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Devastating news for loved ones ... MH370 search to end next week

Devastating news for loved ones ... MH370 search to end next week

The search for flight MH370 will end next week, Malaysia’s transport minister said yesterday, more than four years after the plane disappeared and triggered one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people -- mostly from China -- on board, in route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No sign of the jet was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) sea search zone and the Australian-led hunt, was suspended in January last year.

After pressure from family members, the former Malaysian government struck a deal with US exploration firm Ocean Infinity to restart the search in January on the condition it would only be paid if the Boeing 777 or its black boxes were found. The firm stood to make up to $70 million if successful but did not find any sign of the jet despite scouring the seabed with some of the world’s most hitech search equipment.

Grace Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer whose mother Anne Daisy was on the plane, said the news was not a surprise but said the government should leave the “no find, no fee” offer on the table in case a company wants to take on the search in future.




Kim and Kanye West expecting fourth child

Kim and Kanye West expecting fourth child

Kim Kardashian has confirmed she is expecting her fourth child with husband Kanye West during a US TV interview. Kim revealed the couple were expecting a boy via a surrogate mother. She was joined by her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kard

Taliban claim Kabul attack, warn more

Taliban claim Kabul attack, warn more

The Taliban yesterday claimed responsibility for a powerful truck bomb in Kabul that ripped through surrounding neighbourhoods, killing at least four people including an Indian national, and wounding more than 100 in the latest assault


Kim and Kanye West expecting fourth child

Kim and Kanye West expecting fourth child

Kim Kardashian has confirmed she is expecting her fourth child with husband Kanye West during a US TV interview. Kim revealed the couple were expecting a boy via a surrogate mother. She was joined by her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kard

German growth slows

German growth slows

Growth in the German economy fell to 1.5 per cent in 2018, official data showed yesterday, representing a marked slowdown from the previous year’s figure. Officials from federal statistics authority Destatis told a Berlin press c

EU wants end veto on tax

EU wants end veto on tax

The European Commission yesterday proposed to end the veto power member states have over EU tax matters, an idea rejected by several smaller countries including low-tax hub Ireland. A more harmonised tax policy across Europe has long b

Where are the sedans?

Where are the sedans?

A persistent question shadowed all of the shiny new vehicles and highly-produced, glitzy debuts at the Detroit auto show this week: Where are the sedans? Volkswagen was among the few to trumpet a new sedan -- those compact and mid-size

Not spying for China

Not spying for China

Huawei’s reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei stepped out of the shadows yesterday to give a rare media interview, forcefully denying accusations that his firm engaged in espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. The company he fo