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Plane debris found on Indian Ocean island points to MH370 breakthrough
French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionBy Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said. National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:59:38 -0400
Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed
News ImageBy Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. Pakistan cited reports of Omar's death as the reason for the delay in negotiations, amid fears they could trigger a potentially bloody succession battle and further deepen divisions within the militant movement. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed leader at a meeting of the Taliban's top representatives, many of whom are based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, according to the sources who were present at the shura, or gathering.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:16:03 -0400
Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks. Chad has deployed thousands of soldiers alongside troops from neighbors Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger to tackle the militant group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands. "We killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:02:54 -0400
Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six
An Orthodox Jewish assailant stabs participants at an annual gay pride parade, wounding six, in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses saidBy Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago. "We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground," Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel's Channel 2, said. It was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a divided city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of Israel and highlighted the tension nationwide among disparate social groups.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:23:17 -0400
Greece's Tsipras asserts control over party with congress vote
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras gestures as he delivers his speech during a central committee of leftist Syriza party in AthensBy Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks. At a meeting of the Syriza movement's 200-member central committee held in an old cinema hall, Tsipras defended his decision to accept harsh bailout terms as the best deal anyone could win for Greece. The emergency congress will allow Tsipras to bring in new members and capitalize on the wider public support he has secured over the past two years, making it easier to defeat the far-left camp.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:40:20 -0400
Taiwan students storm education ministry compound in textbook protest
Hundreds of Taiwan students stormed the ministry of education compound early on Friday, after one committed suicide earlier in the week, intensifying anti-China protests over textbooks they say are aimed at promoting Beijing's "one China" policy. About 700 students climbed barricades around the ministry and as of Friday morning about 200 students were encamped inside the ministry compound, demanding an audience with the island's education minister, police said. "We have received orders not to remove the students," a police spokesman said. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:19:28 -0400
Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption
BEIJING (AP) China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:47:55 -0400
Activists on Oregon bridge block Shell's Arctic drilling quest
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic, as a U.S. judge ordered the group to pay daily fines starting at $2,500 per hour. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season by stopping the Fennica icebreaker, which is carrying emergency equipment that would cap any blown-out well. Shell is not allowed to start drilling without it and the drilling season ends in October, when sea ice forms. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:35:57 -0400
Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the missing, after a year and a half of grieving and frustration at a lack of answers, despite a wide, deep and expensive multinational search effort in the southern Indian Ocean, the China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:32:39 -0400
French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel
News ImageThe British government was to hold an emergency meeting Friday to grapple with a migrant crisis on its doorstep, as police in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel tunnel. Around 3,000 people from countries including Syria and Eritrea are camping out in the northern French port of Calais and trying to cross into Britain illegally by clambering on board lorries and trains. France has bolstered its police presence in Calais and migrants have made fewer attempts to enter the Eurotunnel than in previous nights.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:29:18 -0400
2-time defending champ John Isner advances in Atlanta Open
ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion John Isner beat Radek Stepanek 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7) on Thursday night in his opening match in the Atlanta Open. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:15:51 -0400
US launches investigation into killing of 'Cecil the lion'
News ImageUS authorities launched an investigation into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage. Trophy hunter Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion earlier this month after the feline was allegedly lured out of the Hwange National Park boundaries with a dead animal as bait. The professional Zimbabwean hunter who organized the hunt has been charged in Zimbabwe with "failing to prevent an illegal hunt." But a court hearing for the landowner accused of allowing the hunt was delayed on Thursday.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:54:21 -0400
Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
News ImageSAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:53:26 -0400
Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations
News ImageKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:34:52 -0400
Ace helps Ishikawa grab share of National lead
News ImageJapan's Ryo Ishikawa fired a hole-in-one during a sparkling eight-under-par 63 to grab a share of the lead at the US PGA Quicken Loans National. The 23-year-old Asian star also reeled off six birdies in a row to match two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, a South African twice Ishikawa's age, atop the leaderboard at the 7,385-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "It was a great day for my putting," said Ishikawa after his best round of the year.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:30:01 -0400
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