CANBERRA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The following is the full text of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's statement to media Tuesday on the latest developments in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370:
"I have today been in further contact with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia to offer him Australia's continuing help, support and cooperation in what has now moved from a search to a recovery and investigation phase.
"This is a very, very difficult task. It's a long way from anywhere but obviously it's closer to Australia than anywhere else and Australia has much of the capacity needed to get this done as best as it can be."
"Above all else though I offer my condolences to the people of all of the countries who have lost friends relatives loved ones in the MH370 tragedy."
"This has been a desperately difficult time for thousands and thousands of people right around the globe particularly in China as well as in Malaysia."
"I understand that the loved ones of those on that plane may well wish to come to Australia in coming days and weeks. They will find a welcoming country that is more than willing to embrace them in this very difficult time."
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Chinese plane crew spots suspicious objects in search area for missing MH370
ABOARD IL-76 AIRCRAFT/CANBERRA, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The crew aboard a Chinese IL-76 plane spotted some suspicious objects in the southern Indian Ocean on Monday in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia.
The crew has reported the coordinates -- 95.1113 degrees east longitude and 42.5453 south altitude -- to the Australian command center as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which was also part of the search mission and has already changed its course toward the latest sighting.Full story
Chinese aircraft, icebreaker communicate over MH370 search
ABOARD IL-76 AIRCRAFT, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The crew of a Chinese IL-76 aircraft on Monday communicated in flight with icebreaker Xuelong over their joint mission of searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.Full story
Chinese military plane takes off in Australia to search for MH370
PERTH, Australia, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese military plane took off here early Monday to search for the suspicious debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
A Chinese Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 plane left RAAF Base Pearce and it will make a stop at the Perth international airport to refuel before moving out to the sea, according to a Xinhua correspondent on board.Full story