Malaysia said Monday it was sending ships to investigate a sighting of what could be a life raft, as an international rescue force searched for traces of an aircraft carrying 239 people to China which vanished two days ago. China, which had 153 of its nationals on board, said Malaysia needed to "step up" its efforts after authorities admitted they were mystified by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370. "There was a report today that we just received that an aircraft had seen something like an inverted life raft... so we are contacting our counterparts, we are sending ships there to verify the object," said Malaysia's head of civil aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. Malaysia has launched a terror probe after at least two of the passengers on board the plane were found to have travelled on stolen passports.
Munich (Germany) (AFP) - German football legend Uli Hoeness, boss of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, went on trial Monday for evading millions in taxes by hiding his wealth in a Swiss bank account. Hoeness, 62, would face a possible jail term if found guilty by the court in the southern city of Munich, which has scheduled a four-day trial with a verdict expected Thursday. At issue in the trial at Munich's higher regional court will be whether his declaration was valid and guarantees him immunity from prosecution.