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Australian navy ship detects new signals 'consistent' with black boxes PERTH: An Australian navy ship has detected new signals "consistent" with aircraft black boxes, a senior official said Monday, describing it as the "most promising lead" so far in the search for MH370.Search chief Angus Houston said the team now had an underwater search area which was narrowly focused and that the signals had left them "encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be". "The towed pinger locator deployed from the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with those emitted from aircraft black boxes," the former Australian defence chief who is leading the search coordination body said, though he emphasised that further confirmation was needed."We have not found the aircraft yet, we need further confirmation," he said of the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board.Houston described the information received over the last 24 hours as "very encouraging."One ...

Japan to strike incoming North Korean missiles: report TOKYO: Japan's defence chief has ordered the armed forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that threaten to hit the country, according to media reports.Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday -- without publicly announcing it -- after North Korea launched two medium-range ballistic missiles on March 26 towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), Kyodo News and other media said on Saturday, quoting a government source.A mid-range missile fired from ...
China nursery head given death for child poisoning: media BEIJING: A Chinese court has sentenced the head of a kindergarten and an accomplice to death for killing two children with poisoned yoghurt in northern China, state-run media reported Sunday.Kindergarten head Shi Haixia poisoned the children last year in a revenge attack aimed at a rival school in Hebei province which had higher enrollment, state broadcaster CCTV reported. A court in Hebei sentenced Shi and an accomplice to death, while another person was given a ...
Chinese ship in MH370 search detects 'pulse signal' BEIJING: A Chinese ship searching the Indian Ocean for flight MH370 detected a signal at a frequency used by the missing aircraft's black boxes on Saturday, but Australia warned there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the plane.Four weeks exactly after the jet, carrying 239 people, went missing during an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported that a black box detector on board the Chinese ...
Shallow 5.3-magnitude quake jolts southwest China: Xinhua BEIJING: A shallow 5.3 quake struck southwest China Saturday, sending terrified residents running from their homes as dozens of houses collapsed and injuring at least 25 people, state media reported.The tremor in Yunnan province, near the border with Sichuan, hit at 6.40 am (2240 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 13 kilometres (eight miles), Xinhua news agency said, citing the China Earthquake Networks Center.Residents ran out of their homes after they were woken up ...
Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM BANGKOK: Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts.More than 3,000 police and troops have been mobilised for the rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok, following political violence in which 24 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in recent months.Thailand has been rocked by years of sometimes bloody street protests by ...
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts southwest China BEIJING: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities checking for damage. The tremor in Yunnan province, near the border with Sichuan, was at a depth of 26 kilometres (16 miles) and hit early Saturday morning, USGS said.It struck seven kilometres (four miles) from the town of Xiluodu in Yongshan County, which is home to the Xiluodu Dam -- one of the tallest in the world.The China Earthquake Networks ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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