Plane debris found on the French island of Réunion is being flown to France for identification.
A two-metre section of what appears to be an airplane wing is thought to belong to a Boeing 777; the same model as missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Badly damaged luggage has reportedly been found near the site of the wreckage, less than a day after the initial discovery. The found flaperon (a moveable part of the wing that helps control lift and drag) will be examined in Toulouse by a team of Malaysian investigators and French air accident authorities.
New Taliban leader elected
The Taliban has elected its second leader after the death of founder Mullah Omar. Mullah Akhtar Mansoor will assume control of the group following a vote reportedly held in the Pakistan city of Quetta. Mansoor had served as the governor of Kandahar province, as well as the Taliban’s aviation minister, before the American invasion of Afghanistan. The Taliban has not yet officially confirmed Mansoor’s election, but a commander present at the meeting informed Reuters of the appointment.
Six stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade
Six revellers have been stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man at an annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem. Police and witnesses allege Yishai Schlissel, who had previously stabbed several people at another pride parade in 2005, wounded six young marchers on Thursday. Schlissel was arrested at the scene and two seriously wounded victims are being treated in Shaarei Zedek hospital. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attack, saying intolerance would “lead [Israel] to disaster”.
Leader of US-backed Syrian group abducted
The leader of a US-backed Syrian rebel group has been abducted by terrorist group the Nusra Front, a monitoring group has claimed. Nadim al-Hassan was reportedly captured near Aleppo by the al-Qaeda affilitate group, but the US have denied this is true. “I can confirm there have been no New Syrian Force personnel captured of detained,” a spokesperson for the Pentagon said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights maintained al-Hassan and his companions were taken shortly after attending a meeting on Tuesday night. Division 30, al-Hassan’s group, are part of a US training programme in Turkey, which aims at preparing Syrian rebels to fight IS militants.
Historic sentence for femicide in Mexico
Five men in northern Mexico this week were each sentenced to 697 years in prison for the gender-driven murder of 11 women. The sentence is the longest to be ever given for a femicide. The men were found to have lured women into sex work and drug distribution before later killing them and throwing their bodies into a valley. The men will also pay nine million pesos ($759,127 AUD) in damages to the families of the victims.
Lawyers argue life or death for cinema shooter
The defence lawyers for a Colorado man convicted of killing 12 people during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises argued mental illness was reason enough to spare him the death penalty. Tamara Brady, the attorney for James Holmes, said her client’s schizophrenia was to blame. “Had he not been inflicted with the disease that attacked his brain, he never would have dyed his hair orange, he never would have purchased all of those guns and all of that ammunition, and this heartbreaking tragedy would never have occurred,” she argued. Prosecutor George Brauchler disagreed. “Not having the same brain that we have does not protect you from the ramifications of those decisions,” he said. “He made a decision to massacre and he did. Twelve dead from the community. Can anything outweigh that? No.” – Compiled from internet and wire sources by Naomi Winner, Jake Nelson and Clara Stacey
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