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Malaysia's defence minister hopeful MH370 will be found PERTH: Malaysia's Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday his country was determined to find missing Flight MH370, as he was briefed by Australian officials leading the complex search deep in the Indian Ocean.Hishammuddin, who is in the Western Australian port of Fremantle to inspect one of the search ships, the GO Phoenix, said the passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines jet "remain in our thoughts and also in our prayers"."We must continue to hope because sometimes hope is all we have," Hishammuddin told reporters. "We will find MH370."The passenger aircraft was carrying 239 people, about two-thirds of them from China, when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. No sign of the Boeing 777 has ever been found despite a massive air and sea search.The jet is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after inexplicably veering off course. Hishammuddin was ...

South Korea urges North to release other detainees SEOUL: South Korea on Wednesday welcomed North Korea's release of a US citizen, but immediately urged it to free two other American detainees and a South Korean missionary who was arrested on espionage charges.Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained in April after apparently leaving a Bible in the bathroom of a nightclub in the North, flew out of Pyongyang on a Pentagon plane on Tuesday."Our government welcomes Fowle's release," a South Korean foreign ministry official said."We ...
China to send orbiter to moon and back: report BEIJING: China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.The spacecraft, which has not been named, will launch between Friday and Sunday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.It is China's first lunar module capable of returning to Earth, which will require withstanding the high temperatures that develop when a probe re-enters the terrestrial atmosphere.It ...
Indonesian president ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern JAKARTA: New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates. Widodo, who won a closely fought July election on promises of clean government, will want to avoid the same type of corruption scandals that tainted his predecessor's final term in office. Three of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ministers were implicated in corruption cases. ...
Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98 SYDNEY: Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98."A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians," said his children Antony, Nicholas, Stephen and Catherine in announcing his death.Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the Labor stalwart "a giant ...
Kerry in Indonesia seeks Asian support against Islamic State JAKARTA: US Secretary of State John Kerry met leaders from the Asia Pacific region in Indonesia on Monday, seeking more help in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East.In a one-day stop in Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Kerry scheduled bilateral meetings with the new leader of the world's largest Muslim population, the prime ministers of neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia's prime minister and ...
Japan PM accepted METI min Obuchi's resignation TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accepted the resignation of trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi, Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was speaking at a regular press conference after Obuchi announced she was stepping down following allegations that her support groups had misused political funds. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

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