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Actor Harrison Ford does not recall what happened before crashing his vintage plane (above) onto a golf course in March, says a report.
Actor Harrison Ford does not recall what happened before crashing his vintage plane (above) onto a golf course in March, says a report.REUTERS

France to step up air, sea search for MH370 wreckage

France said Thursday it would launch new searches by air, land and sea from Reunion in the hopes of finding more wreckage from MH370, after Malaysia said a wing part washed up on the Indian Ocean island came from the ill-fated flight.

A Casa military aircraft will begin surveying the area from Friday morning, the French government said in a statement.

The search will also be stepped up with foot patrols, helicopters and maritime units, it added.


Remains of two Japanese climbers found in Alps after half a century

The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said Thursday.

Human skeletal remains were discovered at the foot of the Matterhorn glacier, at an altitude of 2,800m, last September, and DNA tests have recently shown them to belong to two climbers who vanished 45 years ago, the Valais regional police said in a statement.

The two climbers, identified by the Japanese consulate in Geneva as 22-year-old Michio Oikawa and 21-year-old Masayuki Kobayashi, were reported missing on Aug 18, 1970, it said.


Swimming: 10-year-old set to race at world championships

The world swimming championships' youngest competitor is set to make a controversial splash in the Kazan pool on Friday when 10-year-old Alzain Tareq races in the women's 50m freestyle heats.

The schoolgirl from Bahrain says she will not "fear anything or anybody" when she takes part in the freestyle sprint or Saturday's 50m butterfly heats.

Age is no restriction for the swimming section of the world aquatic championships where racers qualify from their country's national trials.


Actor Harrison Ford doesn't remember small plane crash: Report

Actor Harrison Ford does not recall the moments before crashing his vintage plane onto a Los Angeles-area golf course in March, badly damaging the aircraft and suffering serious injuries, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released on Thursday.

The 72-year-old star of such blockbuster films as Star Wars and Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the sole occupant of the 1942 single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST-3KR when it went down on a golf course near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.


Jennifer Aniston weds Justin Theroux in LA: Reports

Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston has married her longtime boyfriend Justin Theroux at their Los Angeles-area home in a secret ceremony that took the media and many of the couple’s guests by surprise, celebrity media reported on Thursday.

People magazine and Us Weekly, citing unidentified sources, said the couple, who have been dating for four years, exchanged vows in front of some 70 family members and friends at their Bel-Air home on Wednesday.

Representatives of the couple did not return requests for comment.