Families of MH370 victims push for another search as technology firm says it has new evidence

Malaysian government urged to green light new hunt on nine-year anniversary of flight’s disappearance

The families of those lost on board the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 are calling on the Malaysian government to give the green light to another search for the aircraft, which disappeared nine years ago.

The disappearance of the plane, carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 different nations, became the biggest mystery in aviation after it disappeared while over the South China Sea during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014.

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Return of the wolf warriors? China’s fiery foreign minister Qin Gang

Profile: A career diplomat, the trusted ally of President Xi says China has to face the west’s ‘jackals and wolves’ head on

US-China relations are a “zero-sum game where you die and I live”. That was the summation of Qin Gang, China’s fiery new foreign minister, in his first media appearance since starting the role in December.

Qin was speaking at the sidelines of the “two sessions” political meetings in Beijing. But while the parliamentary gathering is primarily concerned with domestic affairs, Qin took the opportunity to lay out China’s strident position on the world stage.

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Pakistanis are leaving our country in droves due to inflation and job losses – who can blame them? | Moni Mohsin

After decades on the edge, Pakistan is now fully in crisis. And a general election later this year is unlikely to bring change

Last month, Anthony Soshil went to renew his passport in Lahore at a normally sleepy bureaucratic office. He had a contact there and expected to be ushered straight to the counter. Instead, he was flung into a melee of thousands of desperate people. Fights were breaking out everywhere. Police were summoned to quell the crowds. Quickly overwhelmed, the police called the army.

Last year, more than 800,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of better economic prospects abroad. With rocketing inflation and the rupee devaluing by 30% during 2022, millions of urban middle-class people have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Cataclysmic floods have ravaged the rural poor. With only enough foreign reserves to pay for less than a month of imports, the state is on its knees.

Moni Mohsin is a Pakistani writer based in London and the author of The End of Innocence

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Japan’s next-generation H3 rocket self-destructs after liftoff due to engine failure – video

Japan's H3 rocket, branded a possible competitor to SpaceX's Falcon 9, self-destructed after liftoff when its second-stage engine apparently failed. It is the second H3 failure for Japan's space agency, Jaxa, after the rocket failed to leave the launchpad in a previous attempt in February. Footage taken from Jaxa's livestream shows Tuesday's launch from the Tanegashima space centre in south-western Japan. The launch initially appeared to be a success, with the rocket lifting off and the first-stage separation appearing to go as planned. Moments later, the livestream was paused before operators announced they had ordered the rocket to self-destruct.

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Canada roiled by leaked intelligence reports of Chinese election ‘meddling’

Trudeau resists calls for public inquiry as leaks spark fierce debate and threaten to dent country’s reputation with allies

A flurry of leaked intelligence reports has reignited allegations that China interfered in Canada’s recent federal elections, kicking off a fierce debate over possible responses to Beijing’s meddling.

But the leaks also run the risk of harming Canada’s reputation among its allies, experts warn, as the country’s spy agency struggles to respond to mounting public concern.

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China warns of potential ‘conflict and confrontation’ with US – video

China's new foreign minister, Qin Gang, has warned that the US and China are heading towards inevitable conflict if Washington does not change its approach. In his first media appearance as foreign minister, Qin held a press conference to outline his foreign political agenda for the coming years, presenting China and its relationship with Russia as a beacon of strength and stability, and the US and its allies as a source of tension and conflict. He said the US's perception of China was 'seriously distorted', suggesting 'this leads to a complete deviation of healthy policy towards China'

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‘Sushi terrorism’ sees Japan’s conveyor belt restaurants grind to a halt

Chains across the country have taken action after viral videos showed people licking communal bottles and touching passing food

Could “sushi terrorism” forever change the way millions of diners in Japan eat their country’s signature dish?

The carefree days of hi-tech sushi dining – in which customers take plates directly from a conveyor belt – appear to be over, as restaurant chains scramble in response to a spate of hygiene incidents caused by badly behaved clientele.

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China foreign minister warns of potential for conflict with US and hails Russia ties

In a bellicose first press conference, Qin Gang rebuked Washington over its Taiwan policy and the balloon incident, while praising Beijing’s relationship with Russia

The US and China are heading towards inevitable conflict if Washington does not change its approach, China’s new foreign minister has said in a fiery press conference in which he defended his country’s strengthening relationship with Russia.

In his first media appearance as foreign minister, held on Tuesday on the sidelines of the “two sessions” political gathering, Qin Gang outlined China’s foreign policy agenda for the coming years, presenting China and its relationship with Russia as a beacon of strength and stability, and the US and its allies as a source of tension and conflict.

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US speaker McCarthy plans to meet Taiwan president Tsai in US – reports

Sources say Tsai Ing-wen intends to meet McCarthy in the coming weeks, a move that may stoke tensions with Beijing and in the Taiwan strait

Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, plans to meet US House speaker Kevin McCarthy on a visit to the United States in coming weeks, according to sources speaking to the Reuters news agency.

The Financial Times first reported the plans to meet in California, a move that could replace the Republican speaker’s anticipated but sensitive trip to the democratically governed island claimed by China.

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Japan’s H3 rocket fails after liftoff in second mission attempt

Next-generation rocket, which Jaxa space agency hopes can compete against SpaceX Falcon, blows itself up after engine failure

Japan’s next-generation H3 rocket has self-destructed after liftoff when its second-stage engine apparently failed.

The mission was to launch an observation satellite. The rocket has been mooted as a possible competitor to SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

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How a rabbit god became an icon for Taiwan’s gay community

Temple in Taipei is believed to be the only Taoist site set up to revere rabbit god Tu’er Shen, a significant symbol for LGBTQI people in Taiwan and China

During a quiet mid-week afternoon on the eighth floor of an office building, A-wei is meditatively separating flower petals to make an offering to Tu’er Shen the rabbit god, a spiritual guardian of LGBTQI people.

The small Taoist temple where 24-year-old A-wei sits is a humble room with views across New Taipei city, made cosy by the smell of incense and the mews of two noisy cats.

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