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Singapore defends Malaysia's efforts on missing plane
Friday, March 28, 2014

SINGAPORE, March 28: Singapore on Friday came to Malaysia's defence after scathing criticism of Kuala Lumpur's handling of the disappearance of a passenger plane with 239 people on board.
 
Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam also said Malaysia's Southeast Asian neighbours did what they could to help in the early days of searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but most of them lack the necessary resources for large scale assistance....

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Australia says fruitless MH370 search effort not wasted
Friday, March 28, 2014

CANBERRA, March 28: Australian authorities searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 denied today that their fruitless scouring of the southern Indian Ocean had been a waste of time, as they shifted to a new search area.
 
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has been coordinating an international hunt for the missing Boeing 777 in hostile waters some 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth for 11 days....

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Planes race to fresh MH370 search zone after credible new lead
Friday, March 28, 2014

PERTH, March 28: A multinational fleet of planes and ships raced Friday to a fresh search zone after a credible new lead that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying faster than first thought before it plunged into the remote Indian Ocean.
 
Ten aircraft from six countries -- Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States -- diverted to an...

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Malaysians hit back at China over MH370
Friday, March 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28: Malaysians are chafing at scathing Chinese criticism over the lost MH370 passenger jet, with fed-up officials, media and citizens now hitting back after being assailed as a nation of incompetent liars and murderers.
 
Authorities here have been on the defensive since the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese citizens....

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Lake Albert boat disaster killed 251 people
Thursday, March 27, 2014

KINSHASA, March 27: More than 251 Congolese refugees perished in the weekend sinking of a crowded boat on Lake Albert, between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, it was confirmed here today.
 
Government spokesman Lambert Mende also declared three days of national mourning starting Thursday in the wake of Saturday's disaster.
 
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Justness, legitimacy of Bangsamoro cause recognised
Thursday, March 27, 2014

MANILA : The landmark Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was inked here Thursday with the recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people and their aspiration to chart a political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity.     ...

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Bad weather in Indian Ocean hampers search on day 20
Thursday, March 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27: Another day has been lost in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that entered its 20th day today due to bad weather in the southern Indian Ocean.
 
The operation that started early today, involving 11 aircraft and five ships to look for the Boeing 777-200ER in treacherous waters, was suspended when weather conditions deteriorated as the day progressed....

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World's longest-serving death row inmate granted retrial in Japan
Thursday, March 27, 2014

TOKYO, March 27: A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was today granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.
 
Shizuoka District Court decided to start the retrial over the case of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official said....

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Malaysia in uncharted territory on crash probe
Thursday, March 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27: The Malaysia Airlines crash investigation is shaping up as the most challenging in history due to jurisdictional tangles and a lack of evidence so far, and any answers could take years to emerge.
 
Malaysia has little experience in aviation probes, let alone one as perplexing as the case of flight MH370, which is presumed to have crashed far from Malaysian shores somewhere in the vast and inhospitable southern Indian Ocean....

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Chinese relatives renew pressure on Malaysian envoy
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BEIJING, March 26: Frustrated relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 demanded answers from the Malaysian ambassador for a second consecutive day today, with some openly insulting him at a hotel here.
 
"All the things that were promised, we have received nothing. Was the ambassador talking out of the other end of his body -- was he talking out of his arse?" one relative said....

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