outlawing same-sex marriages and the promotion of civil unions.

In northern states, where Sharia runs parallel to the state and federal justice system, homosexuality is punishable by death, although the sentence is rarely, if ever, enforced.


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Blizzard, transit closures cost NYC economy estimated $200M

Blizzard, transit closures cost NYC economy estimated $200M

28/Jan/2015  //  291 Viewers

New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and decision to shut down the transit system — a loss that wasn't crippling overall but had the biggest impact on small businesses and hourly workers.

Consumers who would have otherwise bought cars or made other major purchases will likely do so a day or two later, said Adam Kamins, an economist with Moody's Analytics, which came up with the preliminary loss estimate. He noted that many employees forced to stay home Tuesday were able to telecommute.

"For example, a holiday where people aren't working would have a greater impact on the economic output than this storm," Kamins said.

Evan Gold, senior vice president for Planalytics, a firm that advises companies on weather issues, estimated the economic losses for the total Northeast, including New York, Philadelphia and Boston, at $500 million.

"Now that does sound like a lot of money, but when you think about last year, where we had a polar vortex, several weeks of that, more population centers impacted as well as above-normal snowfall, last year's overall economic impact is pegged at anywhere from $15 billion to $50 billion," he said. "So in comparison, this is actually a relatively small event."

In New York, small businesses and hourly workers who rely on tips, such as taxi drivers and restaurant workers, were keenly affected by the loss of work time.

Lenice Ferguson, a baker at Insomnia Cookies said the shop is usually open until about 3 a.m. making deliveries. The bakery closed at about 10 p.m. Monday.

"It's a big deal, because I only work three nights out of the week," the 26-year-old said. "My check is going to be short, and I have bills that I have to pay."

Subways, rail lines, bridges and tunnels were all closed Monday night. Residents were told to stay off the streets after 11 p.m. or face fines. Transportation reopened Tuesday morning after it was clear the storm was a bust in New York City, with most areas getting about 8 inches instead of the predicted 2 feet.

Fausto Cabrera opened his Upper West Side barber shot Tuesday morning but wasn't expecting many customers.

"There was nobody here yesterday and today, just look," he said, pointing to six empty barber chairs. "All I can do is wait."

Mayor Bill de Blasio said economic loss was much less than it would have been had the storm hit in full force, and that taking precautions helped the city get back online faster.

Moody's economist Kamins said that for the Northeast overall, the storm would have done about $16 billion in damage had it hit full force. Instead, the impact will likely reach just $1.25 billion.

"I will always err on the side of safety and caution," de Blasio said Tuesday. "We had consistently been getting reports talking about two feet or more of snow. To me it was a no-brainer, we had to take precautions to keep people safe."

Shaon Chowdhury, a manager of Arthur Cab Leasing Corp., in Queens, said he didn't have a problem with the city's actions even though he lost about $60,000 in revenue and expenses.

"If they did get 28 inches it would be a problem, so shutting down is a good idea," he said. "What happens if we did get 28 inches? It would have been hell."

New York City's 24,000 restaurants probably lost millions in revenue in total, said Chris Hickey, regional director of New York City for the New York State Restaurant Association.

For the first time in the decade since it first opened a block north of Times Square, the TSQ brasserie deserted at mid-afternoon Monday. Business was down about 70 percent.

"Never in my life was it like this — empty," said manager Mohi Hassan.



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NIA arrests four more in Burdwan blast case

NIA arrests four more in Burdwan blast case

28/Jan/2015  //  278 Viewers

The NIA on Wednesday arrested four people who were suspected to be hardcore members of banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror outfit and who
were also alleged recruiters taking to 16 the number of people it has nabbed in its probe in the Burdwan blast case.

The four -- Dalim Sheikh alias Faijul Hoque Sheik, Motiur Rehman alias Noor Alam, Habibur Rehman and Ghiyasuddin Munshi -- were arrested from different parts of West Bengal.

The National Investigation Agency(NIA) took over the case from West Bengal police few days after the explosion after international links started surfacing. The blast in Burdwan took place inside a house on October two last leaving one person dead and another seriously injured.

Investigations have found that Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) were being fabricated in the house and later smuggled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Giving details about Wednesday's arrest, NIA claimed in a statement that Dalim Sheikh was "full time member" of JMB and was involved in setting up bases and hideouts, raising and collecting funds, radicalising youths and providing tactical and material support to their senior Bangladeshi members of
JMB in expanding their network to India.

Motiur Rehman was a close associate of Shakil Gazi, who was killed in the blast. He was believed to be the main person who used to maintain the hideouts and training centres and bomb making centres at Beldanga in Murshidabad.

Habibur Rehman was a very close associate of Sajid, a senior Bangladeshi JMB member who was arrested earlier by NIA.

He used to allegedly maintain and run the terrorist training camp being run from Mukimnagar Madarsa in Murshidabad district. The fourth accused, Ghiyasuddin Munshi, joined JMB with his wife and had undergone training with the terror group, the NIA said. He was engaged in providing safe shelter and hiding places and facilities to senior Bangladeshi members of JMB so that they can sustain their terrorist activities, it claimed.

The NIA has so far found that members of JMB terror group had established their network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

The NIA also claimed that senior members of JMB had established terrorist training centres and bomb making units in Beldanga and Mukim Nagar of Murshidabad, Nanur of Birbhum and Khagraghar and Simulia of Bhurdman District.


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Jordan Agrees to Release Terrorist in Exchange for Pilot Held by ISIS

Jordan Agrees to Release Terrorist in Exchange for Pilot Held by ISIS

28/Jan/2015  //  295 Viewers

AMMAN, Jordan — The Jordanian government agreed on Wednesday to release a convicted terrorist in exchange for the freeing of an air force pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria a month ago, according to a statement released on Jordanian state television just before a deadline set by the extremists.

The militants had threatened to kill the pilot and a Japanese journalist if the deadline was not met. The Jordanian statement made no mention of the fate of the journalist.

“Jordan confirms that it is completely prepared to release the prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if Moaz al-Kasasbeh is released and his life is intact,” the statement said, referring to the terrorist and the pilot.

The minister of state for media affairs, Mohammad Momani, “confirmed that the priority of Jordan from the start of the crisis was to insure the life of our son the pilot Kasasbeh,” state television reported.

The father of the pilot, a first lieutenant, had appealed on Wednesday for King Abdullah II of Jordan to free the terrorist, a female suicide bomber, in exchange for the release of his son — an unusually public outpouring of anger toward the Jordanian authorities.

The father, Youssef al-Kasasbeh, broke weeks of silence, requested by government officials, to make the demand at a demonstration calling for Ms. Rishawi to be exchanged for Lieutenant Kasasbeh.

A video attributed to the extremist organization that was made public on Tuesday featured an appeal from the Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto, for Ms. Rishawi’s release in exchange for his own. Mr. Goto said that both he and the pilot would otherwise be killed, but he did not indicate whether the extremists had also proposed releasing the pilot.

Ms. Rishawi was one of four suicide bombers who attacked three hotels in Amman, the Jordanian capital, in 2005, killing more than 57 people; her explosive vest did not detonate, and she was soon captured and later sentenced to death.

“Who is Sajida to us?” Mr. Kasasbeh said on Wednesday at a demonstration of several hundred in support of his son. “Sajida is a burden on us, let them release her. I am asking for the release of Sajida and all the prisoners, and the return of Moaz to us. Keeping her in prison is a burden on us.”

The pilot’s mother, who declined to give her name, also spoke. “When he joined the air force, I expected him to defend Jordan, but not to go fight in another country,” she said of her son. “This is not our business being there.”

Many of the demonstrators shouted slogans critical of the government and of Abdullah. While such conduct has led to arrests in the past, the authorities stood by without intervening. The protest began late Tuesday night and continued into the early morning hours, when Mr. Kasasbeh made his comments.

Lieutenant Kasasbeh comes from a prominent family and a large tribe from the central Jordanian city of Karak. Jordanian officials were concerned enough about his relatives’ reaction that Abdullah visited them a day after the pilot’s capture, on Dec. 24.
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The pilot is the first prisoner from the American-led coalition to have been taken by the Islamic State since the coalition began airstrikes against the organization. Jordan is one of four Arab countries participating in the Syria strikes.

Based on Mr. Goto’s statements in the video posted on Tuesday, the deadline to reach a deal was to expire Wednesday afternoon, Jordanian time.

“I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less,” Mr. Goto said in the video, which was posted on Twitter accounts used by the extremists, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist organizations. “Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine.”

As recently as Tuesday afternoon, the pilot’s father had refused to discuss his son’s case, saying the government had asked him to let it handle the matter in confidence. He said concerns that the Japanese journalist would be released but that his son would not prompted his change in stance.

“Why should we negotiate for a Japanese? We care about our own son,” he said.

In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the extremists’ latest threat a “despicable act.”

“Within this extremely severe context, the government of Japan is requesting cooperation from the government of Jordan to bring about the early release of Mr. Goto,” Mr. Abe said on Wednesday in Tokyo. “This policy will remain unchanged going forward.”

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Netanyahu Talk Stirs Backlash in Israeli Race

Netanyahu Talk Stirs Backlash in Israeli Race

28/Jan/2015  //  257 Viewers

Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.”

Both men criticized their former boss for politicizing issues vital to Israel’s future. Both also have their own political motives: Mr. Oren is running for Parliament with a new center-right party, and Mr. Yadlin is the defense-minister designee of the center-left party Zionist Camp.

If Mr. Netanyahu imagined that the speech, scheduled for two weeks before the March 17 elections in Israel, would bolster his status as statesman, the undiplomatic way it was arranged has instead given his challengers an opening to undermine his main campaign platform. The backlash, not only from the White House but also from congressional Democrats, has reverberated in Israel, where maintaining bipartisan support in Congress is considered as crucial as preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. On Tuesday Senate Democrats who had been pushing a new sanctions bill against Iran — which Mr. Netanyahu supports — said they would hold off a vote until late March, handing the Obama adminstration a victory.

As in America, conservatives like Mr. Netanyahu tend to have the advantage when election campaigns are about security, and so far his opponents have emphasized pocketbook issues and corruption. But political analysts say that international isolation is a prime public concern of Israelis, and that attacking Mr. Netanyahu for deteriorating relations with Washington, Israel’s main defender on the world stage, could be a winning message in a tightening race.

“It’s a huge miscalculation,” said Eytan Gilboa, a professor at Bar Ilan University who specializes in political communication and Israeli-American relations. “People are now questioning his judgment. If the opposition would not just focus on economic and social issues, but also argue against his claims on security and foreign policy, I think this exercise might backfire.”

The invitation to address a joint meeting of Congress to make the case for new sanctions on Iran came from the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a Republican. Mr. Boehner did not consult either the Obama administration or his Democratic counterparts, something several veteran diplomats described as unprecedented. The White House responded with its own snub, announcing that President Obama, who has promised to veto any new sanctions, would not meet with Mr. Netanyahu while he was in town.

Senate Democrats who had been pushing the new sanctions bill said Tuesday that they would hold off a vote until late March. And while officials on both sides say the underlying security and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel will continue, some political analysts close to the Obama administration say it may not work as hard to rally its allies to Israel’s side in critical forums like the United Nations.
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Mr. Netanyahu, who has made the Iranian nuclear program a mainstay of his career, insists his motivations are not political and declared on Sunday: “I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the state of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.” Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to Washington who orchestrated the invitation with Mr. Boehner, said at an event in Florida that speaking out on Iran was the prime minister’s “deepest moral obligation” and “most sacred duty.”


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Antitank Missile Hits Israeli Military Vehicle Along Lebanese Border

Antitank Missile Hits Israeli Military Vehicle Along Lebanese Border

28/Jan/2015  //  264 Viewers

JERUSALEM — At least one Israeli military vehicle was hit by an antitank missile in a disputed area along the Lebanese border on Wednesday, according to the Israeli military, in what appeared to be the most serious flare-up in the area in years.

The military said there were casualties among the soldiers, but did not provide details. There may also have been some civilian casualties, according to the military, but the situation was not immediately clear.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement that its Quneitra Martyrs Brigade carried it out at 11:35 a.m.

The attack on Wednesday was the latest in a string of recent events along Israel’s northern frontiers that have sharply escalated tensions between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and that have raised the risk of broader confrontation.

About an hour after the initial attack on the military convoy, several mortar shells were fired at Israeli military positions in the border area and on Mount Hermon in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, without causing injury.

The Israeli military said it responded with combined aerial and ground strikes at what it called “Hezbollah operational positions” in Lebanon, and said that it might take further action.

“At these moments, the I.D.F. is responding to events in the north,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter, referring to the Israel Defense Forces. “We will not allow terror elements to disrupt the lives of our citizens and threaten their security. We will know how to respond with force to whoever challenges us.”

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli military, described the events as “a severe escalation on our northern border.” Military leaders convened in Tel Aviv to assess the situation.

In the early afternoon, the two sides were still firing rockets or artillery at each other, the National News Agency of Lebanon reported. Witnesses in southern Lebanon said that Israeli ordnance had landed on their side of the border, extending from Shebaa to the south. The Lebanese news channel Al Mayadeen also reported that at least eight Israeli rockets had hit southern Lebanon.

The National News Agency said that a Spanish soldier serving in the United Nations peacekeeping force on the border was wounded when Israeli shells hit Abbasiyeh, a village in southern Lebanon. Al Manar, Hezbollah’s news channel, reported that the Spanish soldier was killed.

The National News Agency also said that an Israeli soldier had been captured from the convoy that was hit in the initial attack. Israeli officials said none of their soldiers were missing.




Israel’s hardline foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, told his Chinese counterpart during a visit to Beijing that Israel should “change its approach” and respond to the missile attack “in a very harsh and disproportionate manner,” according to a statement on his Facebook page.

The hostilities have been building for days. On Tuesday , at least two rockets fired from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights, without causing injury. Israel responded immediately with artillery toward the suspected launching sites in Syria, and overnight it carried out airstrikes in Syrian territory in areas under the control of the Syrian Army.

Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, said the airstrikes were “a clear message that we will not tolerate any fire toward Israeli territory and any violation of our sovereignty, and we will respond with force and determination,” according to a statement from his office.

That exchange came nine days after a deadly airstrike, attributed to Israel, on a convoy in the Syrian portion of the Golan Heights. The airstrike killed five fighters from Hezbollah , including the son of the group’s slain military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, and an Iranian general . Israeli military commentators said that Hezbollah and its Iranian patron had been building an infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights with which to attack Israel.

Hezbollah, which fought a monthlong war against Israel in 2006, is now fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Since that strike, the Israeli Army has been on high alert in expectation of a revenge attack. A top Iranian commander had warned Israel to prepare for a “shattering thunderbolt.”

Israeli military analysts predicted that Hezbollah would hit back against Israeli soldiers to exact revenge, but that it would avoid a full-scale war — a more likely outcome if it directed attacks at Israeli civilians.

Still, several retired Israeli military generals said that Wednesday’s exchange was more serious than previous ones, and that it might be difficult to avoid further escalation.

“The tension in the north, it’s a very tricky and I would say flammable situation,” Israel Ziv, a reserve major general who once led the army’s operations directorate, said in a call with international journalists. “It’s very clear that, very easily from events and retaliation, we will find ourselves in a war that does not belong to Israel.”

Kobi Marom, a former commander in the north who lives in the Golan Heights, said both Israel and Hezbollah wanted to avoid another war, but that it may be impossible.

“This serious incident with casualties calls for a response,” Mr. Marom said on Israel Radio. “Even if both sides don’t want it, we could deteriorate to a very difficult reality.”

The escalation is taking place against the background of an election campaign in Israel. Mr. Netanyahu, who is viewed by many Israelis as having strong security credentials, is competing for a fourth term in office.

Wednesday’s attack took place in the Shebaa Farms, an area known as Mount Dov in Israel. Lebanon considers it occupied by Israel, and Syria also claims it. Israel captured the area, along with the adjacent Golan Heights, in the 1967 war and later annexed both regions in a move not recognized by the United Nations.

It had echoes of the cross-border raid by Hezbollah in 2006 that precipitated the war, which left more than 1,000 Lebanese and roughly 160 Israelis dead. At the time, Hezbollah fired an antitank missile at an Israeli border patrol. Three soldiers were killed and two were seized and taken into Lebanon. Five more Israeli soldiers were killed as they gave chase.

The remains of the captive soldiers were returned to Israel in a prisoner exchange in 2008. Israeli officials concluded that both soldiers had been badly wounded in the initial ambush and had probably not survived.

Shortly before Wednesday’s attack, a Hezbollah fighter in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon said by telephone that residents were storing food, fearing an Israeli attack.


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Whose Line is it Anyway? That's More Than 70 Billion Dollars

Whose Line is it Anyway? That's More Than 70 Billion Dollars

28/Jan/2015  //  251 Viewers

In one long shot, the camera captured a queue with a net worth upwards of $70 billion. There they waited patiently, the who's who of India Inc to meet US President Barack Obama, described as the most powerful man in the world.

The size of the economy he controls qualifies him for that epithet. And business was high on the agenda of POTUS. Bilateral trade with the US currently stands at just $100 billion, but President Obama has pitched India-US trade at $500 billion over the next decade.

The 15-odd businessmen, and women, in that frame run companies that together have a market capitalisation of over $300 billion, which is roughly one-sixth of the Indian economy.

Impressive from an India point of view, but some numbers put in perspective why India's rich and powerful stood so patiently to meet the US President. America's economy is nearly 10 times that of India's, with a GDP of $17 trillion. And America's richest man - Microsoft founder Bill Gates - has a net worth of $81 billion - more than all of the 15 Indian business leaders in the photograph.

There is Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, who is also India's richest man. His company has three joint ventures with Chevron, Pioneer Natural Resources and Carrizo Oil and Gas with aggregate investments worth $7.7 billion, according to Ficci.

The Tata Group, which has a market cap of around $130 billion, is represented in the queue by its former and current chairpersons - Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. TCS, India's biggest outsourcer, gets a majority of its revenues from the US.

The software industry is represented also by Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and Anand Mahindra, whose M&M Group includes IT major Tech Mahindra.

Essar Group Chairman Shashi Ruia is there, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani some people after his older brother, Mukesh. Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal waited too in the queue.

Adani Enterprises Chairman Gautam Adani is also in the frame as is Biocon's billionaire chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, an outspoken industry leader.

ICICI Bank's CEO Chanda Kocchar is the other key woman business leader in the "waiting to meet Obama" picture.

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Malaysia to Release MH370 Report One Day Before Anniversary

Malaysia to Release MH370 Report One Day Before Anniversary

28/Jan/2015  //  240 Viewers

Kuala Lumpur:  Malaysia will release an interim report on its investigation into Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearance, an official said today.

However, deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi declined comment on whether the report would contain any revelations on the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet.

"It is a report by the investigation team. It will be a lengthy report of a few hundred pages," he said.

The report is being compiled and released by the Department of Civil Aviation and is required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) one year after air accidents, he said.

MH370 vanished on March 8 of last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in what remains one of history's great aviation mysteries.

Malaysian authorities say satellite data indicates the plane inexplicably detoured to the remote southern Indian Ocean, and "deliberate" on-board action is suspected.

But no firm evidence has turned up yet despite an ongoing Australian-led search of the supposed crash region - the most expensive search and rescue operation in history.

Malaysia launched various investigations into the affair but has so far released no information on any findings.

Malaysian authorities had released a report required by the ICAO a few weeks after the incident last year, but it contained little that was not already known.

Some next-of-kin bitterly accuse the Malaysian government and its flag carrier of a chaotic and bungled response to the plane's initial diversion that allowed the jet to disappear.

They continue to maintain that the truth is being covered up. Those charges have been strenuously denied.

Various theories have been floated on what happened to the plane including hijack, rogue pilot action, mechanical malfunction or a catastrophic event that disabled the cockpit crew. But no clues have emerged to bolster any of the scenarios.

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IGP Abba Again, Meets With Families Of Missing Policemen

IGP Abba Again, Meets With Families Of Missing Policemen

28/Jan/2015  //  192 Viewers

 The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba CFR, NPM, NPOM, mni, has assured Nigerians that the Force will stand by its personnel at all times, while further pledging the determination of the Force to perform its statutory duties against all odds.

The Police Chief stated this on Monday January 5th, 2015, at the Police Mobile Force 50 Base, Kubwa Abuja, when he visited families of Policemen who have been declared missing following the attack by Boko Haram insurgents at the Police Mobile Training College, Gwoza on the 20th August, 2014.


IGP Abba, who was represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the PMF CP Ibrahim Idris, said the Force is saddened that its men are missing but however assured that the Nigeria Police Force would continue to perform its statutory duties of safeguarding lives and property in spite of all odds.



 He gave each of the six (6) families five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000) and food items with a promise that salaries of the missing policemen will be paid for one year with effect from August 2014 when the sad incident occurred.


An appreciative SP Olutoyin Enisenyin, who is the Squadron Commander of the 50 PMF Kubwa, thanked IGP Abba for the kind gesture while pledging the unflinching loyalty of his men to the Force.

Also, one Mrs Esther Ishaya, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked the IGP for his show of love and concern and promised that the money would be judiciously used.



Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FORCE HEADQUARTERS,

ABUJA

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