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Rosa Khutor (Russia) (AFP) - Athletes set out about turning the spotlight on to the sporting action as competition got under way in the Winter Paralympics on Saturday after an opening ceremony overshadowed by Russia's intervention in Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin had opened the Games the night before in Sochi, which lies just southeast across the Black Sea from Ukraine's peninsula of Crimea which has been seized by pro-Moscow forces. Only one Ukrainian competitor, 37-year-old skier and biathlete Mykhailo Tkachenko, took part in the opening ceremony, in a symbolic protest against Russia's incursion into Crimea.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed.