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Beijing: China on Friday urged Malaysia's government to release any information it has regarding the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner to help narrow the search area.The Foreign Ministry's appeal reflected growing frustration among Chinese officials over conflicting information about the plane, which vanished last Saturday with 239 people aboard, including 154 Chinese passengers.The Beijing-bound aircraft last communicated with air traffic base stations east of Malaysia over the South China Sea. The search expanded to the Strait of Malacca, west of Malaysia, after the Malaysian air force said radar showed it might have turned in that direction."China urgently appeals to Malaysia for all information they have regarding the search," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei. "That will not only help China with its search, but also help all sides in the search to make their search more effective and accurately targeted."Eight Chinese vessels are taking part in the international search effort. They covered 52,000 square kilometers (21,000 square miles) of ocean by Thursday evening and were expanding their search area, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.Also Friday, frustrated relatives of missing passengers met in Beijing with Malaysia Airlines' commercial director and pressed for clarification of reports about how long the plane emitted signals while flying.A US official told The Associated Press that the plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after it went missing, raising the possibility it could have flown far from the current search areas."We don't simply want to get our information from the news media," one man told the executive, Hugh Dunleavy.Dunleavy said that he could not provide any new information, but that he would work on obtaining updates from search officials.Associated Press

Two sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison, say officials

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Two sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison, say officials

The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison on Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.Security officia...


Assam to set up Women, Child Development Agency, says Gogoi

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Assam to set up Women, Child Development Agency, says Gogoi

Guwahati: While hoisting the National Flag on occasion of the 66th Republic Day celebrations here Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said a Women and Child Development Agency will be set up in the state...

Cross-border factors responsible for hudles in development of Kashmir: State governor

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Cross-border factors responsible for hudles in development of Kashmir: State governor

Jammu: Holding various cross-border factors responsible for the hurdles in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra on Monday said that maintenance of peace and public order was imperat...

Modi-Obama Mann Ki Baat address to be aired at 8 pm on Tuesday

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Modi-Obama Mann Ki Baat address to be aired at 8 pm on Tuesday

The much awaited "special" episode of the 'Mann ki Baat' radio address which will have Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama sharing their thoughts would be aired at 8 p...

Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining Islamic State hostage's release

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Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining Islamic State hostage's release

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries on Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.The chief governm...

Clinching civil nuclear deal dominated US media coverage of Obama's India trip

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Clinching civil nuclear deal dominated US media coverage of Obama's India trip

Washington:The "breakthrough" achieved by India and the US over the landmark civil nuclear deal, six years after it was signed, dominated American media coverage of US President Barack Obama...

Train rams into vehicle at unmanned crossing, 12 dead

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Train rams into vehicle at unmanned crossing, 12 dead

Hisar, Haryana: Twelve members of a family, including four children, were killed and three others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by Dhuri-Sirsa passenger train at an unmanned...