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Goldman Sachs executive takes ‘personal leave’ amid Malaysian fund corruption probes

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Tim Leissner, chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia’s operations, has taken a “personal leave” amidst corruption scandals associated with Malaysia’s state-owned 1MDB fund, with which Goldman worked closely. President of Goldman’s Singapore operations since 2006 and chairman of its Southeast Asia operations since 2014, Leissner oversaw the bank’s operations in Malaysia, where it became... 

Australia revives search for MH370, says it's well targeted this time

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Australia plans to step up search efforts for the still missing Malaysian MH370 flight that crashed in March 2014. The search operation has yielded no results since then, but now Australia says its analyses showed they are looking in the right area. Australia will double the number of vessels participating in the mission from two to four, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has said Thursday. The country... 

China 'severely concerned' about remarks by US officials on territorial waters

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Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry. China has expressed concern over a plan by the United States to bolster its military presence in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in a move the Pentagon has described as ‘demonstrating freedom of navigation.’ “We are severely concerned by relevant remarks made by the American side,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman,... 

AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing

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Friends, relatives of passengers await news of AirAsia QZ8501 at Changi Airport. AirAsia flight number QZ8501, bound from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, has lost contact with air traffic control, the airline has confirmed. The missing flight is an Airbus A320-200 with up to 161 people on board. Indonesia air transport authorities have provided details of the plane’s last position. “We... 

Malaysia Airline taken over by state firm

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The passenger check-in at Malaysia Airlines in Beijing, China. Malaysia’s state investment company says it plans to fully take over Malaysia Airlines, bringing the company under government control. Khazanah Nasional announced on Friday that it would remove Malaysia Airlines from the country’s stock exchange market and suspend trading in its shares. The airline, which has been hit by a double disaster... 

Ukraine Accidentally Shot Down MH17 During Exercises - Kiev Source

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Buk missile system confused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with Ukrainian fighter jets. A source within the Ukrainian defense department claims that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was accidentally shot down by Ukrainian troops during a military exercise in near Donetsk which took place on July 17. “On July 17 the commanding officer of 156th Anti-Aircraft Regiment was instructed to conduct a training... 

Ukrainian militia hand over MH17 flight recorders to Malaysia

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The Ukrainian militia have handed over to Malaysian experts the black boxes from the Malaysian Boeing-777 airliner that crashed in east Ukraine on July 17. The Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday handed over the black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 early on Tuesday. “Here they are, the black boxes,” Boroday told reporters. “According... 

Guilt by insinuation: How American propaganda works

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Why hasn’t Washington joined Russian President Putin in calling for an objective, non-politicized international investigation by experts of the case of the Malaysian jetliner? The Russian government continues to release facts, including satellite photos showing the presence of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in locations from which the airliner could have been brought down by the missile... 

US Intelligence Admits Russia is Not involved in Malaysia plane downing

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Unnamed US officials are telling Associated Press that their intelligence suggests Malaysia plane shot down by anti-Kiev militia, no link to Russia found. Officials believe that the passenger aircraft was intercepted by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile, which was fired by Ukrainian militia members. One official said the likeliest explanation was the aircraft was shot down in error, an assertion that... 

UK to seek tighter bans on Russia

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The UK will tighten sanctions against Russia if Moscow does not help in investigating a Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. On July 17, Malaysian Airline flight MH17, which was travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed, killing all 298 people on board. There is speculation that the Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying... 

Malaysian airliner crashes in East Ukraine, over 280 people on board

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A Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing-777 has crashed over Ukraine, close to the border with Russia. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Geraschenko said the plane carrying 285 passengers and 15 crew members fell. Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that it has lost contact with the plane when it was flying over Ukrainian soil. The Boeing-777 was en route from Amsterdam, the Netherlands,... 

Malaysia to intensify search for MH370

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Malaysia’s defense minister says his country plans to deploy more equipment to the southern Indian Ocean to join the search for an airliner which went missing around four months ago. Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday that a Malaysian navy ship equipped with a multi-beam echo sounder, which is a device to map the ocean floor, would set sail on August 4 for the deep-sea... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from space. The instrument includes ways to... 

Anonymous Blows MH370 Mystery Wide Open

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Mystery continues to surround the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 despite the declaration by the Malaysian government that the ill-fated Boeing 777 ended its trip into the southern Indian Ocean. Until the discovery and recovery of the black box, the location of the plane will remain a question mark, especially in the eyes of relatives of the grieving Chinese passengers. The situation has led... 

Former Malaysian PM says CIA is behind the MH370 mystery

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Malaysia’s former prime minister says the CIA spy agency is hiding crucial facts about the destiny of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Commenting on his personal weblog on Sunday, Mahathir Mohamad questioned crash scenario for the plane. He said CIA and the Boeing Company may be withholding data on the flight, but for some reasons, media outlets are not printing anything on this story. The... 
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