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'Overwhelming' evidence that MH370 is lost: Australian PM

All evidence points to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 being lost in the remote Indian Ocean, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday, backing his Malaysian counterpart's view that the plane crashed. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished on March 8 carrying 239 passengers and crew, but more than three weeks later no wreckage has been found.

Missing jet drama boosts veteran Malaysian politician

Malaysia's missing plane has made Hishammuddin Hussein a globally recognised lightning rod for foreign criticism of his country's handling of the crisis, but could end up catapulting him to prime minister someday. Hishammuddin, 52, has become a household name thanks to his daily press briefings on the crisis, broadcast live to rapt audiences around the world.

Chinese relatives in protest walkout at MH370 briefing

Frustrated family members of the Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 walked out of a briefing by Malaysian officials Friday, leaving the panel to stare at ranks of empty chairs while a single relatives' representative berated them. With the search on its 20th day, hundreds of family members of the 153 Chinese passengers stood up about an hour into a briefing at Beijing's Lido Hotel and calmly filed out of the room, in a surreal scene that underscored the simmering tensions between the relatives and Malaysian authorities.

'Under siege' Malaysia hits back at China over MH370

Malaysians are chafing at scathing Chinese criticism over the lost MH370 passenger jet, with fed-up officials, media and citizens now hitting back after being assailed as a nation of incompetent liars and murderers. Authorities in Kuala Lumpur have been on the defensive since the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese citizens.

'Under siege' Malaysians hit back at China over MH370

Malaysians are chafing at scathing Chinese criticism over the lost MH370 passenger jet, with fed-up officials, media and citizens now hitting back after being assailed as incompetent liars and murderers. Authorities in Kuala Lumpur have been on the defensive since the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese citizens.

Chinese MH370 relatives renew pressure on Malaysia officials

Frustrated relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 demanded answers from the Malaysian ambassador for a second consecutive day Wednesday, with some mocking him at a Beijing hotel. "All the things that were promised, we have received nothing. Was Mr Yahya talking out of the other end of his body -- was he talking out of his arse?" one relative said, referring to Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

Chinese families protest at Malaysian Embassy in Beijing

Chinese relatives of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Tuesday staged a protest in Beijing, venting their anger against what they call Malaysia's mishandling of the disaster, a day after it concluded that the aircraft crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysia's jet crash announcement draws criticism

Malaysia drew criticism at home and abroad on Tuesday for announcing that a missing passenger jet with 239 people aboard had been lost at sea, even before any wreckage was found. The country's flag carrier also received ire for informing some relatives of the plane's loss by text message, although it insisted this had been a "last resort". A sombre Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished more than two weeks ago, had "ended in the southern Indian Ocean".

Hysterical scenes in China after Malaysia says plane crashed

BEIJING (Reuters) - Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines flight reacted with hysteria on Monday after the Malaysian prime minister announced the jet ended its journey in the remote Southern Indian Ocean. At the Beijing hotel where many of the relatives are staying, family members erupted in shouts and tears after they heard the news, wailing and in some cases dropping to the floor. One woman screamed out: "It's not possible, it's not possible!" before collapsing.

Malaysian PM to brief press amid missing plane search

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. dma/lto
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