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Briefly: Asia

Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: Asia

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PERTH, Australia

Submersible in plane search completes first full mission

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, the authorities said on Thursday.

The Bluefin-21 had covered 35 square miles of the silt-covered seabed off the west Australian coast in its first three missions, the search coordination center said on Thursday. While data collected by the vessel from its latest mission was still being analyzed, nothing of note had yet been discovered, the center said.

Twelve planes and 11 ships were to join what may have been the final day of the surface ocean search for debris from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that vanished March 8 with 239 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. (AP)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan

Militants ending truce but will continue talks

The Pakistani Taliban said that they were ending a six-week-old cease-fire but would continue peace talks with the Pakistani government.

In a statement emailed to journalists on Wednesday, Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan, as the group is formally known, accused the military of torturing prisoners and killing 50 militants during the truce.

The Taliban announced a one-month cease-fire on March 1, then extended it. But militant attacks continued in April, killing dozens of civilians in Islamabad and elsewhere. The Taliban said those attacks were conducted by a breakaway group, but some analysts and Pakistani officials suggested that it was just as likely that the Taliban were using violence to keep pressure on the talks.

MAIDAN WARDAK, Afghanistan

Taliban claim they killed 7 police officers in ambush

A group of Afghan police officers were kidnapped while traveling in civilian clothes, and the Taliban later claimed they had killed seven of them. …

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