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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Malaysian jetliner missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about 7 1/2 hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up as far as Kazakhstan or deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's leader said Saturday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken on a new role overseeing a group in charge of deepening military reform, state media said on Saturday, adding to the list of new bodies Xi is taking charge of in his rapid consolidation of power. Xi is already head of the military in his role as chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission. Official news agency Xinhua said Xi had chaired the first meeting of the new leading group for deepening reform on national defense and the military, in the first mention of the group by state media. During the military meeting, Xi "stressed the country's military reform should be guided by the objective of building a strong army", Xinhua said.