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From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.

The search for a missing Malaysian (1)________ continued this week. The airplane carrying 239

(2)________ and (3)________________(机组成员) disappeared on March 8th. Last Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister(总理、首相) Najib Razak announced the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

"We wanted to (4)_______(通知) you of this new development at the (5)________ opportunity."

(6)__________________(卫星记录) show that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely (7)_______ in the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysian officials say the flight ended west of the Australian city of Perth.

Australian Defense Minister(国防部长) David Johnston describes the waters in that area as an (8)_____________ difficult environment.

"Remember, this Southern Ocean, has shipwrecked(船只失事) many, many sailors in our history in Western Australia. It is rough. There are 20-, 30-meter waves. It is very, very dangerous, even for big ships."

The Boeing 777 aircraft was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing at the time of its

(9)____________. On Tuesday, protesters marched toward the Malaysian (10)___________(使馆) in Beijing. They (11)_____________________ the way Malaysian officials have reacted to the disappearance of Flight 370. The protesters (12)__________ more information.

The same day, Malaysia Airlines officials met with reporters. They defended their decision to inform families and the world that Malaysian officials now consider the flight lost.

(13)__________ of the passengers were Chinese. The Australian government is easing(放宽)

(14)_________(签证) and (15)___________(移民) rules to permit relatives to travel to Perth. The city's Chinese community has offered to assist the visitors.

Critics say Malaysia has been keeping information from (16)_________________(遇难者家属) and the (17)________(媒体). The British satellite company Inmarsat told Malaysian officials four


days after the disappearance that they had received hourly (18)_______(信号) from the plane. Yet the officials were said to have waited three days before acting on that information.

John Goglia has investigated (19)_________(飞机坠毁) for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board(美国国家安全委员会) . He noted Malaysia's (20)______________________(缺乏经验) with air disasters.

"In this particular instance, what had come out certainly seemed (21)___________(失联). It seemed like they didn't follow any of the known processes that had been established for years and years."

Other Southeast Asian countries were quick to (22)_______ the search. But they were slow to share (23)______________(雷达和卫星) information with Malaysia about possible sightings.

Malaysia is (24)_____________________. Some observers say it does not want to (25)_____ China. Yet China's Global Times newspaper published editorials blaming Malaysia's government. One piece read: "Malaysia (26)_________________ enter the (27)________(行列)of developed countries by 2020. But judging from its handling of the MH370 incident, Malaysia's

(28)_____________(现代化) will take far longer than this."

Malaysia has a (29)________ tourist industry. Last year, 1.8 million Chinese visited the country. But this could change because of Flight 370.

On Thursday, China's Foreign Ministry(外交部长) again called for more exact information from Malaysia on the details of the search. A spokesman said he hoped Malaysia would improve its

(30)________________(交流) with China.

This continues to be a developing story. For the latest information, go to 51VOA.com.

And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.