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  • *Kuala Lumpur- Beijing flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. *Malaysia, Vietnam and China helping in search efforts. Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had reported that the Boeing 777-200 ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 8- Malaysian naval vessels saw no immediate sign of wreckage when they reached the maritime area off the country's northeast coast where a missing Malaysia Airlines flight last made contact on Saturday, a senior rescue official said.

  • MUMBAI, March 8- Malaysia Airlines, operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific's best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service despite some recent financial problems.

  • MUMBAI, March 8- Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, reeling under a flurry of regulatory rebukes due to poor quality, has recalled more than 64,000 bottles of the generic version of a cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States after doseage mix-up was detected.

  • *Kuala Lumpur- Beijing flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. *Malaysia, Vietnam and China helping in search efforts.

  • Malaysia Airlines flights to continue as normal-CEO Saturday, 8 Mar 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHTS TO CONTINUE AS NORMAL-CEO@. SEPANG, Malaysia March 8- Malaysia Airlines will continue to run other flights as normal, its chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said on Saturday, after one if its plane bound for Beijing went missing.

  • SEPANG, Malaysia, March 8- Malaysian authorities have not confirmed that a Malaysia Airlines flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew, had crashed after it went missing over the South China Sea, Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said on Saturday.

  • *Malaysia, Vietnam and China helping in search efforts. The Boeing 777-200 ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had been missing for hours when Vietnam's Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as saying he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site.

  • WASHINGTON, March 8- Republicans, looking for ways to turn November's congressional elections into a referendum on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, are trying to portray Obamacare as a danger to Medicare.

  • *Feb trade balance- $23 bln, vs f'cast of+ $14.5 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide.

  • SHANGHAI, March 8- China's imports of major commodities posted strong double-digit gains in February from a year earlier, official data showed on Saturday, illustrating apparently vibrant demand even though underlying consumption has been weak.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 8- A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, prompting China to send ships to scour the water for possible wreckage.

  • BEIJING, March 8- It will be hard for China to avoid short-term economic pain from interest rate reforms, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan was quoted by state television on Saturday as saying.

  • *Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact between 1-2 hours after takeoff. *Kuala Lumpur- Beijing flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.

  • March 7- Indian drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has recalled more than 64,000 bottles of the generic versions of its cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States due to reports of a dose mix-up, U.S. regulators said. Ranbaxy could not be reached for comment outside of India's business hours.

  • BEIJING, March 8- A steep drop in China's exports in February was caused by seasonal distortions due to the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, the customs admistration said on Saturday. China's exports fell 18.1 percent in February from a year earlier, while imports rose 10.1 percent, producing a trade deficit of $23 billion for the month, the administration said.

  • BEIJING, March 8- China is helping locate a Malaysia Airlines aircraft which has gone missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Chinese state television said on one of its official microblogs.

  • BEIJING, March 8- China has not at present received reports of any crashed plane in Chinese waters, state television said on one of its official microblogs, after a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was reported missing.

  • BEIJING, March 8- Radar contact with a Malaysian Airlines aircraft that has gone missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam in the early hours of Saturday morning, China's Xinhua news agency said.

  • March 8- Malaysia Airlines said it had lost contact with a flight carrying 227 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, according to a statement on the company's Facebook page.