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MH370: When grief turns into anger

I have come to realise just how much the Chinese people suspect their government and officials of covering up scandals or hiding the truth. Just take a look at the Chinese cyberspace, where netizens often poke holes at official pronouncements and slam government policies. This helps explain why many relatives, until now, still believe that the Malaysian government is not coming clean on the missing plane. Second, many Chinese here believe in taking things into their own hands and also in the law of the jungle - only the fittest, as well as the loudest, wins. I was once standing in line at an airport check-in counter when a group of men rudely cut in. When I told them off, they started heckling me and calling me blind. Perhaps this is why the relatives who are in Beijing have been extremely vocal in their anger and demands as shown during meetings with Malaysian officials and the embassy protest last Tuesday. Agreeing, Beijing-based analyst Hu Xingdou said: "China is not a law-based society but one ruled and determined largely by the elite few. So the people know that they have to kick up a fuss, fight, and struggle to get their way."

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MH370 relatives demand answers from Malaysian government

The search for a Malaysian airliner intensified on Sunday, 22 days after it vanished with 239 people on board, as relatives of Chinese passengers arrived in Malaysia to demand answers about their fate. Eight ships - the largest number so far - and 10 planes from six countries were sweeping a vast expanse of the Indian Ocean off Australia for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Hopes of finding physical evidence of a crash have been repeatedly raised by debris sightings, then crushed as the items turned out to be random sea junk such as fishing gear.

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Objects retrieved from search site, none confirmed to be from MH370

Chinese ship Haixun 01 and the HMAS Success, an Australian ship, have retrieved objects from the search site but none have been confirmed to be related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Chinese aircraft Ilyushin-76 reported sighting of three objects while an Royal Australian Air Force P3-Orion sighted multiple objects in different search areas.

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M’sian military thought control tower ordered plane to turn back

The Malaysian military did not respond when its radar detected an unidentified aircraft on March 8 — the day a Malaysia Airlines jet went missing — as it had assumed that the air traffic control in Subang had ordered the plane to turn back, Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri told Parliament yesterday. “It was detected by our radar, but the turn back was by a non-hostile plane and we thought maybe it was at the directive of the control tower,” he said. It had been reported earlier that a non-hostile aircraft flew right across the country’s air space in the early hours of March 8. Malaysia has come under severe criticism after it was revealed that the military radar tracked an unidentified aircraft — now confirmed to be the ill-fated MH370 — but the authorities did not take any action.

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Flight MH370: Pilot in wrong state of mind to fly – friend

The captain of Flight 370 was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot says. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's world was crumbling, said the long-time associate. He had been facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and relationship problems with another woman he was seeing. The man, who spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, said Captain Zaharie was "terribly upset" when his wife told him she was leaving and believed he may have decided to take the Malaysia Airlines plane to a part of the world he had never flown in.

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MH370: New satellite images show more than 100 objects that may be from plane

New satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing since March 8 with 239 people on board, Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today (March 26). Mr Hishammuddin told a news conference that the images were captured by France-based Airbus Defence and Space on March 23.

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UNITED STATES: NO “INDEPENDENT CORROBORATION” ABOUT FLIGHT MH370 CRASH

"I don't have any independent corroboration of that," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at a regular news briefing, hours after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the jet's crash at a press conference citing new analysis of satellite data. "I have no reason to believe it's not true. I just don't have any update for you," Harf said, adding Washington was working " very closely" with the Malaysian government.

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MISSING FLIGHT MH370: MALAYSIA PM NAJIB’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN FULL

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Malaysia receives new satellite data from France

Malaysia said on Sunday it had received new satellite data from France indicating floating objects in the search area for a missing Malaysian jet in the southern Indian Ocean. The Transport Ministry said the information had been passed on to Australian authorities who are coordinating the search for the plane, now focused on a remote stretch of ocean 2,500km southwest of Perth. The ministry earlier said the latest data came in the form of images but France’s foreign ministry later clarified this, saying it came in the form of “satellite-generated radar echoes”.

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MH370: Indian Ocean search focuses on wooden pallet

Planes and a ship scrambled today (March 23) to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. The pallet was spotted by a search plane yesterday, but has not been closely examined. Wooden pallets are commonly used in shipping, but can also be used on planes. It is the latest in a series of clues experts and searchers are trying to run down to solve the mystery of what happened to Flight 370 when it disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

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