Todays Australian News
- Vietnamese planes find possible aircraft debris in search for missing jet
A Vietnamese navy plane has spotted an object suspected of belonging to a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early on Saturday.
Six Australian passengers were among 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysia Airlines plane last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.
Vietnamese authorities say more aircrafts will be dispatched at first light to investigate the objects found in the water off southern Vietnam.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on Sunday afternoon to convey his condolences and committed to send two RAAF P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to help with the search for the missing aircraft.
- Ukraine prime minister to visit US for crisis talks
Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk will visit Washington this week for talks as tensions build over Russian forces' seizure of Crimea.
Confirmation of the visit comes after Mr Yatsenyuk paid a visit to Brussels last week during which he won diplomatic backing from EU leaders in his efforts to preserve his country's territorial integrity in the face of Russia's de facto seizure of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
"I am going to the United States for meetings at the highest level aimed at settling the situation in Ukraine," Interfax quoted Mr Yatsenyuk as telling a government meeting.
- PM plays down reports of cuts to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Federal Government will keep its commitment to index eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.