Asia Briefs: KL to check if recovered debris is from MH370

KL to check if recovered debris is from MH370

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia has sent officials from the Department of Civil Aviation to retrieve a piece of plane debris found in Madagascar to determine if it is from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters yesterday.

He also referred to the murder of Malaysian honorary consul Zahid Raza, who was shot last month in Antananarivo, the island's capital. Datuk Seri Liow said it was irresponsible to link the killing to MH370.


Japan Airlines flight in emergency landing

TOKYO • A Japan Airlines flight bound for New York made an emergency landing at Tokyo's Haneda airport yesterday due to engine trouble apparently caused by a bird strike, the company said. Footage from public broadcaster NHK shows the Boeing 777, with 233 passengers and 15 crew aboard, landing safely at the airport an hour after it took off.

Kyodo News reported that last year, 1,626 bird strikes were confirmed at airports across Japan, with Haneda reporting the most strikes with 182.


Praise ruling party on TV, Chinese producers told

BEIJING • An official directive this week ordered producers to ramp up praise of the ruling Communist Party on Chinese TV.

With just over a month to go until a gathering of party bigwigs that is expected to confirm President Xi Jinping as national leader for another five years, propaganda chiefs are making sure the public feels the fervour.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe