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Flight data recorder retrieved from crashed AirAsia jet: official JAKARTA: The flight data recorder was retrieved Monday from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people on board, Indonesia's national search and rescue chief said."I received information from the National Transport Safety Committee chief that at 07:11 am, we succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder," Bambang Soelistyo told reporters. "What we are still trying to find is the cockpit voice recorder."Flight QZ8501 crashed on December 28 en route from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore. Indonesia's meteorological agency has said that stormy weather likely caused the Airbus A320-200 to go down but a definitive answer is impossible without the data recorders.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Orangutan returns to Indonesian wild, but abandons son JAKARTA: A once-blind female orangutan who regained her sight with surgery has returned to the rainforests of Indonesia's Sumatra island, but with only one of her young twins, an environment group said.Gober and her infants -- Ginting, a female, and Ganteng, a male, who will turn four this month -- were released on January 5 to a conservation forest as part of a reintroduction project by Swiss-based PanEco's Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. "Sadly, the plan ...
Hong Kong lawmaker will resign to trigger referendum on democracy HONG KONG: A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker pledged Friday to resign from Hong Kong's legislature, triggering a by-election to allow residents to "vent their anger" at Chinese authorities over proposals on how the city chooses its next leader.The issue was at the heart of months of mass protests in the former British colony where pro-democracy demonstrators blocked off stretches of main roads to call for true universal suffrage.Albert Ho's announcement that he would resign his seat ...
Search called off at Myanmar jade mine YANGON: Rescuers Friday called off the search at a jade mine in war-torn northern Myanmar that was struck by a landslide this week after all missing people were accounted for, police said.Four bodies were pulled from the rubble at the mine in Hpakant town, Kachin state, which was engulfed by a wall of mud on Tuesday evening.The landslide is believed to have occurred when debris heaped beside the mine collapsed after it was loosened by ...
Two dead, unknown number missing in Myanmar jade mine landslide YANGON: Rescuers continued to comb through rubble Thursday for victims of a landslide at a jade mine in war-torn northern Myanmar that killed at least two people, according to police.An unknown number of miners are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Hpakant town in Kachin state on Tuesday evening, a local police officer told AFP.The landslide is believed to have occurred after debris heaped beside the mine collapsed after it was loosened by ...
China pushes for bigger Latin America, Caribbean role BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to increase cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean Thursday as he opened a forum in Beijing with leaders from 30 countries in the region.The China-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) gathering comes as China pushes for more influence in what has traditionally been Washington's backyard, and with many in the area looking to the Asian nation to offset US dominance."China will focus on overall cooperation with ...
Korean Air heiress charged over 'nut rage' case SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday charged Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah with causing a safety hazard on a flight following a "nut rage" incident that sparked a national uproar.Cho, daughter of the airline's boss and herself a KAL executive at the time, ordered the chief purser off a December 5 New York-Seoul flight and compelled the taxiing plane to return to the terminal gate so he could disembark.She had taken exception to being served ...

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