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March 31, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the southern Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the "suspicious items" spotted by planes and on satellite imagery. But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around in the ocean.
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March 31, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Crews continued searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean west of Australia on Tuesday as authorities emphasized ramped-up efforts to determine what happened to the airliner that went missing March 8. Officials said an Australian military ship towing a pinger locator - which can scan the sea for the sounds of a beacon attached to the plane's flight data recorder - left port for the search zone Monday night. It was expected to arrive in the search area about 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
The hotly anticipated new animal habitat Elephants of Asia finally opens to the public, featuring three gentle pachyderm transplants from the San Diego Zoo: Tina, Jewel and 25-year-old Billy. The six-acre exhibit features bathing pools, sandy hills and varied topography, all devoted to exploring the connection between elephants and the cultures of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. Grand opening 10 a.m. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Dec. 25. Adults $14, seniors $11, children 2-12 $9, children younger than 2 free.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the southern Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the "suspicious items" spotted by planes and on satellite imagery. But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around in the ocean.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Nokia is cutting 4,000 jobs and will end its manufacturing in Hungary, Mexico and its home nation of Finland as it moves its phone making to Asia, the company announced Wednesday. The Salo, Finland, factory, which is Nokia's oldest manufacturing plant, along with the affected facilities in Komarom, Hungary, and Reynosa, Mexico, won't be shut down entirely, Nokia said. Instead, the "three factories are planned to focus on smartphone customization, serving customers mainly in Europe and the Americas," Nokia said in a statement . "Device assembly is expected to be transferred to Nokia factories in Asia, where the majority of component suppliers are based.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Ford Motor Co. reported a giant annual profit, but much of the gain came from a special tax allowance, and the company said its operating earnings were hurt by losses in Europe and Asia and rising commodity prices. The automaker reported an annual operating profit of $8.8 billion, almost 6% above the prior year.  Full-year net income reached $20.2 billion, a gain of more than 200%. That included a special one-time, non-cash accounting change from the reversal of Ford's deferred tax assets.
WORLD
February 4, 2009 | Paul Richter
In another departure from her predecessor, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit East Asia on her first trip in her new role. Clinton is expected to visit China, Japan and South Korea, and perhaps a country in Southeast Asia, according to a foreign diplomat knowledgeable about plans for the trip. The itinerary signals that Clinton intends to take a closer interest in East Asia than did Condoleezza Rice, her predecessor.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple expanded its iTunes Store to Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine other countries Wednesday, but  the tech giant did not include India or China in its latest expansion into Asia. The Cupertino, Calif., company announced the expansion of the digital store Wednesday, saying it will hit the new areas with more than 20 million songs, including local and international music. The other countries included in Apple's expansion are Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Stocks fell in Europe and Asia on Friday, extending the MSCI World Index's longest weekly losing streak since March, as reports on retail sales and the service industry added to concern that the first global recession since World War II will persist. U.S. markets were closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Metro AG, Germany's biggest retailer, slipped 2.5% as European retail sales dropped more than economists estimated. Seven & I Holdings Co.
WORLD
March 17, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Striding purposefully, his smile lighting up a rainy afternoon, Barack Obama appears to have arrived here early to tour an elementary school he attended as a boy. But wait. It's not him. The U.S. president is still back in Washington shepherding his healthcare bill toward passage. He's not due to arrive in Indonesia until next week. So who is this guy? He's Ilham Anas, a 34-year-old teen-magazine photographer who has parlayed a striking resemblance to the American president into his own brand of celebrity.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Russian troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine's eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii - for a meeting with defense ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority. "Asia is one of the great success stories of the world," Hagel told me in an interview in his Pentagon office last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new "credible lead" that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8. "It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the Australian agency said Friday.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Barbara Demick
The U.S. military pulled its warship out of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday and will rely instead on sophisticated submarine-hunting aircraft, a sign of just how complex the international search for the missing Boeing 777 has become in its second week. At least 26 nations have deployed ships, aircraft and satellites in one of the largest international coalitions ever mustered in a search and rescue operation. Search teams are concentrating on wide bands in both the northern and southern hemispheres west of Malaysia, crossing the territories of a dozen Asian nations as well as the sparsely traveled waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard could have gone, based on a signal picked up by a satellite, stretch north and west from the plane's last known location and include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for elusive Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted to waters around India based on suggestions the aircraft may have flown longer and farther than previously thought. After six days of fruitless searches in the Gulf of Thailand, near the original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, investigators are exploring theories that the plane flew as long as four hours after it lost contact with civilian radar at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. "An additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean, and we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday.
OPINION
June 23, 2008
Re "Who'll lead in Asia?" Opinion, June 18 Kim Holmes and Walter Lohman convincingly argue that Asia demands greater strategic attention from Washington. But they overstate the inevitability of incompatible American and Chinese roles. U.S. policy needs to work with China to lift Asia up rather than work with Asia to hold China down. There is no doubt that the U.S. and its Asian partners should insist that China meet higher standards on military restraint, free trade and the environment.
WORLD
November 9, 2009 | Peter Nicholas and Catherine Makino
With unemployment topping 10% and his healthcare plan still facing Senate action, President Obama has plenty to keep him busy at home. But on Thursday, he will head to Asia for more than a week, a trip that underscores the White House's conviction that a close partnership with China and other Pacific Rim nations is crucial to American interests. Obama is scheduled to stop in Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea, bringing to 20 the number of nations he has visited since taking office in January.
WORLD
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew more puzzling Tuesday as reports suggested the plane may have veered more than 300 miles west of its intended flight path and flew lower and longer than previously thought. Although the flight from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, military sources told the Malaysian press that it was detected by the military at 2:40 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca - a narrow stretch of water off the west coast of the Malay peninsula.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Vietnamese aircraft searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet spotted what authorities said may be a door from the plane and boats were attempting to reach the debris early Monday. As about 40 ships and more than 20 airplanes continued looking for Flight MH370 for a third day, Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports were used by passengers on the plane, and the police agency's head railed that few countries were regularly checking its international database on lost and stolen travel documents.
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