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The Associated Press
Date
March 15, 2014

10 Things to Know: This Week’s Takeaways

Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

1. MYSTERY OF MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES PLANE UNSOLVED

Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, vanished not long after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur for Beijng on March 8, and hasn’t been heard from since. A search for the Boeing 777 has found no wreckage and the latest evidence suggests the plane didn’t experience a catastrophic incident. Some experts theorize that one of the pilots, or someone else with flying experience, hijacked the plane or committed suicide by plunging the jet into the sea.

2. ‘NO COMMON GROUND’ BETWEEN U.S., RUSSIA ON UKRAINE

With a secession vote looming in Crimea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Friday on the crisis. Lavrov said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not make any decision about what to do with Crimea — which is under the control of Russian-backed forces — until after Sunday’s vote. Kerry said the international community won’t recognize the outcome of the referendum.

3. DISPUTE ERUPTS BETWEEN SENATE AND CIA

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday accused the CIA of improperly searching and removing documents from a computer network used by Senate investigators to compile a report on the George W. Bush-era interrogation program for suspected terrorists. CIA Director John Brennan denied the CIA hacked the computers but says an audit was necessary to determine if Senate staff had improperly obtained sensitive CIA documents.

4. SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS THROWN 2.8 MILLION CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL

The U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday nearly half of Syria’s school-age children cannot get an education because of the violence. It estimates that 2 million children are in need of psychological support or treatment, and thousands have lost limbs, parents, teachers, schools, homes and virtually every aspect of their childhood.

5. POPE FRANCIS MARKS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE

The pontiff made an appeal Thursday — the first anniversary of his election — by tweeting: “Please pray for me.” He spent the anniversary at a retreat south of Rome with senior Vatican cardinals and monsignors.

6. FORMER FLORIDA GOV. REUBIN ASKEW DIES AT 85

Askew, who died Thursday, was governor from 1971 to 1979. He was remembered as a leader who left enduring legacies in open government and ethics, and as a champion for gender and racial equality. He gave the keynote speech at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. He declined a request by presidential nominee George McGovern to be his running mate.

7. NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN WINS UNANIMOUS VOTE OF APPROVAL

Voters went to the polls Sunday to approve deputies for the Supreme People’s Assembly. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years. North Korea’s media reported Kim won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot.

8. JONATHAN MARTIN TRADED FROM MIAMI DOLPHINS TO SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

The offensive tackle, who was traded Tuesday, left the Dolphins last fall after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying. An investigation for the NFL determined last month that Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

9. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER SHOWS ‘SMALL, ENCOURAGING SIGNS’ HE MAY WAKE FROM COMA

More than two months after a skiing crash left the Formula One champion with severe head injuries, his agent said Wednesday that the former driver’s family remains confident that he will wake up. “We also know that this is the time to be very patient,” added family representative Sabine Kehm.

10. OBAMA TRADES QUIPS WITH ZACH GALIFIANAKIS

The president’s appearance on the “Between Two Ferns” satirical online talk show, posted Tuesday, has hit 15 million views. He urged young people to sign up for the new health care plan. In the clip, Galifianakis peppered Obama with awkward questions, including whether he’d locate his presidential library in Hawaii or Kenya.

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