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Malaysia says Indian Ocean airplane debris is part of a Boeing 777

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 Praveen Menon and Marine Pennetier KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year. "We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft," Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement. "This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Malaysian team." The barnacled plane part was flown to Paris on Saturday and was taken to Toulouse to undergo more detailed analysis.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:45:44 -0400
Germany's Merkel has chance of absolute majority, poll shows

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives diplomatic corps in the Chancellery in BerlinGermany Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership during the Greece crisis has given her conservatives a chance of winning an absolute majority if an election were held next week, an opinion poll on Sunday showed. The chancellor has ruled Germany since 2005 and now governs in coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). Not since Konrad Adenauer's third term as chancellor ended in 1961 has the CDU/CSU ruled with an absolute majority.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:26:42 -0400
Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in relationship

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech during a news conference after meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in CairoBy David Brunnstrom CAIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in their relationship despite tensions and concerns over human rights, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday at the first strategic dialogue between the two sides since 2009. U.S.-Egyptian relations cooled considerably after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 by the military amid mass protests against his rule. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told a joint news conference with Kerry in Cairo that his country had no major disagreements with the United States but that there were "differences in points of view over some issues, which is natural." Despite U.S. concerns about Egypt's lagging democratic reforms, Cairo remains one of its closest security allies in the Middle East, an increasingly crucial role in a region beset by turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:17:59 -0400
Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead
Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others. The dead bodies were found on board at the time of the rescue, a coast guard spokeswoman said on Sunday. The Mediterranean has become the world's most deadly barrier for migrants and refugees, with 3,500 thought to have died at sea last year and almost 2,000 so far this year.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:21:26 -0400
Two soldiers killed, 31 wounded in PKK suicide attack in east Turkey

A demonstrator holds a portrait of Kurdistan Workers Party jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan during a march in solidarity with him in DiyarbakirBy Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish army said two of its soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in an attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Four of the soldiers injured in the attack in which PKK militants also used rifles were in serious condition, the army said. Another soldier was killed in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin when a unit on patrol was attacked by the PKK late on Saturday night, the army said.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:11:05 -0400
Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug 29

Police and army soldiers are seen in front of a tank as they guard outside Tora prison in CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for the second time the verdict in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists who have been charged with aiding a terrorist organization, a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to Aug. 29. Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody. A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:08:07 -0400
No plane link to new debris in island hunt for MH370 clues

The metallic debris found on a beach on La Reunion island on August 2, 2015, did not come from an airplaneSaint-André (France) (AFP) - A fevered hunt for more wreckage from missing flight MH370 on La Reunion island turned up no new clues Sunday as authorities said metallic debris found by locals did not come from an airplane. Locals on La Reunion island have been combing the shores since the wing part was found last Wednesday, handing over bits of what they believe to be wreckage to police. Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman who is in France for the analysis of the wing part, told AFP one item "was actually from a domestic ladder.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:53:59 -0400
WADA to investigate new doping allegations in athletics

President of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie leaves after attending the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Reedie says it is alarmed by "wild allegations'" made by two European media outlets of widespread suspicious drug tests in track and field and is asking an independent body to investigate the claims. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency is alarmed by "wild allegations" made by two European media outlets of widespread suspicious drug tests in track and field, and is asking an independent body to investigate.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:44:28 -0400
Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A United Nations spokesman says one peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured after they came under attack by unidentified armed men in the capital.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:42:19 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris. A new piece of debris, meanwhile, found on Sunday on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean turned out to be a "domestic ladder," and doesn't belong to a plane, Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press amid media reports that a new plane part was found.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:33:16 -0400
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:28:50 -0400
Two Malian soldiers killed in ambush: military
Armed men placed explosives on a road in a region near the Mauritanian border where Islamist militants have launched attacks in the past, the sources said. The attackers set off the devices "to stop the convoy and then opened fire at our men," one officer in the nearby town of Mopti told Reuters by telephone on Sunday. A senior military official in the capital Bamako said reinforcements have been sent to the region.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:28:30 -0400
Broad eager to lead England attack in Anderson's absence

England's Stuart Broad (2nd R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Australia's Steve Smith on the fourth day of the opening Ashes Test at The Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on July 11, 2015Stuart Broad has said he's ready to lead England's attack as they bid for an Ashes-clinching win against Australia at his Trent Bridge home ground in the absence of James Anderson. Broad is set to be England's senior bowler in Nottingham after longtime new-ball partner Anderson was ruled out of the fourth Test with a side injury suffered during an eight-wicket win at Edgbaston on Friday that put the hosts 2-1 up in the five-match series. Not only is Anderson England's most successful Test bowler of all-time, with 413 wickets -- including an Ashes-best six for 47 at Edgbaston -- he also has a brilliant record at Trent Bridge.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:24:52 -0400
Russian police detain several gay activists

Police officers detain a gay rights activist standing with a rainbow flag during a protest at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Several gay rights activists stood protesting against gay rights violation at Palace square where paratroopers celebrated Paratroopers' Day. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg have briefly detained several gay activists, who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:23:21 -0400
China wins mixed 3-meter springboard diving at worlds

China's gold medalists Wang Han and Yang Hao perform during mixed 3 m synchro springboard final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)KAZAN, Russia (AP) — China dominated the first ever mixed three-meter springboard diving event at the world championships on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:22:15 -0400
Emotional scenes as South Sudan gains Olympic status

South Sudan Secretary General of the Olympic Committee Tong Chor Malek Deran speaks at a press conference at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. South Sudan received official recognition from the IOC on Sunday, allowing the world's newest nation to send a team under its own flag to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:17:43 -0400
Attacks spark calls for Israeli crackdown on Jewish extremists

Eighteen-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha died while four family members were wounded in a fire at their homes in the West BankIsrael faced mounting pressure Sunday to crack down on Jewish extremists after a firebombing that killed a Palestinian child and the stabbing of six Gay Pride marchers drew widespread outrage. Friday's firebombing of a Palestinian family's home in the West Bank by suspected Jewish settlers has further inflamed tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, with clashes breaking out in various cities. The stabbings at the Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday night has also put a spotlight on Jewish extremists, with an ultra-Orthodox man accused of carrying out the violence only weeks after being released from prison for a similar attack.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:17:31 -0400
Russian forces kill 8 suspected IS members in North Caucasus
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's counterterrorism agency says its forces in North Caucasus have killed eight militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:17:11 -0400
New doping crisis to 'shake the foundation' of athletics

Athletics faced a fresh doping scandal when leaked results from 12,000 blood tests taken from 5,000 competitors allegedly demonstrated instances of cheating and "a shameful betrayal" of clean athletesThe World Anti-Doping Agency said Sunday it was "very alarmed" by new accusations of mass doping that have plunged athletics into a deep crisis. WADA president Craig Reedie said the new claims would "shake the foundation" of athletes trying to stay clean. German television channel ARD and Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said they had been leaked a database belonging to athletics governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:16:58 -0400
Official: Top Burundi general assassinated in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:16:23 -0400
Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military helicopter crashed Sunday during an aerobatic display, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:14:48 -0400
US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, listens during the opening of a US-Egypt strategic dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Kerry met Sunday with Egyptian officials in Cairo as part of a Mideast trip aimed at assuaging concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:13:09 -0400
Rebels in eastern Ukraine say radioactive waste cache safe
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have sought to assuage concerns that a cache of radioactive waste at a local chemical factory could pose a threat.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:11:28 -0400
Kerry assures Mideast allies Iran deal makes them 'safer'

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) pictured during the opening of a US-Egypt strategic dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo on August 2, 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour in the Egyptian capital on Sunday. Kerry met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to patch up troubled relations between the two countries with a pledge of support. Egypt, and other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia, are suspicious of Iran, which they view as bent on destabilising their countries.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:01:32 -0400
Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

FILE - In this photo dated Wednesday, July 29, 2015, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Malaysian officials said Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more possible debris from the plane. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:51:30 -0400
Thiem beats Goffin to take Swiss Open title
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Dominic Thiem of Austria won his second straight title on Sunday, beating top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in the Swiss Open final.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:49:20 -0400
One pilot killed, another injured after helicopter crash at Russian airshow
One pilot died and another was injured when a helicopter crashed at an airshow in the Russian region of Ryazan on Sunday. During aerobatics at the event some 200 km (124 miles) south-east of Moscow, an Mi-28 helicopter went into a flat spin before crashing. "The commander has died, the second pilot is alive.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:47:59 -0400
UAE prosecutor refers 41 people to trial on terror charges
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an extremist state, according to a statement released Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:47:07 -0400
Kerry says to explore greater support for U.N. plan to form Libya unity government
CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would explore greater support for a United Nations plan to form a unity government in Libya. Kerry said "spoiler groups" could not be allowed to destroy a peace process. Kerry was speaking in Cairo after talks with Egyptian officials. Last month, the U.N. brokered a preliminary deal between Libya's warring factions to form a unity government and end fighting but a non-recognized parliament in Tripoli refused to join the deal. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Yara Bayoumy)
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:29:29 -0400
Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, center, and his fiance Marwa Omara, left, arrive to Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:12:43 -0400
Egypt FM says no journalists in jail for their work
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said on Sunday no journalists are imprisoned in Egypt because of their reporting. The comments came at a news conference following the first "strategic dialogue" between Egypt and the United States since 2009. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the coming months leading to parliamentary elections would determine whether Egypt can strike a balance between fighting terrorism and human rights. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and William Hardy)
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:07:51 -0400
Turkish military denies hit civilians during air strikes
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's military on Sunday denied allegations that it hit civilians in the village of Zargala during air strikes and said the target was a shelter for Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. "The targets in northern Iraq and inside Turkey are being identified by qualified personnel, based on confirmed visual data and as a result of a very meticilous and detailed study," the military said. It added that an investigation regarding the village in question returned no findings of civilian residential areas within the impact range of the bombardment. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:06:26 -0400
Kerry says U.S., Egypt moving back to 'strong base' in relationship
CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States and Egypt were moving back to a "strong base" in their relationship despite tensions and concerns on human rights. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told a joint news conference with Kerry in Cairo that his country had no "major disagreements" with the United States but there were "differences in points of view over some issues, which is natural." (Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:00:24 -0400
Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'

File picture shows Turkish soldiers at a check point in Diyarbakir, in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the countryTwo Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded early Sunday in a suicide attack blamed on Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels' bases in northern Iraq. The attack in the Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province is the first time Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been accused of staging a suicide attack in the current crisis, amid an escalating cycle of violence that appears to have no end in sight. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and PKK militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:54:45 -0400
Rome-Milan train service back after storm pummels Florence

In this picture taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, people make their way on a flooded street in Florence, Italy. A thunderstorm, hail and fierce winds Saturday evening pummeled Florence, flooding basements and knocking down hundreds of trees. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA Via AP)ROME (AP) — The Italian state railways says service is back to normal on a key Rome-Florence line after a roof, ripped off by a whirlwind, toppled a power pylon.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:54:44 -0400
Ending migrant crisis 'top priority', vow Britain and France

Police clash with nationalist counter demonstrators as people rally to support migrants trying to cross into England through the channel tunnel from France, near an entrance to the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone, on August 1, 2015France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. Beefed-up security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants in the port city of Calais trying to make it through an undersea tunnel to Britain, with only 400 bids Saturday night, a police source said, compared to 2,000 earlier in the week. Around 3,000 people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are camped in Calais waiting to smuggle themselves into Britain, and the costly crisis has strained ties across the Channel.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:53:36 -0400
After 3 years, Jordan refugee camp for Syrians now a city

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo, an elderly Syrian refugee woman stands outside her shelter surrounded with flowers she planted, at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. On Zaatari’s anniversary this past week, the transformation from tent camp to city symbolizes the failure of rival world powers to negotiate an end Syria’s war. But some say it’s also a reminder that the shift from emergency aid to long-term solutions, such as setting up a water network to replace expensive delivery by truck, should have come much sooner. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Only empty desert three years ago, the Mideast's largest camp for Syrian civil war refugees has grown from a town of tents into a bustling city.


Date Posted : Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:46:52 -0400
 

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