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Malaysia vows not to give up search
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NEW: Australian team says four orange objects spotted were fishing equipment

Families demand evidence from Malaysian authorities

Australian Prime Minister to CNN: "The effort is ramping up, not winding down"

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For three weeks, crews have searched for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But so far, they have nothing to show for it.

More objects were pulled from the waters over the weekend, but they weren’t debris from the plane.

On Sunday, an Australian aircraft spotted four orange items. Officials called them “the most promising leads.”

On Monday, we learned they were fishing equipment.

For families of the passengers, the wait has been agonizing. And the mixed messages from Malaysian officials haven’t helped. Last week, they were told everyone aboard had died. Then on Saturday, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister said there could be survivors.

“We are here struck with sadness and urgency,” said Jiang Hui, the families’ designated representative.

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you get up to speed on the latest twists in an investigation that has transfixed the world and baffled authorities:

What’s the latest on what searchers have spotted?

Crews have come across a lot of debris, but none linked to the missing plane.

An Australian search team snapped photos of four orange objects it spotted in the water on Sunday.

The items were more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) long, Flight Lt. Russell Adams said.

Adams called the discovery of the four objects one of the “most promising leads” searchers have come across.

But after analyzing them, investigators determined whether they’re from the missing plane.

Have ships in the search area recovered anything?

Yes, but so far none of the pieces of debris they’ve collected has turned out to be from the missing plane.

Objects picked up by ships on Saturday turned out to be fishing equipment and other items, officials said.

On Saturday, crew members aboard a Chinese plane dropped buoys to mark three suspected debris sites, China’s state-run CCTV reported. It later said an orange “suspicious object” spotted by a Chinese plane Saturday turned out to be a dead jellyfish.

What are the passengers families saying?

On Sunday, a group of families demanded more evidence from the Malaysian government on the fate of their relatives.

“We want evidence, we want truth and we want our family,” they chanted outside a Kuala Lumpur hotel.

Far from that crowd, the husband of one of the plane’s flight attendants told CNN’s Paula Hancocks he’s angry about the way the airline has handled the situation, and he doesn’t know what to tell his two children when they ask when their mother’s coming home.

He’s vowed to bring her back, but it’s a promise he’s not sure he’ll be able to keep.

“I really don’t know where she is now,” he said, tears filling his eyes.

Who’s searching for the plane?

Monday’s search team consists of 10 aircraft and 10 ships, authorities said.