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Debris find may not solve MH370 mystery

The debris washed up on Reunion Island, possibly from MH370. Photo: Reuters via Fairfax

Location of plane wreckage gives only a vague idea of where it came from.

Officer who shot black driver denies murder

Photos of Samuel DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial, Wednesday July 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police office. Murder and manslaughter charges were announced against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of DuBose. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

A white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a black motorist after stopping him over a missing number plate has pleaded not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Chilean man survives 17-storey balcony fall

Sebastian Reyes gives an interview a few days after his feat.

1:03 PM   Sebastian Reyes is lucky to be alive. The 23-year-old fell 17 stories - around 40 meters - after losing his balance on an apartment balcony and toppling over the rail.

Reform push claims senior military figure 

Then Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong attends a meeting with at the Diaoyutai State Guest House, in Beijing, in 2005.

Philip Wen 6:58 AM   The Communist Party has expelled Guo Boxiong, one of its most senior retired military leaders.

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Britain refuses Ai Weiwei longer visa

Ai Weiwei in Munich Airport on Thursday.

Steven Erlanger 12:30 PM   The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been denied a normal six-month business visa by the British government, which said he had lied on his application by neglecting to declare that he had been convicted of a crime.

Taliban pulls out of peace talks

Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster issued by the FBI.

Ali Latifi 12:27 PM   The Taliban has confirmed the death of their long-missing leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and said they were pulling out of peace talks with the Afghan government.

Lawyer's effort to free lab chimps dealt setback by judge's ruling

To appeal: Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

Susannah Bryan 12:00 PM   A US lawyer's landmark legal battle to free two lab chimpanzees being used in research at a New York university has been dealt a blow.

Peter Greste verdict

Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra in March.

Ruth Pollard 11:53 AM   Ruth Pollard is in Cairo for the retrial of Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues on terrorism charges. Follow her live tweets here.

International action follows the killing of Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Katie Rogers 11:47 AM   Citing what it called alarming trends in illicit hunting and poaching of animals, and following hard on the heels of the killing of Cecil the lion by a US dentist, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that supporters say would be the start of a global effort to tackle illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife.

South China Sea: Beijing blames US military for tensions in region

A US Navy E-2 Hawkeye prepares to land on the runway of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington, during a tour of the ship in the South China Sea.

Javier C Hernandez 11:23 AM   A top Chinese official said on Thursday that US military drills and surveillance flights in the South China Sea were threatening regional stability, a harsh assessment that seemed likely to heighten tensions between the two countries before several crucial meetings.

Cecil the lion's killer Dr Walter Palmer has gone on the run

Dr Walter Palmer has gone silent in the wake of the global outcry over the hunt.

Paul Walsh 10:42 AM   US wildlife authorities announced an investigation Thursday into the killing of Cecil, a prized lion in Zimbabwe, and also revealed that they have been unable to contact Dr Walter Palmer, the Minnesota big-game hunter and dentist who participated in the fatal hunt.

Indian Ocean wreckage almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

Joe Brock 10:33 AM   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 MH370.

MH370: La Reunion beachcomber Johnny Begue makes the find of his life

Johnny Begue, 46, who found the piece of aircraft debris.

Catherine Armitage 10:06 AM   He was looking for a stone to crush chillies with. Instead he found a piece of a plane, and world fame.

Hunter wanted to kill an elephant after shooting Cecil the lion

Zimbabwean safari operator Honest Ndlovu, right, and fellow countryman and hunter Theo Bronkhorst waiting to appear in Hwange magistrates court.

Peta Thornycroft, Harriet Alexander 8:58 AM   The man who shot Cecil the lion wanted to bag a giant elephant after killing the protected big cat - but was unable to find one large enough for his liking, his guide has disclosed.

Suitcase reportedly found on island close to where plane debris recovered

The found suitcase.

Kate Aubusson 8:43 AM   Remnants of a badly damaged suitcase have reportedly been found close to where plane debris, suspected to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, has been recovered on Reunion Island.

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills dozens

A family member cries after a dead body is recovered from the landslide at Lumle village in Kaski district, close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit.

Gopal Sharma 7:51 AM   Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit.

Drought-hit forests store less carbon dioxide than thought, study finds

Droughts take their toll on forests.

7:42 AM   ‚ÄčThe world's forests are taking longer than expected to recover from increasingly frequent droughts, meaning their ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide is smaller than previously thought, Utah University researchers said on Thursday.

US teen Tiona Rodriguez 'went shopping after killing son'

Tiona Rodriguez

Jennifer Peltz 7:31 AM   A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag then going on a trip to a Victoria's Secret store the next day, prosecutors have said as she was charged with murder.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabs six at Gay Pride march in Jerusalem

Security forces reach for a knife-wielding ultra-Orthodox Jewish man at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem.

Allyn Fisher-Ilan 6:47 AM   'We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground.'

After bumpy landing, Philae spacecraft provides insight on comet

Flight engineers work in the main control room of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, in this file picture taken on January 20, 2014.

Irene Klotz 6:00 AM   Europe's Philae spacecraft did not have much time to do its work after surviving a bounce landing on the surface of a comet, but information it collected is reshaping scientists' thinking about these icy bodies, research published on Thursday shows.

MH370 Reunion Island debris: Chinese families react with caution and disbelief

US investigators have concluded that a large object that washed up Wednesday on the shore of Reunion came from a Boeing 777, making it likely that it was debris from MH370.

Philip Wen 5:24 AM   Families of the Chinese passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have reacted with caution and disbelief over the news that wreckage from the plane may have been found.

If Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, who will lead the Taliban now?

Mullah Omar - seen here in an "age-progressed" image supplied by the FBI - has been dead for more than two years, according to the Afghan government.

Casey Garret Johnson 12:38 AM   Even before word of Mullah Mohammad Omar's death, questions about who actually controls the Taliban existed.

India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack

Yakub Memon, right, is taken back to jail in a police vehicle in Mumbai in 1993.

Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra 12:35 AM   India has hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings 22 years ago.

Al-Jazeera retrial: Peter Greste 'incredibly frustrated' as verdict is delayed

Australian broadcast journalist, Peter Greste, recently freed from prison in Egypt, in London on Thursday.

Ruth Pollard 12:33 AM   There was no announcement from the court. No judge's associate fronted the assembled defendants, lawyers and embassy representatives to inform them the verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, had been delayed.

Cold War echoes as Hungary builds fence to keep out migrants

Children of Syrian migrants shelter from the rain near Asotthalom, Hungary.

Matt Robinson 12:31 AM   Hungary's plan to seal its border with Serbia threatens disaster, creating a new migrant bottleneck in a country woefully ill-equipped to cope.