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Sen. Chris Murphy weighs on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and the latest on missing Flight 370.
(CNN) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was hundreds of miles off course, traveling in the opposite direction from its original destination and had stopped sending identifying transponder codes before it disappeared, a senior Malaysian Air Force official told CNN Tuesday.
The head of the international police organization Interpol said that his agency increasingly believed the incident was not related to terrorism. Among the evidence pointing in that direction, Noble said: news from Malaysian authorities that one of two people said to be traveling on stolen passports, an Iranian, was trying to travel to his mother in Germany.
"The more information we get, the more we're inclined to conclude that it was not a terrorist incident," Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said at a news conference in Lyon, France.
Counter terrorism expert Phil Mudd agrees, saying it doesn't "feel" like the situation is terrorism-related.
(CNN) – Russia began large-scale air defense drills 280 miles east from its border with Ukraine Thursday, according to Russian state news.
But White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes downplayed the surprise military exercises in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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CNN's Jake Tapper sat down with FlipBoard to share his thoughts on how to succeed as a Washington journalist, and how social media has changed the media landscape.
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(CNN) – Tension dramatically mounted in Ukraine's Crimea region Friday as its ambassador to the United Nations warned Russia against any further violation of its territorial borders, a warning that came as the United States urged Russia to pull back from the region or face possible consequences.