MH370: Chinese families react with caution to find

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.

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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.

'We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground.'

Landslide in Nepal kills dozens

A family member cries after a dead body is recovered from the landslide at Lumle village in Kaski district.

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.

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  one of its most senior retired military leaders from its ranks for alleged corruption, as President Xi Jinping deepens a campaign to clean up and modernise China's armed forces.

Cecil the lion's killer goes on the run

Walter Palmer

US wildlife authorities announced an investigation Thursday into the killing of Cecil and revealed that they have been unable to contact Dr Walter Palmer.

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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 6:45 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.

Suitcase reportedly found on island close to where plane debris recovered

The found suitcase.

Kate Aubusson 6:30 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.

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.

MH370: what the latest discovery could tell us about the search for the missing airliner

Last checks are done on the Dragon Prince deep tow fish prior to deploying it behind Fugro Discovery.

Angus Holland 12:13 AM   Questions surround the discovery of a piece of aircraft on Reunion Island, now widely believed to have come from the missing Malaysian airliner MH370. Here's what we know so far:

Bishop to meet Indonesia's foreign minister next week

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is expected to meet with her Indonesian counterpart in Kuala Lumpur next week.

Tom Allard 10:32 PM   After tensions over the Bali nine executions and boat turnbacks, the Australian and Indonesian foreign ministers will meet next week for the first time since Australia's ambassador was recalled from Jakarta

US officer who killed man during routine traffic stop charged with murder

Former University of Cincinnati police office Ray Tensing is seen in an undated booking photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio.  Tensing has been charged with murder in connection with the July 19 shooting death of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday.    REUTERS/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Handout  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Wesley Lowery 8:05 PM   A University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

'Quiet kid' Adrian Gonzalez allegedly raped and murdered Madyson Middleton, 8

Adrian Gonzalez's Instagram account.

Robert Salonga, Stephen Baxter and Eric Kurhi 7:02 PM   When they first got word he was a murder suspect, those who watched 15-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez grow up before their eyes at the Tannery Arts Centre held out hope. It must have been a mistake, or at worst an accident, they thought.

Jailed Chinese loggers freed in Myanmar amnesty

Men working with logs on the banks of the Irrawaddy River between Bhamo and Shwegu in Kachin state, Myanmar.

Aung Hla Tun 6:42 PM   Myanmar freed 155 Chinese jailed for illegal logging in an amnesty for thousands of prisoners on Thursday.

MH370: Malaysia 'almost certain' debris found on Reunion Island is from Boeing 777

MH370

Praveen Menon and Tim Hepher 6:35 PM   Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

Al-Jazeera verdict may cripple Peter Greste's career and jail his colleagues

Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, centre, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, in court in Cairo, in March last year.

Ruth Pollard 6:00 PM   With his career as a foreign correspondent on the line and his two colleagues facing the prospect of further jail time, Australian journalist Peter Greste is facing an anxious wait as a Cairo court prepares to deliver its verdict in their retrial on terrorism charges.

Five elephants were slain while the world mourns Cecil the lion

Elephants play at the Maasai Mara game reserve, about 300 km south-west of Nairobi.

Kevin Sieff 4:07 PM   While the world mourned Cecil, the Zimbabwe lion, another devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya.

Peter Greste verdict

Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra in March.

Ruth Pollard 3:54 PM   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.

MH370: Which conspiracy theories can be ruled in and out?

Possible MH370 debris has washed up on the shore of Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.

3:50 PM   Aviation experts say it is likely that a large object that washed up on the shore of Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean, overnight is wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that vanished more than a year ago.

Debris on Reunion Island likely from MH370, US officials say

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

3:27 PM   Debris that appears to be from a large plane has reportedly been found off the east coast of Africa, raising the possibility it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

As court orders demolitions, Israeli PM approves more settlements

Israeli paramilitary police confront settlers protesting the demolition of buildings in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Isabel Kershner 3:19 PM   Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu moves to placate pro-settler parties in his coalition, which has a razor-thin majority.

Wreckage possible clue to MH370's final moments

Malaysia Airlines

Matt O'Sullivan 2:56 PM   Air-safety investigators say that wreckage, if confirmed to be from MH370, will help piece together the final moments of the jetliner's crash.