French satellite scans provided fresh indications of objects adrift in part of the Indian Ocean that’s being scoured for the missing Malaysian airliner, backing up Chinese evidence as more planes and ships join the hunt.
A Chinese satellite detected an object in the southern Indian Ocean that’s almost the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool, giving renewed impetus to the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared more than two weeks ago.
A boat carrying people suspected of seeking asylum in Australia capsized in heavy seas close to Christmas Island, killing several passengers. Customs officials have pulled 27 bodies from the water, Sky News said.
Another boat carrying at least 20 people has arrived at Christmas Island a day after dozens were killed when an earlier boat sank in heavy seas, news.com.au reported on its website, quoting witnesses who saw the second boat’s arrival.
Twenty-eight Iraqi, Iranian and Kurdish asylum seekers are confirmed dead after a wooden boat bound for Australia sank in heavy seas close to Christmas Island in the deadliest such incident in almost a decade.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s efforts to ease voter concern at a jump in asylum seekers under the governing Labor party has failed to help overcome a deficit with the opposition ahead of a Sept. 7 election.