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Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield moving US Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AFP/MC1 Peter D. Blair)

Crews to test submersible's limits in push to find MH370

A US Navy submersible will be taken past its recommended depth limit in hopes of locating missing flight MH370, Australian authorities said on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott set a one-week deadline to spot wreckage.

Death toll in S Korea ferry sinking rises to 18

Eighteen people were confirmed dead on Thursday as emotions boiled in the frantic search for nearly 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing from a capsized South Korean ferry, with angry parents confronting President Park Geun-hye as prospects dwindled of finding survivors.

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Asia Pacific

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye (C) meets with relatives of missing passengers onboard a capsized ferry as they wait for updates about their loved ones at a gym in Jindo. (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

S Korea president shouted down by distraught parents

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced on Thursday the angry parents of hundreds of children missing in a ferry disaster, holding an impromptu and at times very tense meeting in an island gymnasium.

TNI chief clarifies apology

Some 48 hours after his interview with Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday, the head of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has clarified an apology he made during the interview. General Moeldoko said that he was expressing his regret that the naming decision was final and would not be changed.

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Singapore

Indonesian Armed Forces chief General Moeldoko (L) speaking to Channel NewsAsia senior Southeast Asia correspondent Sujadi Siswo (back to camera). (Photo: Channel NewsAsia)

TNI chief clarifies apology

Some 48 hours after his interview with Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday, the head of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has clarified an apology he made during the interview. General Moeldoko said that he was expressing his regret that the naming decision was final and would not be changed.

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World

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session with the nation in Moscow. (AFP/RIA-NOVOSTI/POOL/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY)

High-stakes Ukraine talks open as Putin warns of "abyss"

Russia and Ukraine sat down on Thursday for Western-backed talks on the escalating crisis in the former Soviet republic as Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the authorities in Kiev of dragging the country towards the abyss.

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Business

Container vessels at the Keppel terminal port in Singapore. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Singapore's NODX fall 6.6% in March

Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in Singapore declined 6.6 per cent on-year in March, due to a contraction in electronic and non-electronic NODX.

Q1 foreign direct investment in China up 5.5%

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China increased 5.5 percent in the first three months of the year despite faltering in March, the government said Thursday, though outbound investment slumped.

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Sport

A Vietnamese flag flying atop Lung Cu flag tower located at the northernmost point of Vietnam. (AFP/HOANG DINH Nam)

Asiad: Vietnam says it will not host 2019 Asian Games

Vietnam said on Thursday it had decided against hosting the 2019 Asian Games for financial reasons, and was exploring procedures to withdraw from staging the region's largest sporting event.

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Entertainment

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Technology

Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts' LumiDecoNail is displayed at the company's photo exhibition in Tokyo. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Japan firm offers glowing finger for those phoning home

If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call.

Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million

Sony said it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

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Health

A view of a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP/STR)

Saudi Arabia reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah

A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

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Lifestyle

Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts' LumiDecoNail is displayed at the company's photo exhibition in Tokyo. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Japan firm offers glowing finger for those phoning home

If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call.