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Malaysia confirms plane debris is from flight MH370

Debris found on an Indian Ocean island a week ago is from flight MH370, Malaysia’s prime minister said Wednesday, confirming for the first time that the plane which mysteriously disappeared 17 months ago had crashed.

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters.

French prosecutors used more cautious language, saying only that there was a “very high probability” the wreckage came from MH370.


Suspect dead after shooting at Tennessee cinema

A gunman also wielding an axe opened fire at a Nashville-area theatre showing of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road and was shot dead by police after slightly injuring at least one person on Wednesday, police and fire officials said.

More than a dozen emergency vehicles were on the scene at the Carmike Hickory 8 movie complex in Antioch, where one man suffered minor injuries from the axe and that man and two women were treated for exposure to pepper spray, possibly from the gunman, officials said.

"We believe the imminent threat has been ended," police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters.


ISIS threatens to execute Croatian abducted in Egypt: Video

Egypt’s affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group threatened Wednesday to execute a Croatian kidnapped in Cairo last month within 48 hours if Muslim women jailed in Egypt are not freed.

The man is the first foreigner to be abducted and threatened with death by militants in Egypt since an Islamist insurgency erupted two years ago.

In a video posted online by the militants, the Croatian identifies himself as Tomislav Salopek working for French company CGG, and appears kneeling at the feet of a hooded man holding a knife.


Florida home of dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion vandalised

Vandals spray-painted "lion killer" on a tony Florida vacation home that is owned by an American dentist who killed Zimbabwe's best-known lion, authorities said on Wednesday.

The damage to the home of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, a game hunter who last month killed 13-year-old Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, is being investigated as misdemeanor criminal mischief, said Marco Island police Captain David Baer.

It was reported on Tuesday morning, and authorities in south-west Florida have not determined when it occurred, he said.


Free diving champion feared dead in waters off Ibiza

World free diving champion Natalia Molchanova, was feared dead Wednesday, three days after she went missing during a recreational dive in the Mediterranean near the Spanish island of Ibiza.

Spanish rescuers were still searching for the 53-year-old record-breaking Russian sportswoman and will continue to do so until Sunday, a spokesman for Spain's Guardia Civil police said.

"The search for Natalia has not officially ended but, to our great regret, the probability of success is low," the Russian Free Diving Federation said in a statement.