Bad Weather Delays MH370 Search; New Satellite Images Released
Thai satellite photos have revealed more possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner, but the search for the plane was again delayed because of bad weather.
The Thai space agency said Thursday one of its satellites spotted about 300 floating objects ranging from two to 15 meters in size in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
The news comes after 122 possible objects, some of them shiny and up to 23 meters long, were seen in French satellite photos near the same area.
Efforts to reach the debris have so far been unsuccessful.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday poor conditions forced all search planes to leave the region. It said ships will continue searching.
In a statement on Twitter Thursday evening Australia time, the authority said it expects the bad weather to continue for 24 hours.
Eleven airplanes and five ships had scrambled to the area, 2,500 kilometers off the southwest coast of Australia, in an effort to reach the possible debris before the bad weather hit.
It is the second time this week that poor conditions have delayed the search, which is taking place in one of the most isolated and treacherous bodies of water on Earth.
IMF to Loan Ukraine Up to $18 Billion
The International Monetary Fund has pledged to provide Ukraine with up to $18 billion in loans.
But the country must enact tough economic reforms in exchange.
The IMF says the $14 to $18 billion it will provide will combine with contributions from the international community to total up to $27 billion in total assistance in the next two years.
Without the IMF-mandated austerity measures, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told parliament Thursday Ukraine's economy could contract by 10 percent this year. He said the country is on the brink of "economic and financial bankruptcy."