Chinese Families Have Death Rituals Disrupted by Missing Malaysia Flight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_fcf7b66767.jpg (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- The vast majority of the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese or ethnic Chinese, and for them, in a culture that treasures ancestors and the rituals surrounding the passage of life into death, the possibility that no bodies may be found is excruciating. "It's horrible, just horrible," said Joy Chen, cultural icon and author of the popular Chinese-language book, Do Not Marry Before 30, who commutes between Los Angeles and her "second home" in Beijing.

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Malaysian Government Repeatedly Declines Help from Interpol in Search for Missing Plane

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_faece22f5d.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- The Malaysian government has repeatedly turned down assistance from Interpol to assist in its investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a senior Western law enforcement official told ABC News Saturday. That offer has since been repeated several times and declined each time. "It's the old pre-9/11 approach: close-hold information, don't share anything," the official said.

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US Officials: Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane’s Turns Suggest Control of Aircraft

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_e614beb255.jpg (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- Newly revealed information suggests a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner made a turn up the Strait of Malacca subsequent to a previously reported turn to the west that occurred around the time air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, a senior U.S. government official who has been briefed on the investigation told ABC News. The turns are indicative of someone at the controls of the plane, the official suggested -- an assessment that other experts seemed to agree with.

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What’s at Stake in the Crimea Referendum and How Will US React?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_49890c0dea.jpg (NEW YORK) -- On Sunday, the region of Crimea will hold a referendum on whether to declare its independence from Ukraine and ask to be absorbed by Russia. The region’s leaders have suggested they might move quickly to join Russia after the vote, but the United States and its allies have warned of sanctions if that plan goes ahead. What are they voting on? There are two questions on the ballot.

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Malaysian Pilots Probed But Their Homes Not Searched

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_c5981a94c4.jpgFacebook (NEW YORK) -- The investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has included a probe of the plane's two pilots, but Malaysian authorities said Friday they have yet to search their homes. Focus on the pilots has intensified following indications that two of the plane's communication systems were shut down in what U.S. officials believe was done manually, not by a catastrophic event.

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