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Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident", its Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said on Thursday. "We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident ... and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives," DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement. The announcement is in accordance with standards of annexes 12 and 13 in the International Civil Aviation, said Azharuddin. Malaysia Airlines was ready to proceed immediately with the compensation process to the next-of-kin of the passengers on the flight, he said.
Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double of a century and a world-record wicketkeeping performance inspired Sri Lanka to a 34-run win over New Zealand in their one-day series finale in Wellington on Thursday. They posted their highest total of the series with 287-6 from 50 overs, with Sangakkara contributing an unbeaten 113, and New Zealand were all out for 253 in the 46th over. When Corey Anderson threatened to blast New Zealand into contention with 29 off 20 deliveries, Sangakkara's diving one-handed catch to remove the sixth wicket made him the most successful ODI keeper.