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· Officials study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

A relative of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 uses her phone at a remembrance event for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the one year anniversary of its disappearance, in Kuala LumpurBy Tim Hepher and Swati Pandey PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) - French authorities are studying a large piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777, the type of aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines on the ill-fated flight, but that it had not yet been established if it was a piece of the missing plane. France's BEA air crash investigation agency said it was examining the debris, found washed up on the French island east of Madagascar on Wednesday, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities, but that it was too early to draw conclusions.

· Russia vetoes bid to set up tribunal for downed flight MH17

Local workers transport a piece of wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the plane crash near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk regionBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Wednesday that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine. Eleven countries on the 15-member council voted in favor of the proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine, while three countries abstained: China, Angola and Venezuela.

· U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute
By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South China Sea. Amy Searight, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, said Washington welcomed EU calls for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the sea and respect for international law. "It would be helpful if the EU would be a little more clear in terms of backing up these principles," she told a discussion on U.S. and EU policies toward East Asia at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies.
· Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

An activist holds banner during event of delivering more than 400,000 petition signatures to Capitol HillBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities." Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing he had advised the White House to keep sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and arms trafficking for "as long as possible." The deal between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France would lift the ban on ballistic missile technology for eight years and retain an arms embargo for five. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Dempsey how he squared his backing for the deal with his statement to the panel earlier this month that "under no circumstances" should pressure be eased on Iran over ballistic missiles and arms trafficking.

· India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack
By Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution. Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind the serial blasts in India's financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. The execution drew wide public support but has stirred controversy about whether the punishment adequately reflected the help Memon gave authorities in solving the crime.
· Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province
Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own. News of the fighting came a day after the government said elusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died in Pakistan more than two years ago. Officials in Helmand said the Taliban has Now Zad district on Wednesday after two days of fighting.
· Steyn milestone as Bangladesh 75-1 in 2nd test vs. SAfrica
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Fast bowler Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to take 400 test wickets as he made the sole breakthrough in Thursday's opening session of the second test against Bangladesh, as the hosts made a steady start to reach 75-1.
· Bangladesh 75-1 at lunch, day 1 vs. South Africa
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Thursday at lunch on the first day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium:
· Pakistan to tour Zimbabwe for limited-overs series
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe in late September for two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals.
· Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component that was found on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said.
· Shipping company Matson to pay Hawaii $15 million over molasses spill
A U.S. shipping company has agreed to pay Hawaii more than $15 million to reimburse the state for the cost of cleanup and restoration following a massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor two years ago, officials said on Wednesday. About 1,400 tons of brown, sticky liquid leaked into the harbor in September, 2013, from a faulty molasses-loading pipeline used to load it onto ships operated by Matson Navigation Company, an international ocean transport company. It also spurred fears predators, like sharks could be drawn to the sweet liquid floating in the harbor, a short distance from Honolulu's busy hotel and tourist area.
· US Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs chairman

The US Senate confirmed Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US military's top officer, after President Barack Obama chose him for the post in MayThe US Senate confirmed Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US military's top officer, after President Barack Obama chose him for the post in May. Dunford, 59, currently the commandant of the US Marine Corps, will replace General Martin Dempsey, who is set to retire after he finishes his second term as chairman in October. The Senate confirmed Dunford by unanimous consent.

· Jailed Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnesty: officials
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar released 6,996 prisoners in an amnesty on Thursday that included 155 Chinese citizens jailed last week for illegal logging, government and prison sources said. The release of the Chinese could help to placate Myanmar's influential neighbor China, which lodged a diplomatic protest and expressed "extreme" concern about the verdict against its citizens, 153 of whom were given life sentences. They were among 210 foreigners included in the amnesty, prison and Home Ministry officials told Reuters, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media. ...
· Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks

Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have issued a statement saying that they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks that had been expected to take place in Pakistan on Friday.

· Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.
· Asian stocks mixed after Fed leaves rates unchanged

Trader James Denaro, center, works with specialist Michael O'Connor, right, at the post that handles Yelp, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Yelp plunged 28 percent after sinking to a loss and cutting its outlook. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks held steady Thursday following this week's turbulence while other Asian markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.

· Kaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham

MLS All-Star forward David Villa, center, celebrates scoring a goal with teammates Graham Zusi, left, and Omar Gonzalez, right, against Tottenham Hotspur during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Commerce City, Colo. The game is the 20th annual mid-season classic for the league. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — The news kids in the league can play a little bit.

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

A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednesday.

· Madeleine McCann ruled out as girl found dead in Australia
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The decomposed remains of a young girl found in a suitcase dumped in Australia do not belong to missing British girl Madeleine McCann, police say.
· Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 15 people
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides in a mountain area of Nepal buried two villages Thursday, killing at least 15 people with several more believed to be buried, authorities said.

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