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Prime Minister Robert Fico and millionaire-philanthropist Andrej Kiska will face off on March 29, in the second round of Slovakia's presidential election after clinching the top two spots in voting on Saturday. Fico scored 28 percent of the vote in round one compared to Kiska's 24 percent, the SME newspaper reported, based on complete results from the election commission. "Fico is the winner on paper but Kiska is the real winner here," Marian Lesko, a Bratislava-based analyst said, adding that round two "will be a referendum on Fico." A win for the popular Fico, a 49-year-old ex-communist, would mean the presidency, parliament and government will be controlled by the same party for the first time since Slovakia won independence in 1993.
By Anshuman Daga and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A missing Malaysian airliner appears to have been deliberately steered off course after someone on board shut down its communications, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday. But the new satellite data gave no precise location, and the plane's altered course could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, he said. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard. "Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate." Search operations by navies and aircraft from more than a dozen nations were immediately called off in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea to the east of Malaysia, where the plane dropped off civilian air traffic control screens at 1:22 a.m. last Saturday (1722 GMT on Friday).