World Briefs: MH370 hunt likely to end in mid-June

MH370 hunt likely to end in mid-June

KUALA LUMPUR • A new hunt for flight MH370 is expected to end by mid-June, the Malaysian authorities said yesterday, as families marked four years since the disappearance of the plane amid renewed hope.

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000 sq km sea search zone, and the Australian-led hunt was suspended in January last year. But the Malaysian government struck a "no find, no fee" deal with exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search in an area north of the original zone that scientists now believe is the likeliest crash site.


Embryos destroyed: Man ordered to pay wife

NANJING • In the first case of its kind in China, a man was ordered by a court to compensate his wife for mental anguish after he secretly stopped paying storage fees for her frozen embryos during their divorce proceedings in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

Xuanwu District People's Court ruled that the man, Mr Fang Mu, should pay 30,000 yuan (S$6,000) to his wife Pei Pei for infringing on her rights to health and compromising her procreative progress.

The embryos were destroyed because Mr Fang had ceased paying the storage fees in March 2016. He argued that, like women, men have the right to choose not to have children.


Editor's murder: Indian police make first arrest

NEW DELHI • Indian police made the first arrest on Friday in connection with the murder of a prominent newspaper editor whose death triggered nationwide protests last year.

Ms Gauri Lankesh, the 55-year-old editor and publisher of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead outside her home in the southern state of Karnataka's capital Bengaluru on Sept 5 last year by gunmen on a motorcycle. The suspect, Naveen Kumar, 38, is accused of taking the killer to Ms Lankesh's home on his motorcycle on the day of the murder, reported news agency Xinhua.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe