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Search for MH370 likely to end by August SYDNEY: The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.Less than 15,000 square kilometres remain to be scoured out of a 120,000 sq km target zone off western Australia where the passenger jet is presumed to have crashed.Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) head Martin Dolan said there was no indication the zone would be extended."We have some way to go and our best bet is that we will complete that search late July, early August, depending on unforeseen circumstances," Dolan told The Australian newspaper, referring to rough weather."The technical capability is there to continue the search but the resources to do it is a matter for government," he said.Hopes of finding the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, are receding."At this point there ...

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Global growth tops agenda as G7 meeting kicks off in Japan SENDAI: Finance ministers and central bankers from the G7 kicked off meetings in Japan Friday that could highlight a divide among the club of rich nations over currency policy and how to rev up global growth.The two days of talks will see host Japan keen to win an endorsement for its position that fiscal stimulus is the way to kickstart the world economy, after a rally in the yen hit the country's exporters and worsened ...

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Taiwan's Tsai calls for 'positive dialogue' with Beijing TAIPEI: Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen called for "positive dialogue" with China in her much-anticipated inauguration speech Friday, striking a conciliatory tone in the face of an increasingly hostile Beijing.Tsai took office as the island's first female president after winning a landslide victory in January to defeat the ruling Kuomintang, ending an eight-year rapprochement with Beijing under outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou.Voters felt Ma had moved too close to China, which still sees self-ruling Taiwan as ...

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200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens COLOMBO: Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts Friday to flee their flooded capital as fresh downpours elsewhere hampered relief efforts.The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud.Officials have urged those living in affected areas to leave immediately, with more than 60 people known to have died so far ...

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Philippine boxing star Pacquiao wins seat in Senate MANILA: Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, WBO world welterweight champion, scored a big political victory on Thursday when the elections commission declared he was among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress. Last week, about 80 percent of 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots to choose a president, vice president, 12 senators, 200 members of the lower house of Congress and 18,000 local officials in general elections held every six years."I can ...

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Top China official bringing 'caring heart' to Hong Kong HONG KONG: One of China's most powerful officials tells Hong Kong he brings a "caring heart", in a conciliatory start to a visit Tuesday that has stirred anger in a city that resents Beijing's tightening grip.The three-day trip by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China's communist-controlled legislature, is the first by such a senior official in four years and comes as concerns grow in semi-autonomous Hong Kong that its long-cherished freedoms are under threat. While Zhang ...

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Australia delays 'backpacker tax' after backlash SYDNEY: Working holidaymakers from overseas were given a reprieve Tuesday from being hit with a so-called "backpacker tax" in Australia after a campaign by farmers and the tourism industry.The government, which is in election mode with polls on July 2, had planned to introduce the levy on foreign travellers who are often young and work in agriculture and hospitality as a vital source of seasonal labour.It would have meant that from July 1 they paid ...