Oh British tabloids… keep the journalism coming.
In non-British tabloid news, the search for Malaysian Airlines’ Flight 370 continues, with the investigation now focusing on the aircrew.
After the news hit that the plane had been deliberately diverted from its planned course and flew as much as seven hours to an unknown location, police officers searched the home of the plane’s pilot and co-pilot to see if they could find anything remotely sketchy. The co-pilot reportedly spoke to air control shortly after the signal system was disabled, but did not state any problems or signs of stress…. which is very suspicious. But officials aren’t 100% clear whether the final words from the cockpit came before or after the plane’s data-reporting system was shut down. Meanwhile, Malaysia is seeking the help of other governments for a search across a large part of Asia. Rescuers are now concentrating on two air corridors – one stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, and another from Indonesia to the Indian Ocean. CNN
Things not to do at Machu Picchu: take naked photos of yourself. Two Canadians have been arrested for taking nude photos at the historic Machu Picchu site, following a warning from Peru’s Ministry of Culture to be more respectful. The two 20-year-olds, Marc Antoine Daudelin and Patrice Mathieu, were taken away by police and had their cellphone photographs erased. Apparently nude Machu Picchu shots are the new thing to post of social media sites such as the Facebook page Naked at Monuments and the nude travel blog MyNakedTrip.com. Hours before the Canadian duo went on a streaking photoshoot, two Australians were also arrested by Peruvian police for “crimes against culture.” National Post
Australians are so mad they are making signs. Tens of thousands of Australians took to the streets over the weekend to protest pretty much everything to do with Tony Abbott’s government. The March for March protesters had a mixed bag of causes including climate change, the treatment of asylum seekers, marriage equality, the tax system and media ownership. But they were united by one thing: anger and frustration at everything that’s happened since the federal election. Holding signs reading “Resign, Dickhead”, “Worst. Government. Ever”, and “Stop Being Awful”, demonstrators marched through the streets of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. When asked about the protests during a press conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded: “My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick’s Day parade. That is the big event in Sydney today. I wish all of them well.” Sydney Morning Herald
Putin has declared Crimea independent – something Quebec can only dream of! On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the “Republic of Crimea” as a “sovereign and independent country” following its vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum that left a sour taste in the West’s mouth. Next step: Kremlin rule. But Kiev isn’t giving up that easy. “Crimea was, is, and will be our territory,” said Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh. AFP
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Los Angeles area (aka earthquake country) on Monday morning, the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008. While there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, it certainly rattled the nerves of two anchors from KTLA. In the middle of a broadcast, one shouts out “Earthquake! We’re having an earthquake,” prompting the duo to quickly hide under the desks. But the pair shouldn’t wipe the 4.4 magnitude shock off their faces just yet… Dr Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey warns that there is a 5% chance another strong quake will strike within the next three days. BBC News