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Missing Jet Briefing Canceled After Shock Revelations

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File picture of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with the registration number 9M-MRO flying over Poland February 5, 2014. The same plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, dropped off air traffic control screens at about 1:30 a.m. on March 8, 2014, less than an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were no reports of bad weather or mechanical problems. Tomasz Bartkowiak / Reuters, file

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Malaysian authorities canceled a daily press conference at which they were set to answer questions about the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight a week ago.

Earlier on Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said for the first time that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered sharply off its flight plan because of “deliberate action by someone on the plane.” Razak said the plane communicated with satellites for hours after it disappeared and might have ended up thousands of miles away.

His disclosures, at a press briefing in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, represented the first big break in the investigation since the plane disappeared a week ago, with 239 people on board, on an overnight flight to Beijing.

- Keir Simmons and F. Brinley Bruton

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