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Indian Ocean

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in...

Xi arrives in Sri Lanka

China's President Xi Jinping yesterday held talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart, seeking to strengthen defence ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation that could provoke unease in neighbouring India. China is increasingly asserting its influence in Sri Lanka, a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes. It is already the largest investor, having financed the construction of a deep-sea port and an international airport. During his visit Xi will kick off building work on a Beijing-funded...

Indian Ocean search for MH370 missing plane refined

Indian Ocean search for MH370 missing plane refined

Australia says the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the search area in the Indian Ocean. Officials said further refinement of satellite data found the plane may have turned south earlier than thought. The announcement came as Australia and Malaysia signed an agreement on the search's...

Mh370 Probe

Pilot named as 'chief suspect'

Malaysia's criminal investigation into the disappearance of flight MH370 has identified the plane's pilot as its prime suspect, it has been reported. While the official results of the inquiry are yet to be published, details have been passed on to foreign governments and crash investigators, according to the Sunday Times. They revealed that after detectives carried out 170 interviews and profiled all of the 239 people on board the Boeing 777 when it vanished on 8 March, Captain Zaharie Shah was...

UK experts confident on MH370 'hotspot'

UK experts confident on MH370 'hotspot'

The UK satellite company Inmarsat has told the BBC that the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has yet to go to the area its scientists think is the plane's most likely crash site. Inmarsat's communications with the aircraft are seen as the best clues to the whereabouts of Flight MH370. The hunt for...

Search for MH370 to widen

Search for MH370 to widen

The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane could expand from its focused area in the Indian Ocean, Australian officials say. A submersible has completed 95% of its search in the area where possible signals from the plane's flight recorder were heard on 8 April. If nothing is found, the Bluefin-21 will move to...

No plans to halt MH370 search

No plans to halt MH370 search

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will continue despite passing the “crucial” 48-hour period announced over the weekend. Department of Civil Aviation director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search had been continuous without any plans to halt operations. “The status quo remains as the search team is fully operational. “We will not give...

Cyclone threatens to disrupt MH370 search

Cyclone threatens to disrupt MH370 search

A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on...

Mh370 Tragedy

Mini-sub search could end within a week

The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said yesterday. Malaysia said the search was at a "very critical juncture" and asked for prayers for its success. A US Navy deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle is scouring a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor for signs of the plane, which disappeared from radars on March 8 with 239...

Search For Mh370

Undersea drone hunt may take 2 months

Undersea drone hunt may take 2 months

A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour a 600sq km area where the plane is believed to have sunk, US search authorities said yesterday. The prediction coincided with the end to the abbreviated...

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