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Australia's Angus Houston has become voice of calm in hunt for missing Malaysian plane

He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?Angus Houston has become the global face of the massive monthlong search operation off Australia's west coast to find the missing Boeing 777, which is believed to be resting on the silt-covered bottom of the southern Indian Ocean, somewhere in a patch of sea the size of Los Angeles.The lanky former head of Australia's defense force has been praised for restoring credibility and confidence that was missing early on when Malaysian officials were tasked with providing answers about how and why the jet carrying 239 people could have flown so far off course and vanished.Once satellite data revealed that the plane was last detected off Australia's coast, the search — along with the responsibility of updating the world — fell on Houston.As head of the joint agency coordinating the search, ...

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  1. East Timor Parliament Meets Amid Violence in Capital

    Lawmakers met in Parliament on Monday for the first time since violence surged last month in East Timor , trying to find a political solution as gang warfare and ars...

  2. Peacekeepers Work Against Gangs in East Timor Capital

    Assailants burned at least half a dozen buildings near the airport of East Timor 's capital on Sunday, and residents pleaded for a permanent police presence in their...

  3. More Foreign Troops Arrive in East Timor

    Scores more foreign soldiers landed in East Timor on Wednesday to bolster a force struggling to stop mob violence in the capital, and Australia said a long-term inte...

  4. East Timor Declares Emergency, Troops Arrive Following President Attack

    Australian troops backed by a warship arrived in East Timor to boost security Tuesday after rebel attacks on the country's two top leaders left the president in "ext...

  5. East Timor Rogue Leader Says Disarming Won't Bring Peace

    A renegade East Timorese military commander and about 30 of his followers turned in their weapons at the request of the president Friday, but warned that peace won't...

  6. Looting and Violence Break Out in East Timor Capital

    Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta said Friday he would take over East Timor's top security posts in a bid to end factional divisions that have plunged the countr...

  7. East Timor President Threatens to Resign

    East Timor 's president on Thursday threatened to resign after the ruling party defied his orders to oust the prime minister, deepening a political crisis in the tin...

  8. Jose Ramos-Horta Headed for Victory in East Timor Elections

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta was headed for a landslide victory Thursday in tiny East Timor 's presidential elections, according to figures released by ...

  9. 'A diplomatic role': 19-year-old skier gets ready to become East Timor's first Winter Olympian

    "It all started," East Timor's first Winter Olympian says, "as a joke."When Yohan Goncalves Goutt was 8 years old, on a skiing vacation in his native France, a famil...

  10. East Timor's president cautiously backs refugee center plan, but warns against 'island prison'

    SYDNEY (AP) — East Timor's president said Wednesday he supports in principle an Australian plan to turn his country into a regional center for processing asylum seek...

  11. East Timor PM's party wins plurality in parliament

    The party of East Timor's prime minister won the most seats in weekend parliamentary elections, the election commission said Tuesday, paving the way for him to form ...

  12. Earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia, causing panic in neighboring East Timor

    An undersea earthquake has rocked eastern Indonesia, causing panic among residents in neighboring East Timor. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.T...

  1. Australian secret service raid home of lawyer representing East Timor in bilateral dispute

    Australia's secret service has raided the home of a Canberra lawyer who intends to allege in an international court in The Hague that Australia bugged the East Timor...

  2. UN chief says East Timor ready to protect itself

    East Timor is ready to maintain stability on its own without the hundreds of international peacekeepers who have stayed in Asia's newest country a decade after it de...

  3. East Timor to ask international court to order Australia to return seized documents

    East Timor says it will ask an international court in The Hague, Netherlands, to order Australia to return documents seized by the Australian secret service relating...

  4. Ex-guerrilla fighter to win East Timor presidency

    A former guerrilla fighter who became East Timor's army chief is on course to be the new president of Asia's newest and poorest nation, preliminary election results ...

  5. East Timor Prime Minister Likely to Resign

    East Timorese Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri likely will resign, his spokesman said Wednesday, as the country's president and members of the beleaguered leader's own p...

  6. UN peacekeepers to leave East Timor by year-end

    A U.N. official says peacekeepers are on track to leave East Timor by year's end, but the international community will remain engaged in one of the world's youngest ...

  7. East Timor bans popular martial arts schools nationwide following deadly gang violence

    East Timor police say there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice martial arts after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang vi...

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