By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia are launching a trial to allow air traffic controllers to more closely track aircraft traversing remote oceans such as the one believed to be the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said in a media release in Sunday that the new system, which adapts technology already used by most long-haul jets, could greatly narrow down search areas in the case of future tragedies.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.
By Florence Tan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil stayed in the red on Monday on supply concerns despite partly recovering from earlier losses after a private business survey showed an improvement in China's manufacturing sector in February. Brent and U.S. crude futures fell about 1 percent early on Monday, after their first monthly rise since June, as surplus oil supply outweighed Beijing's efforts to support the world's second largest economy. "The key drivers over the next few months are going to come from supply dynamics more than demand dynamics," said Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney. "The market is moving into a holding pattern while waiting to see more evidence that production is going to be reduced." Brent crude was down 38 cents at $62.20 a barrel by 0145 ET after an 18 percent gain in February, the largest monthly rise since May 2009.