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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

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, six civilians, including two women, injured

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, six civilians, including two women, injured

Jammu: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir injuring six civilians, including two women, to which India retaliated.According to a...


Islamic State advances towards key town on Syria-Turkey border

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Islamic State advances towards key town on Syria-Turkey border

Mursitpinar: Islamic State fighters were at the gates of a key Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey on Thursday as its parliament prepared to vote on authorising military intervention against...

Responsibility of every child of Mother India to keep country clean: PM Modi to youth

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Responsibility of every child of Mother India to keep country clean: PM Modi to youth

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the youths to connect with him in the task of ensuring a clean India by 2019, saying that it was responsibility of "every child of Mother...

2G scam: CBI chief defends filing of separate counter-affidavits in SC

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2G scam: CBI chief defends filing of separate counter-affidavits in SC

New Delhi:CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has vigorously defended his decision to file separate individual counter-affidavits before the Supreme Court in petitions filed by the six accused seeking quashing ...

First step to Swachh Bharat: Why proper sanitation matters the most

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First step to Swachh Bharat: Why proper sanitation matters the most

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his much-talked about Swachh Bharat campaign on Thursday, he also stressed on the importance of sanitation. 60 percent of the populace in rural areas still def...

Visa denial by South Africa is like bullying a humble person: Dalai Lama

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Visa denial by South Africa is like bullying a humble person: Dalai Lama

Dharamsala: Breaking his silence for the first time over visa denial to him by the South African government owing to Chinese pressure, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Thursday said it was like...

Bulgaria: 15 feared dead in blast in explosives factory

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Bulgaria: 15 feared dead in blast in explosives factory

Sofia: Authorities say a blast at an explosives factory in northwestern Bulgaria may have killed as many as 15 people.The explosion, which also left three people injured, occurred near the village of ...