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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

Police summon Karthik Gowda, starlet to record statements

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Police summon Karthik Gowda, starlet to record statements

Bangalore: Two days after a Kannada starlet filed a complaint of rape and cheating against Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda's son, police on Friday said Karthik Gowda and the woman were summoned fo...


UD ministry presents Varanasi development plan to PM Modi

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UD ministry presents Varanasi development plan to PM Modi

New Delhi: Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today made a presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on developing the temple town of Varanasi as part of a new scheme for the development of ...

Truce on shaky ground after Hamas refuses to drop weapons

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Truce on shaky ground after Hamas refuses to drop weapons

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Coal scam: CBI files closure report in case against KM Birla

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Coal scam: CBI files closure report in case against KM Birla

New Delhi: In a reprieve to top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others, who were named as accused in its FIR in one of the coal blocks allocation scam cases, CBI has filed a closure report in a...

Loss of civilian lives increasing in Eastern Ukraine: UN

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Loss of civilian lives increasing in Eastern Ukraine: UN

Geneva: Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both independence-seeking rebels and Ukrainian troops in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian...

Prepared to face any investigation: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

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Prepared to face any investigation: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

Kochi: Making it clear that he had no plans to resign, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, against whom a vigilance court had ordered further investigation for alleged corruption in the setting up of an eff...

Elephant tramples man to death in Odisha

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Elephant tramples man to death in Odisha

Rourkela: A 65-year-old man was trampled todeath by a wild elephant while collecting firewood in theforest near Bisra in Odisha's Sundargarh district on Friday.The victim, identified as Joseph Toppo, ...