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France confirms wing part found on Reunion is from Flight MH370

French gendarmes and police stand near a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

French prosecutors confirmed that a wing part found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a month after tests on the flaperon began.

“It is possible today to say with certainty that the flaperon discovered on Reunion island on July 29 came from flight MH370,” Paris prosecutors said in a statement, confirming claims made by Malaysia’s prime minister last month.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 last year, inexplicably veering off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.


Samsung to make new smartwatch available to competitors

A Samsung Gear S, a new mobile watch device is seen during an event on Sept 3, 2015, in Berlin ahead of the consumer electronics trade fair "Internationale Funk Ausstellung". PHOTO: AFP

Samsung Electronics said that it would make its next smartwatch technology available to its competitors who also use Google Inc's mobile platform Android, hoping to increase its share of the market, which is now dominated by Apple Inc.

The watch will be available as of October, it said at an event in Berlin tied to the IFA, Europe's largest consumer electronics trade show.

Making the new smartwatches compatible with smartphones made by competitors could help sales for Samsung, which saw its market share shrink sharply following the launch of arch rival Apple's Apple Watch.


Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home

Mr Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, on Sept 3, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The distraught father of two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother and several other migrants as they tried to reach Greece identified their bodies and prepared to take them back to their home town of Kobane.  

Mr Abdullah Kurdi collapsed in tears after emerging from a morgue in the city of Mugla near Bodrum, where the body of his three-year old son Aylan washed up on Wednesday.  

A photograph of the boy’s tiny body in a bright red t-shirt and shorts, face-down in the surf, appeared in newspapers around the world, prompting sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping refugees. 


Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales

US-Canadian actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson visits the Russia’s first ever Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 3, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Actress Pamela Anderson urged Russia to join her fight to save whales and seals as she auctioned off a red float used in filming the hit 1990s show Baywatch.

The 48-year-old Canadian-born actress flew to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to attend an international economic forum at the invitation of environment minister Sergei Donskoi.

Anderson attended a charity auction to raise money to protect endangered species and sold off a bright red float used in Baywatch filming for 3 million rubles (S$63,000) to a businessman, Interfax news agency reported.


Euro tumbles on ECB's weaker inflation, growth outlook

Mr Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, speaks during a news conference to announce the bank's interest rate decision at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sept 3, 2015. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The euro tumbled against the dollar after the European Central Bank (ECB) revised down its growth and inflation estimates and said it could expand its stimulus to battle deflation.

The single currency fell to $1.1127 per euro, from $1.1225 on Wednesday. The Japanese yen also picked up, to 133.53 per euro and 120.01 per dollar.

Saying it was still too early to determine the extent and impact of the economic fallout from China's slowdown and lower oil prices, the ECB held its benchmark "refi" rate at the current all-time low of 0.05 per cent.