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Tanzania debris to be checked for MH370 link: Australia SYDNEY: A piece of aircraft debris found off the coast of Tanzania will be examined to see whether it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian officials said Friday.Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester gave no description of the fragment found on Pemba Island, the latest in a string of pieces being examined for links to the aircraft lost more than two years ago with 239 people onboard."The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is seeking further information on the debris to ascertain whether it was from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, MH370," Chester said in a statement.The bureau said Malaysian officials were in contact with Tanzanian authorities to arrange for the piece to be examined.The final location of MH370, which was on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in March 2014, has never been found despite an extensive search.But pieces of debris thought almost certainly ...

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Australia's ties to Britain to stay 'intimate' after Brexit SYDNEY: Australia's relationship with Britain will stay "very strong and intimate", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday, adding he was confident negotiations over a free-trade deal with the EU would not be jeopardised by the Brexit vote.Australian financial markets joined global exchanges in a sea of red as Britons voted to exit the bloc, with the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 down almost four percent during the day's trade."I have no doubt... that our very strong and ...

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Japan probes suspected North Korean rocket nose cone amid growing missile concerns TOKYO: Japan on Thursday began to examine the suspected nose cone of a North Korean rocket that washed up on a Japanese beach hoping to glean information on the reclusive state's ballistic missile programme a day after it test-launched two more missiles. The red, white and blue item, believed to be half of the nose cone designed to protect the rocket's payload, was found on a beach in western Japan last Thursday and is suspected ...

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South Korea Approves Construction of Shin Kori 5, 6: watchdog SEOUL: South Korea's nuclear watchdog said on Thursday it has approved the construction of two nuclear power plants that were authorised by the government in 2014. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission backed the construction of the Shin Kori No. 5 and No. 6 reactors, in the city of Ulsan, about 410 km (255 miles), southeast of Seoul, after reviewing safety standards. It said the reactors would be completed as scheduled by March 2021 and ...

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Suu Kyi visit to Thailand spotlights Myanmar migrant plight MAHACHAI: Hundreds of migrants from Myanmar on Thursday gave Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi a thunderous welcome on her first visit to neighbouring Thailand since her National League for Democracy swept to election victory in November.Thailand is home to between two million and three million migrant workers from Myanmar, many of whom do back-breaking jobs most Thais are unwilling to do. Suu Kyi's visit has prompted renewed calls for better protection for the ...

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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker charged with corruption HONG KONG: A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker was charged Thursday by Hong Kong's corruption bureau over a payment from one of the city's best-known anti-China media tycoons, in a case he described as a political move.Leung Kwok-hung -- known locally as "Long Hair" -- is a prominent activist from the League of Social Democrats. He was arrested and charged with one count of misconduct in public office by the city's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).He is ...

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China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare BEIJING: Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said Thursday.Smelly synthetic sports fields and athletics circuits, along with students falling sick from exposure to them, have regularly made headlines in China in recent years.Parents of pupils at an elite elementary school in Beijing protested this month saying that their children suffered from nose ...