Finance News Update, what you need to know
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia said Thursday that satellite images of suspected debris from a missing jet were yet another false lead, and debunked a report the plane had flown on for hours after losing contact -- leaving the nearly week-old mystery no closer to being solved.
Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World, its former royal editor has told Britain's phone-hacking trial.
US House of Representatives leader John Boehner has invited Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress.
Beijing (AFP) - China has detained at least four people including the founder of a citizen-run news website which reported that a woman set herself on fire last week in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, a rights group said Thursday.
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines is to build an elephant monument from the ashes of seized tusks it destroyed in a landmark action against the ivory trade, an official said Thursday.
Manila (AFP) - Deep distrust between Asian neighbours and sensitive security issues are jamming essential communication lines in the chaotic hunt for a Malaysia Airlines plane, analysts said Thursday.
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's anti-corruption body on Thursday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra two more weeks to submit her defence over negligence charges that could lead to her being removed from office.
Shanghai (AFP) - The sexual lyrics of "Honky Tonk Women" were apparently too much for China's Communist fathers as the Rolling Stones said the chart-topping song was "vetoed" for their second ever show in the country on Wednesday.
Bangkok (AFP) - Thai police have discovered about 200 suspected Turkish refugees at a secret camp in the kingdom's deep south, officials said Thursday, describing the case as "unprecedented".
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea on Thursday signalled that it would not go ahead with a mooted leaders' summit with Japan, after talks between top diplomats failed to produce a breakthrough on their badly strained ties.
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