Malaysian PM to brief press at 1400 GMT about missing plane

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday he would hold a press conference at 10:00 pm (1400 GMT), after authorities indicated they were close to retrieving suspected debris from missing flight MH370.

"I will be making a statement on #MH370 at 10pm Malaysian tonight," Najib said on his Twitter feed.

Najib has not spoken publicly about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight except to make major announcements.

Earlier Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said one of his country's planes had spotted two objects during a search of the southern Indian Ocean.

Abbott said it was not known whether the objects came from the Boeing 777 which went missing on March 8.

"Nevertheless we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery," he told the Australian parliament.