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US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

Thursday July 30, 2015    7:04 AM

Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday the debris found on the French island of Reunion will be sent for investigation to the French city of Toulouse, the center for European aviation."We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace," Najib Razak said on his per ... Full Story

Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

Thursday July 30, 2015    6:19 AM

KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH3 ... Full Story

Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:58 AM

Others who were freed included former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues more than a decade ago, and at least a handful of journalists and social activists.An Information Ministry statement said 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, were being freed across the ... Full Story

Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:31 AM

On a short break from his election campaigning in the United States, the Republican landed Thursday in his private helicopter in front of the hotel at the luxurious resort he purchased last year to extend his portfolio of golf properties.Trump, wearing a red hat emblazoned with his campaign s ... Full Story

Three Turkish troops killed in 'PKK attack' in southeast

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:04 AM

Ankara (AFP) - Three Turkish troops were killed on Thursday when Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants opened fire on their convoy in the southeastern province of Sirnak, the army said."As a result of an attack by the Separatist Terror Organisation three of our brave personnel -- one office ... Full Story

Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera retrial verdict

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:37 AM

Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were jailed last year for "spreading false news" during their coverage of the turmoil after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.Greste, who has since been deported, and Fahmy received seven year ... Full Story

Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm

Wednesday July 29, 2015    3:01 AM

Thirty years later, Pollard, 60, has been granted parole from his life sentence by the U.S. Parole Commission, which set his release for Nov. 21.In some ways the dispute continues. His lawyers say they will ask President Barack Obama for clemency and to allow Pollard to travel from the United St ... Full Story

Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns

Wednesday July 29, 2015    1:58 AM

Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 after regular time thanks to Chelsea defender Gary Cahill's header in the 85th minute.In the shootout, Alan Halilovic put Barca down with a shot off the crossbar to open the second ... Full Story

French foreign minister arrives in Tehran for talks

Wednesday July 29, 2015    1:13 AM

The last Iranian president to make a state visit to France was Mohammad Khatami in 1999, when Jacques Chirac was president. Fabius met with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and was also due to meet Rouhani on his one-day visit, two weeks after a landmark deal unde ... Full Story

Pakistan police kill feared Sunni militant leader, 13 others

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:46 AM

Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so feared in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered the unrepentant killer tea and cookies in court.Yet Ishaq, believed to be either 55 or 56, operated f ... Full Story

Pakistan police say kill leader of banned sectarian group

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:10 AM

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said. Malik Isha ... Full Story

Australian reality TV stars 'shot at by IS' in Syria

Tuesday July 28, 2015    11:43 AM

SBS is to air the first episode of the three-part series "Go Back to Where You Came From" on Tuesday evening, with the programme taking "ordinary Australians" to Syria, Baghdad and Myanmar to expose them to asylum-seekers and refugees' experiences.In footage released b ... Full Story

Spanish firefighters bring major forest blaze under control

Tuesday July 28, 2015    7:31 AM

MADRID (AP) â?? Authorities in northeastern Spain say they have brought under control a major blaze that was Catalonia's biggest wildfire in three years.Officials said the fire charred some 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of forest and farmland before being extinguished Monday night.Investigat ... Full Story

Detained Post reporter's lawyer in Iran asks for his release

Tuesday July 28, 2015    6:01 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) â?? The lawyer of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said Tuesday her client should be freed in the wake of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Iranian media reported.Both the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies quoted Rezaian's defense lawy ... Full Story

Over 1,800 migrants rescued off Italy, 13 bodies recovered

Tuesday July 28, 2015    5:34 AM

Rome (AFP) - More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday.Vessels taking part in EU border security operation Triton rescued the migrants from their rickety boats in five separate operations on Monday, following t ... Full Story

A Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe's migrant crisis

Thursday July 30, 2015    6:46 AM

SUBOTICA, Serbia (Reuters) - Swifts darted in and out of nesting holes in the scrubland around an old brick factory in northern Serbia. In the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across the nearby Hungarian border and into the European Union. Thirty-year-old Mohammed, from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo, said it had taken him just two weeks to come this far. â??We are quick,â?쳌 he said. â??We are quick, to beat the fence. ... Full Story

Cairo hearing in Al Jazeera journalists' retrial adjourned: Al Jazeera

Thursday July 30, 2015    5:25 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court session which had been expected to deliver a verdict on Thursday in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists has been adjourned, Al Jazeera said on its Twitter feed. The reason for the postponement was not clear and there ... Full Story

China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:49 AM

China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbors and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt l ... Full Story

Investigators scramble to analyse wreckage for MH370 link

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:22 AM

The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage was found on the French island of La Reunion, offering up bittersweet hope of closure to the families of 239 people who disappeared in March last year on the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.Australia, which has led a fruitless 16-month search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, said the discovery of what appeared to be part of a wing, was an "important development"."No theory is being ruled out, including that it comes from a Boeing 777," local government officials on La Reunion said in a statement.But as local French air transport police studied the debris and experts from Malaysia headed to the scene, authorities warned against jumping to conclusions."Whatev ... Full Story

Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:55 AM

The profit of 347 million euros ($383 million) beat expectations and Nokia's stock jumped more than 9 percent to 6.51 euros in midday Helsinki trading.Overall sales in the period increased 9 percent to 3.2 billion euros, helped by currency fluctuations but also increased demand for software i ... Full Story

Special Report: Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions

Wednesday July 29, 2015    11:43 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. A burly man with a long, Cossack-style moustache, Korchynsky has several hundred armed men at his disposal. The ... Full Story

NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State

Wednesday July 29, 2015    2:52 AM

The rare meeting held at Turkey's request came as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not continue negotiations with the Kurds amid attacks on Turkish targets.Turkish jets later hit Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey after the group fired on security forces, th ... Full Story

Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

Wednesday July 29, 2015    1:49 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. ... Full Story

Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence

Wednesday July 29, 2015    1:04 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) â?? Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.Chief Justice S.K. Sinha deliv ... Full Story

Men due in court for killing Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:37 AM

Cecil the lion, a popular attraction among international visitors to Hwange National Park, was lured outside the reserve's boundaries by bait and killed earlier this month.The hunter was identified as Walter James Palmer, an experienced trophy hunter from Minnesota, who paid $50,000 for the hu ... Full Story

Huckabee's gas chamber reference to Iran deal draws Israeli criticism

Tuesday July 28, 2015    12:10 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew rare criticism from Israel on Tuesday for comments in which he accused President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" in a nuclear deal with Iran. Israeli Tr ... Full Story

Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death

Tuesday July 28, 2015    11:25 AM

The United Nations also said it was "deeply disturbed" by the outcome and criticised the trial for failing to meet international standards.Seif al-Islam, the strongman's one-time heir apparent who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was tried in his absence be ... Full Story

Nevill retained as Australia's keeper for third Test

Tuesday July 28, 2015    7:22 AM

Nevill impressed on his international debut with seven catches and a breezy 45 in his lone innings as Australia thrashed England by 405 runs to win the second Test at Lord's and level the five-match series at 1-1.Haddin missed that match for "family reasons", sparking a debate as ... Full Story

FIFA's Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Putin

Tuesday July 28, 2015    5:52 AM

The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said "people like Blatter ... deserve special recognition."Blatter ha ... Full Story

Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

Tuesday July 28, 2015    5:25 AM

The Tripoli court that sentenced Seif al-Islam, who is being held by a militia that refuses to hand him over, also sentenced to death eight others, including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, who is in government custody.It was unclear whether the sentences in the mass trial of 38 Gadh ... Full Story

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

Thursday July 30, 2015    6:37 AM

The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate's life, even if the prisoner refuses. It passed with a 46-40 vote in favor â?? a slender margin in the 120-seat Knesset. The remaining lawmakers were sent from the early morning vote.While the law applies to all prisoners held in Israeli jails, Palestinian prisoners have used hunger strikes as a tool to draw atten ... Full Story

Greek PM tries to rein in leftists in party battle

Thursday July 30, 2015    5:07 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's divided leftist Syriza party met on Thursday to thrash out its differences amid a mounting rebellion by far-left lawmakers who accuse the party of betraying its anti-austerity roots. Greece narrowly averted an ex ... Full Story

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says UK denies him six-month visa

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:40 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favor of one with a shorter duration, telling him that he had not declared a previous "criminal conviction". ... Full Story

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial

Thursday July 30, 2015    4:13 AM

CAIRO (AP) â?? A Cairo court on Thursday announced it was postponing the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week.The move came because the judge in the case, Hassan Farid, was ill, two judicial officials said, adding that the new date for the verdict, Aug. 2, ... Full Story

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:46 AM

An Associated Press investigation found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports.In the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites, the AP conduct ... Full Story

Greece's Tsipras, hounded by left, vows 'thus far and no further'

Wednesday July 29, 2015    8:43 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month.Tsipras faces a tough S ... Full Story

Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

Wednesday July 29, 2015    2:43 AM

Obama, his Cabinet and other allies are making the case that the deal, which calls on Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief, is the best possible way to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Se ... Full Story

Merkel's Bavarian ally Seehofer says Grexit would cause 'utter chaos'

Wednesday July 29, 2015    1:22 AM

"No one can predict the consequences of a Grexit other than that a lot of Greece's debts would have to be written off and at the same time monetary help would be necessary," Seehofer, state premier of Bavaria, said to the paper. "On top of that there wou ... Full Story

Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:55 AM

Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks came during a news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, as they seek to ensure that the agreement swiftly takes effect.Mogherini was intricately involved in the long-running diplomacy that culminated in a July 14 accord between Ir ... Full Story

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:28 AM

"I extended my sincerest apologies for the fact that we would have to change the plan for the new national stadium," organizing committee head Yoshio Mori said after a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and his executive board in Kuala Lumpur.Earlier this month, the Japanese government ... Full Story

Obama heads to African Union at end of tour to build ties

Tuesday July 28, 2015    11:52 AM

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Barack Obama told African nations on Tuesday they needed to respect democratic rules and create jobs to avoid a slide into disorder. In the first speech by a serving U.S. president to the 54-nation African Union, he said violence unleashed ... Full Story

NATO stands in 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against 'terrorism'

Tuesday July 28, 2015    7:49 AM

The rare talks came as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara could not continue its peace process with the Kurds amid fresh attacks on Turkish targets.Turkey's decision to lump IS together with Kurdish forces who bitterly oppose the jihadist group has surprised some Weste ... Full Story

Syria safe zone will help 1.7 mn refugees return: Erdogan

Tuesday July 28, 2015    7:13 AM

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the formation of a safe zone inside war-torn Syria, free from the Islamic State group, would help the return of 1.7 million refugees."The clearance of those regions and the creation of a safe zone there will lay the ground f ... Full Story

IOC executive board recommends South Sudan gain recognition

Tuesday July 28, 2015    5:43 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) â?? The IOC executive board recommended Tuesday that South Sudan be granted Olympic recognition, a step that would allow the world's newest nation to send a team to next year's games in Rio de Janeiro.The full International Olympic Committee will vote ... Full Story

Top EU diplomat due in Iran for nuclear deal talks

Tuesday July 28, 2015    5:16 AM

As the European Union's high representative, Mogherini was a lead negotiator for the six powers in the long-running diplomacy that culminated in the July 14 agreement.She flies in from talks in Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, whose leaders told her of their deep misgivings about Tehr ... Full Story