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AUSTRALIA

Sub rejoins MH370 search

A robotic submarine searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 resumed operations yesterday after technical problems, as it enters what is expected to be its final week of scouring the Indian Ocean seabed for signs of the aircraft. The country is leading the search for the plane which vanished on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, and is using the Bluefin 21 sub until new equipment can be obtained. “The autonomous underwater vehicle, Bluefin 21, was deployed from the vessel around 2am this morning. It remains underwater on its search mission,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said from Sydney.

HONG KONG

Activists get protest warning

Pro-democracy activists were warned yesterday against holding mass protests as part of their campaign for the right to choose their own candidates for a poll in 2017 to elect the capitalist hub’s next leader. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said during a stormy legislative session that the authorities were ready to act if the activists pursued a campaign of civil disobedience named “Occupy Central” to seal off the city’s business district unless Beijing allows a truly democratic poll. Several radical lawmakers raised objections and called for his resignation. The activists fear that candidates will be nominated by a small election committee stacked with Beijing loyalists that would veto opposition candidates’ nominations.

UNITED KINGDOM

Debris found in yacht search

The crew of a charter boat taking part in a search for four British sailors missing in the Atlantic Ocean has found some floating debris in the area where their yacht went missing six days ago, the captain said yesterday. Patrick Michel, skipper of the Masili, said his crew had spotted a wooden plank that could be part of the cabin and some white foam or plastic in the northern part of the search area. He said the debris appeared new as it was free of barnacles, but the owner of the missing yacht, the Cheeki Rafiki, would need to confirm that the debris was from the boat.

PHILIPPINES

Chinese fishermen on trial

Nine Chinese fishermen pleaded not guilty on Wednesday before an environment court after they were allegedly caught with hundreds of marine turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. A boat unit of the Philippine National Police intercepted the Chinese fishing boat and arrested its 11 crew members this month in Half Moon Shoal (Banyue Shoal, 半月暗沙) in the disputed Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島). If convicted, the men face prison terms of 12 to 20 years. They were granted bail of 70,000 pesos (US$1,600) each.

RUSSIA

Circus croc gets rocked

A crocodile was injured when an accountant weighing 120kg fell on him during a bus trip through the arctic north, local media reported. Fedya was injured on Tuesday when the accountant for the circus to which the 2m reptile belongs tumbled from her seat as the minibus took a sharp turn. The Soviet Circus, based in the region of Murmansk, feared for the reptile’s life when the shock left him vomiting for three hours, media outlet Ria Novosti reported. The accountant escaped with only minor injuries, but has been reprimanded for not wearing her seat belt. Fedya has recovered and is waiting in Moscow to become the star of a Russian TV program, circus director Vassili Kolos said.

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