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The Chinese government claims to have new images of debris that may be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it has just been announced by Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

According to the Minister, the new images are different to those that have sparked a massive search of the Indian Ocean and which is still gathering pace. However, intriguingly they are in the same approximate area.

Hussein said: "The Chinese ambassador received satellite image of floating objects in the southern corridor. This object is 22m long and 13 metres wide."

The latest images – taken by a Chinese satellite - are being investigated and it is believed the Chinese will release more details later today.

The search of the area is being hampered by Tropical Cyclone Gillian and experts warn that finding the debris is incredibly difficult, bearing in mind the remote location, poor weather and depth of the ocean.

Hussein added: "The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received satellite image of floating objects in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify."

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