Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is “very confident” signals picked up in the southern Indian Ocean are coming from the black-box data recorders of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

“[The search has] been very much narrowed down because we’ve now had a series of detections, some for quite a long period of time,” he said Friday.

“Nevertheless, we’re getting to the stage where the signal from what we are very confident is the black box is starting to fade. We are hoping to get as much information as we can before the signal finally expires.”.

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An internal probe has been initiated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force over its glaring failure to detect Malaysian Airlines MH370 that flew over Peninsular Malaysia without raising any alarm bells.

Although Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said that all standard operating procedures have been followed, it is learned that the top brass in the air wing are unhappy over the incident and a probe had been initiated.

It is learned that the crew from the three military radar bases responsible for the airspace over northern Malaysia are being questioned and investigators are looking at elements of negligence.

Read more: MH370: Air Force probes 'napping' servicemen

DAP hari ini mempertikaikan mengapa tiada pegawai Kementerian Pendidikan menyertai rombongan ‘Percutian Golf’ Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ke Dubai.

Ahli Parlimen DAP Bukit Mertajam Steven Sim Chee Keong dan Bukit Bendera Zairil Khir Johari dalam sidang media bersama mereka mempersoalkan tujuan kerajaan menghantar rombongan besar yang disertai oleh isteri TPM, seorang setiausaha peribadi, seorang setiausaha akhbar, dua setiausaha politik, empat pegawai khas, seorang pembantu peribadi, dan enam pengawal seperti yang didedahkan dalam sebuah laman blog kelmarin.

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Opposition lawmakers on Thursday staged a walkout in protest of the ejection of Azmin Ali (Gombak- PKR) and Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (Sepang-Pas) from Dewan Rakyat.

Azmin was ejected from Dewan following a heated argument with the speaker in Parliament with regards to a motion of his condemning the judges of the Sodomy II trial, which was disregarded by the speaker.

Azmin during a press conference said the speaker had told him that priority should be given to motions raised by the Government as that is the law.

Read more: Opposition stages walkout over Pakatan MPs’ ejection from Parliament

The latest 'ping' has been detected near where the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield found signals earlier in the week

A fifth signal has been detected in the Indian ocean that Australian authorities believe to be man-made, in a further indication the search is narrowing for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The head of Australia's joint agency coordination centre, Angus Houston, said late on Thursday the latest ping had been detected by an Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft near the location where the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield had picked up signals earlier in the week.

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