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Australia to buy surveillance drones to patrol borders SYDNEY: Australia announced plans Thursday for a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned drones to help patrol the nation's borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which can remain airborne for 33 hours, would be based in the southern city of Adelaide.A report in February said seven of the US-made drones would be purchased for Aus$3.0 billion (US$2.7 billion), but Abbott said the details of how many, when they will be bought and the costs had yet to be finalised."These aircraft will patrol Australia's vast ocean approaches, and work closely with other existing and future Australian Defence Force assets to secure our ocean resources, including energy resources off northern Australia, and help to protect our borders," he said."They will provide the Australian Defence Force with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities, operating at altitudes up to 55,000 feet (16,800 metres) ...


Malaysia sends plane to site of China satellite images in jet search KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said Thursday it dispatched an aircraft to investigate the site where Chinese satellites photographed three "suspected floating objects", near an area where several nations have been hunting for wreckage from a missing passenger plane."Bombardier has already been dispatched to investigate alleged claims of debris being found by Chinese satellite imagery," Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on his Twitter feed."Bombardier" apparently refers to the Canadian-made plane sent by Malaysia to the site. The ...

Three dead, 63 hurt as NY buildings collapse NEW YORK: A major explosion caused by a gas leak flattened two Manhattan apartment buildings in a fireball Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 63 others.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident "a tragedy of the worst kind" and his office said nine residents from the two collapsed buildings were still unaccounted for by nightfall.Firefighters battled throughout the afternoon to extinguish the heavy fire in East Harlem, where witnesses compared the scene of ...

Slovaks vote for president, with PM in power play BRATISLAVA: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is poised to win a presidential election that begins Saturday, sparking concern that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolise power in the eurozone member.A win by ex-communist Fico, the leading candidate in a field of 14 contenders, would mean the presidency, parliament and government would be controlled by the same party for the first time since Slovakia won independence in 1993.Fico, 49, has earned valuable political capital during his ...

Hong Kong stocks up 0.45pc at lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks climbed 0.45 percent in the morning session Thursday as investors await the release of Chinese economic data.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 97.84 points to 21,999.79 by the break on turnover of HK$33.66 billion ($4.34 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Euro hits 17-month high vs dollar NEW YORK: The euro jumped to its highest level against the dollar in 17 months Wednesday, topping the $1.39 level as traders voted more confidence in the eurozone.Analysts said that although eurozone industrial production dropped 0.2 percent in January from December, the pace marked an improvement and it was consistent with an economy picking up pace.At 2100 GMT the euro was at $1.3904, compared with $1.3863 late Tuesday.During trade it hit $1.3915, matching the 17-month ...


 



 
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