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Objects spotted in new search zone for Malaysian jetliner

| Friday, March 28, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

PERTH, Australia — Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 680 miles to the northeast on Friday based on a fresh analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the zone.

Five out of 10 aircraft hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered objects of various colors, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. It said it was not clear whether the objects were from the plane, and photos of them would be analyzed overnight.

The authority said the items included two rectangular objects that were blue and grey — among the colors of the missing plane. A Chinese patrol ship in the area will attempt to locate the objects on Saturday, it said.

Meanwhile, all things Malaysian are being boycotted in China as their fury boils over into protest of the disappearance of the Malaysia plane and what many consider the bungled investigation that has followed, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Major Chinese ticketing agencies this week banned sales of airplane tickets to Malaysia, with one of them, eLong, saying it will maintain the stricture “indefinitely until the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines release every piece of information they have in order to find out the truth of the missing flight as soon as possible.”

Family members of the missing, who have been gathered in Beijing's Lido Hotel since the flight's disappearance on March 8, boycotted a regular news conference held by Malaysia Airlines, leaving airline personnel in a conference room with just journalists.

Even a popular singer, Fish Leong — an ethnically Chinese Malaysian who is pregnant —has been beset by threats on her microblog, with angry Chinese cursing her unborn child.

Of 227 passengers on the ill-fated flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, 153 were Chinese nationals.

The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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