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PERTH---France provided new satellite
data yesterday showing possible debris
from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as
searchers combing a remote part of the
southern Indian Ocean tried without suc-
cess to locate a pallet that could be a key
clue in solving one of the world s biggest
The new information given to Malaysia s
government and forwarded to searchers in
Australia shows "potential objects" in the
same part of the ocean where satellite images
previously released by Australia and China
showed objects that could be debris from
the plane, Malaysia s Ministry of Transport
said in a statement without providing further
Flight 370 went missing over the Gulf of
Thailand on March 8 with 239 people aboard
en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to
Beijing, setting off a multinational search
effort that has turned up nothing conclusive
so far on what happened to the jet.
Yesterday s search was frustrating because
"there was cloud down to the surface and
at times we were completely enclosed by
cloud," Royal Australian Air Force flight Lt.
Russell Adams told reporters at the military
base where the planes take off and land on
Nothing of interest to searchers was found,
he said, adding that the search is worth it
because "we might do 10 sorties and find
nothing, but on that 11th flight when you
find something and you know that you re
actually contributing to some answers for
Details on the French data were not
immediately released. The statement from
Malaysia called the information "new satellite
images," while a statement from France s
Foreign Ministry said "radar echoes taken
by a satellite" had located floating debris
but made no mention of imagery.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority,
which is leading the search in waters off
Australia, declined to offer details about the
information from France.
The authority did not respond to multiple
requests by The Associated Press for access
to the data.
"Any satellite images or other new infor-
mation that comes to AMSA is being con-
sidered in developing the search plans,"
But a Malaysian official involved in the
search mission said the French data consisted
of radar echoes captured Friday and con-
verted into fuzzy images that located objects
about 930 kilometers (575 miles) north of
the spots where the objects in the images
released by Australia and China were located.
One of the objects located was estimated
to be about the same size as an object cap-
tured Tuesday by the Chinese satellite that
appeared to be 22 meters (72 feet) by 13
meters (43 feet), said the official, who
declined to be identified because he isn t
authorized to speak to the media. It was
not possible to determine precise dimensions
from the French data, the official said.
Information about the new data emerged
as authorities coordinating the search, which
is being conducted about 2,500 kilometers
(1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, sent planes
and a ship to try to "re-find" a wooden
pallet that appeared to be surrounded by
straps of varying lengths and colors.
It was spotted Saturday by spotters in a
search plane, but no images were captured
of it and a military PC Orion military plane
dispatched to locate the pallet could not
"So, we ve gone back to that area again
today to try and re-find it," said Mike Barton,
chief of the Australian Maritime Safety
Authority s rescue coordination centre.
An Australian navy ship was also involved
in the search. Wooden pallets are commonly
used in shipping, but can also be used in
cargo containers carried on planes.
AMSA said the aircraft that spotted the
pallet was unable to take photos of it.
"We went to some of the expert airlines
and the use of wooden pallets is quite com-
mon in the industry," Barton said. "They re
usually packed into another container, which
is loaded in the belly of the aircraft. ...It s
a possible lead, but we will need to be very
certain that this is a pallet because pallets
are used in the shipping industry as well."
French data shows possible
debris from jetliner
SEA DAY CELEBRATIONS
officers march in
who died in the
of the Pacific, as
part of Sea Day
La Paz, Bolivia,
Bolivia lost its
access to the
Pacific due to
Chile's victory in
the war that
held by Peru and
Boliva. AP PHOTO
Suarez, Spain s first dem-
ocratically elected prime
minister after decades of
right-wing rule under
General Francisco Franco,
has died aged 81.
Suarez died yesterday
afternoon in Madrid s
Cemtro Clinic hospital,
family spokesman Fermin
Urbiola said. Suarez had
been suffering from
Alzheimer s disease for a
The cause of death was
"chronic obstructive pul-
monary disease made worse within the context of
Alzheimer s disease," said Dr Isabel de la Azuela
Suarez had been admitted to the hospital last
Monday with pneumonia. On Friday, his son Adolfo
said his condition had deteriorated and that he was
expected to die within days.
King Juan Carlos, in a televised address, expressed
his gratitude to Suarez for his "loyalty to the crown"
and sadness over his death.
"Suarez was a statesman who put the whole of
the Spanish nation ahead of his personal and party
interests," the king said.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said "one of the
great men of our era has left us," and declared three
days of national mourning.
Suarez became secretary-general of the National
Movement, which was Spain s only party during
Franco s rule, and also was director-general of state
television broadcaster TVE.
Suarez is survived by daughter Sonsoles, a former
TV news anchor, and son Adolfo, a politician with
the conservative Popular Party, and two other chil-
dren. His wife, Amparo Illana, and eldest daughter,
Marian Suarez Illana, died of cancer in 2001 and
2004, respectively. (AP)
BERLIN---The drug haul was
unremarkable, but the destination raised
eyebrows. German customs officials
intercepted a shipment of cocaine
destined for the Vatican in January,
weekly Bild am Sonntag reported
yesterday. Officers at Leipzig airport
found 340 grammes (12 ounces) of the
drug packed into 14 condoms inside a
shipment of cushions coming from South
America, the paper, reported citing a
German customs report. It said the
package was simply addressed to the
Vatican postal office, meaning any of the
Catholic mini-state's 800 residents could
have picked it up.
The paper reported that a subsequent
sting operation arranged with Vatican
police failed to nab the intended
No one claimed the package, indicating
that he or she was tipped off about the
The drugs would have a street value of
several tens of thousands of euros.
A spokesman for the German Finance
Ministry, which oversees the customs
office, confirmed the report.
Vatican officials couldn't immediately
be reached for comment yesterday.(AP)
German customs seizes cocaine addressed to Vatican
SAN JUAN---A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has
arrived back in Puerto Rico after experiencing
engine trouble at sea.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd spokeswoman Cyn-
thia Martinez says the Adventure of the Seas was
on a seven-day trip when the crew noticed an oil
leak during a stop in St Kitts.
Martinez said the crew erected booms to prevent
additional oil from leaking and took one of the
ship s three engines off line for the remainder of
the seven-day journey.
That prompted the ship to run more slowly than
usual and forced the line to cancel a stop in the
US Virgin Islands. The ship with more than 3,400
passengers returned yesterday to San Juan. The
ship was scheduled for dry-dock repairs this month,
and its upcoming schedule won t be affected. (AP)
Former Spanish prime
minister Suarez dies at 81
Cruise back in Puerto
Rico after engine troubles
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