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  • Still no success as deep-sea drone searches for MH370

  • The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading on Friday, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage. Sonar footage by the U.S. Navy owned Bluefin-21 has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 kms (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. The search has centered on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But after four missions to depths of about 4.5 kms (2.8 miles), two of those aborted early for technical reasons, Australian search authorities said on Friday that the drone had yet to turn up a meaningful lead.



  • Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

  • A Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft takes off from Pearce Airbase, north of Perth, Australia to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane.



  • Turkish parliament approves law expanding secret services: TV

  • Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara on April 17, 2014 for his Malaysian counterpart who is on an official visit to TurkeyAnkara (AFP) - Turkish parliament on Thursday approved a controversial law expanding the power of Turkey's national intelligence services amid a widespread corruption scandal hitting the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported.



  • Crews to test submersible's limits in push to find MH370

  • This image taken on April 14, 2014 and received on April 15, 2014 from the US Navy shows operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield moving US Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370Perth (Australia) (AFP) - A US Navy submersible will be taken past its recommended depth limit in hopes of locating missing flight MH370, Australian authorities said Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott set a one-week deadline to spot wreckage. "This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area," the Perth-based Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a statement. Hopes for finding the plane have come to rest upon the Bluefin-21 after signals believed to be emanating from the plane's flight data recorders on the seabed fell silent in recent days before their source could be pinpointed.



  • Westwood roars back to lead Malaysia Open

  • England's Lee Westwood tees off on the seventh hole during the opening day of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2014Lee Westwood fired eight birdies to surge to the first-round lead of the Malaysian Open on Thursday with a seven-under par 65, staying sharp after a solid performance at last week's Masters. Big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium was just a stroke back on 66 after matching the Englishman's birdie count but falling short due to a pair of bogeys on day one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. But he kept a clean card the rest of the way by sinking some long putts and ending the day with three straight birdies. Itâ s nice to have a good start and build some momentum for the week," said Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997.



  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open.
  • Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

  • A Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft takes off from Pearce Airbase, north of Perth, Australia to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.



  • Reporters charged with defamation remanded on bail in Thailand

  • By Amy Sawitta Lefevre PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Two journalists were remanded on bail in Thailand on Thursday on charges of criminal defamation and other offences in connection with a story they published on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar. Alan Morison, an Australian, and Thai national Chutima Sidasathian published a story last July for the Phuketwan news website about Rohingya boat people who had fled Myanmar and were mostly trying to get to Malaysia. A criminal court on the island of Phuket in the south of Thailand, where the news website is based, ruled the case against the two journalists should proceed and set the first hearing for May 26. Two Reuters journalists, Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall, won a Pulitzer prize on Monday for a year-long series of stories on the Rohingya written from Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia.
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