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In pictures: Hope, despair as search continues for vanished Malaysian jet

It's been five days since 239 people on board a Malaysian Airlines jetliner went missing, leaving friends and families behind to grapple with their inexplicable disappearance

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Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

AP

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A woman writes a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 12, 2014.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Men offer prayers during a candlelight vigil for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 10, 2014.

Lai Seng Sin/AP

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A girl lights a candle next to a message that reads "Pray for MH370" during a candlelight vigil held by ethnic Malaysian Chinese for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014.

EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane is surrounded by media as she answers questions about how families are being compensated outside a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane in Beijing, China Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Andy Wong/AP

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A woman holds a candle and a sign during a vigil held by ethnic Malaysian Chinese for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014.

EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 watch a TV news program about the missing flight as they wait for official updates from Malaysia Airlines at a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Alexander F. Yuan/AP

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A journalist kisses Wan Tom Wan Chik, the mother of 33-year-old Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passenger Mohd Sofuan Razak, after an interview at the hotel where relatives of the passengers are staying in Putrajaya March 10, 2014.

SAMSUL SAID/REUTERS

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Malaysian ethnic Chinese launch a "Kongming" lantern with well wishes written by attendees at a candlelight vigil for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014.

EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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People hold a banner and candles during a candlelight vigil for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 10, 2014.

Lai Seng Sin/AP

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A woman holds a sign of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 she made and brought to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 11, 2014.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A woman writes messages of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 11, 2014.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A woman holds a candle as she takes part in a candlelight vigil held by Malaysian ethnic Chinese for the passengers of Malaysia Airlines MH370 near Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2014.

EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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Photographs showing one of the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft Chandrika Sharma, left, her husband Narendran and daughter Meghna, are displayed during a press conference in Chennai, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Arun Sankar K/AP

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A tribute to the passengers and crew onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is seen inside a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.

SAMSUL SAID/REUTERS

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A man stands under an umbrella near an office building with lights forming the words MH370, the flight number of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Shanghai, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

AP

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Buddhist monks pray during an interfaith prayer called "Hope" for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.

SAMSUL SAID/REUTERS

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A woman holds a sign of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 she made and brought to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 11, 2014.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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