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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

French gendarmes and police stand on the beach where a large piece of plane debris was found 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 when the ill-fated flight disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, creating one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:40:45 -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.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:23:17 -0400
Tokyo Electric executives to be charged over Fukushima nuclear disaster

Logos of Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, are seen on company uniforms as employees listen to a video speech by company president Hirose after taking part in a moment of silence in TokyoA Japanese citizens' panel ruled on Friday that three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives should be indicted for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Kyodo news agency said. Tokyo prosecutors in January rejected the panel's judgment that the three should be charged, citing insufficient evidence. The panel ruled that the former executives had failed to take countermeasures to strengthen the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant despite foreseeing the dangers it faced from tsunamis, Kyodo said.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:34:57 -0400
Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack

Palestinian boy inspects a house that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists on two houses at Kafr Duma village near NablusBy Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old baby and seriously injuring several other family members, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:36:45 -0400
Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

National Counterterrorism Center image of Mullah OmarBy 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.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:16:03 -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.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:40:20 -0400
Tokyo 2020 emblem designer denies plagiarizing Belgian logo

International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates, seventh right, and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori eighth right, pose for photographers in front of a official Emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Metropolitan Plaza in Tokyo, Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — The designer of the emblem for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics says he did not copy a Belgian theater logo that looks similar.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:55:26 -0400
Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 34 percent in the first half of the year to 1.52 billion euros ($1.68 billion.)
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:52:38 -0400
Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup
SYDNEY (AP) — Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and has been named in an extended 31-man Australia squad preparing for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:49:52 -0400
New Zealand appeals Olympics disqualification
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its Under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:47:54 -0400
Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, killing a young child and critically wounding at least three people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli prime minister called the incident a "terror attack."
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:46:28 -0400
Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:44:27 -0400
Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death 'act of terrorism'

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank on Friday "an act of terrorism in every respect."


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:41:32 -0400
Turkey: 2 policemen, 2 PKK militants killed in clash
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a police station in southern Turkey, killing two policemen amid renewed violence between the security forces and the Kurdish insurgents. Two rebels were also killed in a gunfight that ensued.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:37:10 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 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.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:32:43 -0400
Almaty, Beijing make final pitches for 2022 Winter Olympics

Chinese delegation, from left, Yao Ming, Li Nina, Yang Lan, Liu Peng, Yang Yang, Vice President of the China Olympics Council Yu Zaiqing, China Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Wang Anshun, Zhang Haidi, Li Lingwei, Hou Liang and Zhang Li attend the Beijing's bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July, 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:30:45 -0400
Myanmar president not ruling out second term

Myanmar's President Thein Sein speaks at the Mekong-Five Economic Forum hosted by JETRO in TokyoMyanmar President Thein Sein has indicated willingness to have a second five-year term in office after a parliamentary election in November, citing few younger people capable of continuing his government's reform agenda. Thein Sein, 70, will not run in the ballot due to health concerns. "With my age and with some health concerns, I want to retire... But frankly speaking, in our country, there are very few young or even middle-aged people who could steer the country in the right direction," he told Friday's Nikkei Asian Review.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:26:09 -0400
Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

In this July 17, 2015 photo, a visitor looks at photos of deceased pilots of the Imperial Japanese Army in the World War II at Chiran Peace Museum in Chiran in Kagoshima Prefecture, south west of Japan. As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms. Chiran served as the takeoff spot for 439 pilots on suicide-attack missions, many of them also teenagers. Japan surrendered four months later. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)CHIRAN, Japan (AP) — As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:09:10 -0400
Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader

An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban are praising their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:03:59 -0400
Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

A Syrian migrant baby sleeps in the waiting room of the train station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, near the border with MacedoniaAt the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union. "It's a dangerous road, we've been walking for days," says Mahmoud Rashid, a 25-year-old Kurd from northern Syria's devastated city of Aleppo. The majority hope the stay in Presevo, a mostly-ethnic Albanian town of some 30,000, will last only a few hours -- the time it takes to apply for asylum in order to get a document legalising their stay in Serbia for 72 hours.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:02:33 -0400
Kurds in Turkey's Diyarbakir fear return to 'dark years'

A Turkish police officer questions a young Kurdish boy in the center of Diyarbakir on July 23, 2015With Turkish air force F-16s thundering in the night sky and tanks rolling through the streets, many Kurds in Turkey fear a return to war after a devastating bombing left a ceasefire in tatters. "I think we are all reliving the same thing as in the 1990s, the dark years... There's a real risk of reliving clashes and fights," said Pinar Demir, a young lawyer living in the majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. Blamed on Islamic State militants, the July 20 suicide bombing in the majority Kurdish border town of Suruc killed 32 people, sparking revenge attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which suspects the Turkish government of colluding with the jihadists.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:47:18 -0400
Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday that he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:42:05 -0400
Palestinian baby dies in fire started by Israeli settlers: officials

File picture shows a Palestinian boy going into a building on which Hebrew graffiti has been daubed, allegedly by Jewish settlers, in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West BankAn 18-month-old Palestinian baby died and its parents were injured in a fire started by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said Friday. Extreme-right Israeli activists have committed acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and Arab Israelis for years, attacking Christian and Muslim places of worship and even Israeli soldiers. West Bank settlements are major impediments to peace negotiations with the Palestinians, who see the land as part of a future independent state, and Western nations have called on Israel to halt such projects.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:31:41 -0400
Real Madrid beat AC Milan 10-9 on penalties

Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla scores a goal during the penalty shootout of the International Champions Cup football match between AC Milan and Real Madrid in Shanghai on July 30, 2015A miss by AC Milan's 16-year-old reserve goalkeeper gave Real Madrid a 10-9 penalty shoot-out victory in an exhibition match in Shanghai. The shoot-out followed a 0-0 stalemate after 90 minutes and sealed victory for Real Madrid in the China edition of the International Champions Cup. Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla confidently strode to the penalty spot before hammering the ball past Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma to put his side 10-9 ahead.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:30:38 -0400
Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

In this photo taken March 9, 2012, Guo Boxiong rubs his face during a session of the National People's Congress held in Beijing. China has expelled the former top general from the ruling Communist Party on Friday, July 31, 2015 over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)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.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:13:18 -0400
What changes to expect from Obama's final Clean Power Plan

The proposal under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution is seen in WashingtonBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping - and controversial - regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. The proposal is the signature piece of President Barack Obama’s climate change policy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said this week that the final rule will be "stronger in many ways than the proposed rule." But the Clean Power Plan has been sharply criticized by the energy and manufacturing industries and some energy-producing states, and opponents have already vowed to challenge the regulation in court.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:08:28 -0400
Beijing makes last pitch in bidding for 2022 Winter Games

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) speaks during the presentation for the host city for the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing highlighted environmental improvements since the Summer Olympics in 2008 in its final presentation to the IOC before voting Friday to determine which city will be awarded the 2022 Winter Games.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:00:30 -0400
China says former senior police chief suspected of murder
China's anti-graft watchdog accused the former police chief of the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia of suspected murder on Friday, saying he would be prosecuted for crimes that include bribery and illegal possession of firearms. Zhao Liping was in charge of the police in Inner Mongolia from 2005 until 2010 and had worked for almost three decades as a police officer. The ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said that Zhao took bribes, illegally owned firearms and was an adulterer.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:51:42 -0400
Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370

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 ReunionSAINT-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.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:11:45 -0400
Unusual terror case going to trial in US court
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A jury has been selected in the case of a Russian military veteran charged with leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:03:18 -0400
Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Map shows the spread of the Islamic State; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:02:32 -0400
China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

This July 6, 2015 photo shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange. Most major global markets rose Thursday, July 30, 2015, after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low, corporate earnings mostly did better than expected and investors awaited U.S. economic growth figures. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:01:51 -0400
Currency crisis has Venezuelans struggling to call abroad

A woman talks on her cellphone as she walks past a Movistar sign in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Movistar the country’s largest private operator quietly cut off almost all long distance service two months ago. But it’s not clear that he would fare better with Venezuela’s two other telephone service providers. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis that is leaving the country increasingly cut off from the rest of the world.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:01:47 -0400
Greek bailout talks to shift gear

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras holds a bottle of water as he is surrounded by photographers during a meeting of ruling radical left Syriza party's central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund begin an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion). Greece needs the money to keep paying its debts and remain in the euro currency.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:01:37 -0400
Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations

Yao Ming, retired Chinese professional basketball player smiles during a press conference for Beijing 2022 Olympic bid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)KUALA 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.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:58:03 -0400
AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues

FILE - In this July 17, 2015 file photo, DigitalGlobe imagery analyst Micah Farfour, shows a high-resolution satellite photograph taken of trawlers in Papua New Guinea loading slave-caught seafood onto Silver Sea 2, a refrigerated cargo ship belonging to the Thai-owned Silver Sea Fishery Co., at DigitalGlobe’s headquarters in Westminster, Colo. Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:53:12 -0400
Top Asian News at 3:30 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.
Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:32:37 -0400
Almaty has hard-hitting final pitch for 2022 hosting rights

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) speaks during the presentation for the host city for the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.


Date Posted : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:31:50 -0400
 

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