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May 15, 2014

Malaysia says to review all data to pinpoint missing flight’s location

KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY, May 15 (Reuters) – Malaysia, China and
Australia have agreed to re-examine all data related to missing
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to better pinpoint the
search area, Malaysia’s acting transport minister said on
Thursday, as the hunt for the jet enters a new phase.

The three countries also agreed at a meeting in Canberra
last week to undertake a survey to map the ocean floor and
procure more deep-sea search vehicles and other equipment to
scour it, minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala
Lumpur.

Apr 29, 2014

Brunei adopts sharia law, others in region consider it

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The sultanate of Brunei this week becomes the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, the latest example of a deepening religious conservatism that has also taken root in parts of neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia.

Brunei, a tiny former British protectorate of about 400,000 nestled between two Malaysian states on Borneo island, relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity, with annual per capita income of nearly $50,000. It is the first country in east Asia to adopt the criminal component of sharia at a national level.

Apr 27, 2014

Malaysia cites ‘sensitivities’ as Obama struggles to push trade pact

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday that he and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed to upgrade bilateral relations but suggested that his country remains far from ready to sign a U.S-led trade pact due to domestic “sensitivities.”

Obama’s visit to Malaysia follows his swing through Japan, where he failed to clinch a trade deal key to the U.S. “rebalancing” back to Asia. Such a deal would have injected momentum into the delayed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

Apr 14, 2014

Searchers consider undersea robot in hunt for MH370

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Reuters) – Australian
officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines
plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when
to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its
sixth fruitless week.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking
off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227
passengers and 12 crew on board, triggering a multinational
search that is now focused on the Indian Ocean.

Apr 13, 2014

Officials consider underwater robot launch for Malaysia jet

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Australian officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its sixth fruitless week.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, triggering a multinational search that is now focused on the Indian Ocean.

Apr 1, 2014

Malaysia changes last words from missing plane, hunt goes on

KUALA LUMPUR/PERTH (Reuters) – The last words from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian airliner were a standard “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”, Malaysian authorities said, changing their account of the critical last communication from a more casual “All right, good night.”

The correction almost four weeks after Flight MH370 vanished was made as Malaysian authorities face heavy criticism, particularly from China, for mismanaging the search and holding back information.

Mar 28, 2014

Malaysia’s thriving China ties tested by missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – A torrent of criticism from China’s government and people over Malaysia’s handling of the search for a missing jetliner is threatening to cast a chill over one of Beijing’s closer relationships in a region fraught with geopolitical rivalries.

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared three weeks ago, the Southeast Asian country has faced verbal attacks from China’s government, media and passengers’ families angry at its perceived muddled response and poor communications.

Mar 24, 2014

Malaysia says missing plane crashed in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared over two weeks ago crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.

New satellite analysis from Britain had shown that Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, was last seen in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, he said in a statement.

Mar 18, 2014

Scrutiny of Malaysia pilots reveals picture of normality

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – One is a technical wizard whose affable manner made him a favorite of trainee pilots; the other an enthusiastic young aviator planning to marry his sweetheart.

The captain and co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are now at the center of a baffling paradox: as circumstantial evidence mounts that at least one of them may have been involved in the plane’s disappearance on March 8, accounts of their lives portray them as sociable, well-balanced and happy.

Mar 13, 2014
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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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