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October 09, 2015, Friday
  • Police detective shoots dead a hostage-taker who took control of a bus along Taft Ave. corner Pedro Gil in Manila. 13 hours ago |
  • Coloma says Pres. Aquino cannot yet certify as urgent the proposed BBL since it is still in the period of interpellation. 14 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file her COC next week as she intends to run for 3rd & final term in Pampanga’s 2nd district. 14 hours ago |
  • Sen. Angara says both Senate & House are trying to find a ‘win-win solution’ for bill seeking to lower income tax. 14 hours ago |
  • Arroyo asks Sandiganbayan for permission to avail of some medical procedures in St. Luke’s QC from Oct. 21 to 22. 14 hours ago |
  • Rep. Arroyo asks Sandiganbayan to allow her to go through some medical tests not available at VMMC. 14 hours ago |
  • Policeman killed in an ambush in Marawi City on Wednesday night. 19 hours ago |
  • Comelec & Smartmatic-TIM to hold review of source code for 2016 elections in the first week of Jan. 2016 19 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file new petition for bail at Sandiganbayan & will use UN Working Group’s report as basis. 19 hours ago |
  • DOJ cites US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty as basis for participation of U.S. troops in Mamasapano operation. 19 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops who participated in Oplan Exodus did not violate the PH constitution. 19 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops’ participation in Mamasapano clash was limited to intelligence work & monitoring & not actual combat. 19 hours ago |
  • DOJ confirms U.S. troops’ participation in Oplan Exodus launched the Mamasapano operations last Jan. 25. 19 hours ago |
  • Palace does not see Enrile’s call for full plenary debates on Mamasapano encounter as an attack vs. Aquino gov’t. 19 hours ago |
  • Singer and comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey passes away at 83. 20 hours ago |
  • Businessman Cedric Lee pays P 20K bail at Court of Tax Appeals in connection with the tax evasion case filed vs. him by DOJ. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile says the death of SAF 44 must not be taken lightly. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Enrile seeks a full plenary discussion on the Senate committee report on Mamasapano encounter. 20 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima says they have legal basis to detain Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Miriam Santiago says some society leaders are urging her to run for president & she can rise to the occasion. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No witnesses that can identify who killed the 9 Seaborne Commandos that attacked suspected Malaysian terrorist Marwan’s hut. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ: 9 Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut were killed in an area away from cornfield in Tukanalipao where 35 SAF members died. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No respondents can be charged for the death of 9 members of 84th Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut during Mamasapano clash 21 hours ago |
  • 5-man UN Working Group urges PH gov’t to review Arroyo’s bail petition based on int’l human rights standards. 21 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group cites international law as basis for finding Arroyo’s continued detention illegal. 21 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declares Arroyo’s detention at VMMC arbitrary & illegal. 21 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits Masbate & parts of Sorsogon. 21 hours ago |
  • 1 person dies & 3 are rescued as boat capsizes in Taal Lake in Talisay, Batangas. 21 hours ago |
  • Armed men abduct an Italian in Dipolog City. 21 hours ago |
  • Road mishap involving a truck & 9 motorcycles occurs at Commonwealth Ave near Tandang Sora flyover in QC. 21 hours ago |
  • Fire in Barangay Lipunan, Quezon City now under control. 21 hours ago |

‘Ping’ signals shift search for lost jet to Indian Ocean

By AFP | Mar. 15, 2014 at 12:01am

KUALA LUMPUR—The needle-in-a-haystack hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner spread to the vast Indian Ocean Friday after the White House cited “new information” that it might have flown for hours after vanishing nearly seven days ago.

Multiple US media reports, citing American officials, said the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777’s communication system continued to “ping” a satellite for a number of hours after it disappeared off radar with 239 people aboard, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“It’s my understanding that based on some new information that’s not necessarily conclusive, but new information, an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

A US Navy official told AFP that the USS Kidd was “transiting the Strait of Malacca en route to the Indian Ocean”. The guided-missile destroyer was initially deployed to the Gulf of Thailand on the other side of Malaysia’s coast.

It was the latest in a series of tantalizing leads that have pulled the search for flight MH370 in multiple directions and deepened one of the biggest mysteries in modern aviation history.

Delhi-based aviation analyst Kapil Kak, a former Indian air marshal, called the situation “inexplicable, unprecedented and shocking”.

The new thrust opens an additional search front of daunting magnitude. The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest with an average depth of nearly 3,900 meters (12,800 feet).

It is like going “from a chessboard to a football field”, Commander William Marks of the US 7th Fleet told CNN.

Marks insisted the search remained coordinated with the Malaysian authorities and that the US Navy was “not out here freelancing”.

Malaysia has not responded directly to the latest US information.

“The investigation team is following all leads that may help locate the missing aircraft,” a government statement said Friday afternoon.

It said Malaysia continued “to work closely” with US officials sent to Kuala Lumpur to help in the investigation. Malaysian officials were expected to hold a news conference later Friday.

The lack of results from the investigation and search so far has created a volatile mix of grief, anger, frustration and speculation that the Malaysian authorities have struggled to control.

The government has stressed the “unprecedented” nature of the challenge, with the search parameters expanding daily and the focus swinging wildly from the east to the west of the Malaysian peninsula.



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