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KUALA LUMPUR, March 11- Malaysia is investigating whether any passengers or crew aboard a missing airliner had personal or psychological problems that might explain its disappearance, along with the possibility of a hijack, sabotage or mechanical failure, police said on Tuesday.
BANGKOK, March 11- Thailand is expected to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok, almost two months after it was imposed to quell anti-government protests, because of pressure from businesses and in light of improving security, a top official said on Tuesday.
*Decision due on Wednesday, March 12, at 0730 GMT. BANGKOK, March 11- Thai policymakers will cut the country's benchmark interest rate on Wednesday to help the economy cope with the damage from months of political unrest, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters.
*Search area expanded in South China Sea and west of Malaysia. KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, March 11- The so-far fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as sources in Europe, the United States and Asia voiced growing scepticism that the flight lost with 239 people on board was the target of an attack.
KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON March 11- Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board was the target of an attack, U.S. and European government sources close to the probe said.
March 10- La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co said its lead experimental drug to treat chronic kidney disease met the main goal of improving kidney function in a mid-stage study, sending the company's shares up about 40 percent in extended trading.
March 10- La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co said its experimental drug to treat chronic kidney disease met the main goal of improving kidney function in a mid-stage study, sending the company's shares up 28 percent in extended trading. La Jolla's shares, which were halted prior to the news, closed at $10.90 on the Nasdaq on Monday.
March 10- SunPower Corp will launch the first tranche of its bonds backed by solar assets in the second half of the year, Chief Executive Thomas Werner told Reuters. SunPower's plan to launch notes backed by leases associated with its solar projects comes after SolarCity Corp became the first company to offer solar securities last year.
China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10- The Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared on Saturday did not make automatic contact with a flight data-monitoring system after vanishing from radar screens, two people familiar with the matter said.
Neither the Malaysian agency leading the investigation locally, Special Branch, nor spy agencies in the United States and Europe have ruled out the possibility that militants were involved in downing the aircraft, which suddenly disappeared while flying at 35,000 feet en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
BERLIN, March 10- Initial inspections of Bangladesh garment factories organised after the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex have found safety problems including overloaded ceilings, exposed cables and locked fire escapes, an industry-backed group said on Monday.
RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, March 10- Emerging stocks fell over 1 percent on Monday after poor Chinese export data re-ignited global concerns of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy and pushed Chinese shares to a five-year closing low.
Soliris, the company's sole product on the market, is approved in the United States, the European Union and Japan for the two conditions. The drugmaker raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $4.37- $4.47 per share from its previous estimate of $3.70- $3.80.
March 10- NII Holdings Inc, which provides telecom services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, said it hired financial firms for advise on a potential sale of the company and on ways to deal with its $5.79 billion debt load. NII is struggling to stem customer losses in Mexico and Brazil, where it faces intense competition.
KUALA LUMPUR/ PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 10- T he disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented mystery", the country's civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.
Weekend data showed China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, with a near-20 percent year-on-year dip swinging the trade balance into deficit.
MANILA, March 10- Overall rice stocks in the Philippines fell to their lowest in four months in February, data showed on Monday, increasing pressure on Manila to import more of the national staple.
KUALA LUMPUR/ PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 10- T he disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented aviation mystery", a senior official said on Monday, with a massive air and sea search now in its third day failing to find any confirmed trace of the plane or the 239 people aboard.
SINGAPORE, March 10- Here is a timeline of events in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner which vanished from radar screens on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday:. -Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Flight departs at 12:21 a.m., and is due to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day.