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Australia Spots Possible Debris from Malaysia Jetliner

Australia says it has located possible debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament Thursday that two objects were spotted in satellite imagery. He said an Orion surveillance aircraft and three other planes are headed to the location.

Mr. Abbott warned against making presumptions about the nature of the objects, saying it will be "extremely difficult" to locate them. Officials plan to hold a news conference in Canberra later Thursday to discuss the findings.

Australia has been helping coordinate the southern section of the search for the plane, which vanished on March 8 without a trace with 239 people on board. At least 26 nations have been hunting for the plane across a search area that covers more than seven million square kilometers.



Investigators believe the plane was deliberately diverted, either south toward the Indian Ocean or north toward Central Asia. They have refused to rule out any possibility, including a mechanical malfunction, terrorism, or pilot suicide.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the search is a "top priority" for the United States. He told a U.S. televisions station that he has put every available resource into the effort.

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