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Australia to Continue Search for MH370

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak shake hands at a joint news conference in Putrajaya, Sept. 6, 2014.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak shake hands at a joint news conference in Putrajaya, Sept. 6, 2014.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will not give up the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing six months ago.

Abbott said Saturday, during a one-day visit to Malaysia, that the search for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, will resume in about two weeks and would last as long as needed to scour the seabed of the Indian Ocean west of Australia.

The Australian leader was in Malaysia Saturday to discuss the search efforts with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The two also discussed the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which exploded over strife-torn eastern Ukraine in July with 289 people on board.

Najib said he wants to send investigators to Ukraine before winter sets in to gather evidence, although he said the government has "pretty conclusive" intelligence reports to prove the plane was shot down. He did not elaborate.

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