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Britain's goods trade deficit widened by more than expected in January as exports fell to their lowest level in more than a year and a half, official data showed on Friday. The Office for National Statistics said the goods deficit was 9.793 billion pounds in January. Good exports fell 4 percent to 24.248 billion pounds, their lowest level since June 2012. Britain' overall trade deficit, including the country's massive services industry, widened to 2.565 billion pounds from 668 million in December.
By Niluksi Koswanage and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An investigation into the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner is focusing more on a suspicion the flight was deliberately diverted, as evidence suggests it was last headed out over the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the Malaysian probe said. In a far more detailed description of military radar plotting than has been publicly revealed, two sources told Reuters that an unidentified aircraft that investigators suspect was missing Flight MH370 appeared to be following a commonly used navigational route when it was last spotted early on Saturday, northwest of Malaysia. That course - headed into the Andaman Sea and towards the Bay of Bengal - could only have been set deliberately, either by flying the Boeing 777-200ER jet manually or by programming the auto-pilot. A third investigative source said inquiries were focusing more on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight, with 239 people on board, hundreds of miles off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.