Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Plane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Aeroplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to a Reuters witness and Agence France Presse, an Air France flight carrying the debris landed at Orly airport near Paris at 0417 GMT.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It will be delivered to a military unit near the southwest city of Toulouse which specialises in analysing aviation wreckage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Experts hope the barnacled 2-2.5 metres (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface known as a flaperon and a fragment of luggage could yield clues as to the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There were 239 passengers and crew on board, and some families of the victims are demanding further compensation from the airline.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told Reuters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday that additional Malaysian officials were headed to Reunion to look for more debris and others would go to France.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;If the flaperon does belongs to MH370 it is actually in accordance with the drift pattern seen in the Southern Indian Ocean. But we do not want to speculate. We will wait for verification from the French authorities,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Discovery of the debris may finally confirm the plane crashed into the sea after veering off course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, helping to end 16 months of lingering uncertainty for relatives.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investigators believe someone deliberately switched off MH370&#39;s transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course. Most of the passengers were Chinese.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The debris will be analysed at a lab staffed by 600 experts that is operated by the defence ministry near Toulouse.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If the serial number on the flaperon confirms that it is from Flight 370 then the laboratory can use sophisticated tools to try to glean more information about the causes of the crash, such as whether its shape corresponds more to a mid-air explosion or a crash into the ocean.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The defence ministry also contributed to the investigation of Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed 228 people in June 2009.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A fragment of luggage that was also found in the area is being flown into France with the aircraft debris and will be sent to a unit outside Paris that specialises in DNA tests.</div> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:34:00 +0000 Reuters 2455110 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/26/94/malaysian_airliner.jpg Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Members of Osama Bin Laden&#39;s family were among the victims in the crash of a private jet in&nbsp;<a href="">Britain</a>, the Saudi embassy in&nbsp;<a href="">London&nbsp;</a>said Saturday in a message of condolences.</p><p>Four people died when the Saudi Arabia-registered plane ploughed into a car auction site and burst into flames in southern&nbsp;<a href="">England&nbsp;</a>on Friday.</p><p>Local police said the pilot and three passengers died when the Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire and that no one was injured on the ground.</p><p>The Saudi ambassador &quot;offered his condolences to the sons of the late Mohammed bin Laden and their relations for the grave incident of the crash of the plane carrying members of the family at Blackbushe airport,&quot; read a statement posted on the embassy&#39;s official Twitter account.</p><p>It did not confirm the identities of those killed.</p><p>The embassy also said it would work with British authorities to investigate the incident and repatriate the bodies for burial in Saudi Arabia.</p><p>Osama Bin Laden&#39;s father Mohammed was a construction industry magnate and his numerous descendants constitute a prominent family with wide-ranging business interests.</p><p>Mohammed Bin Laden himself died in a plane crash in Saudi Arabia in 1967.</p><p>His son Osama, the late supreme leader of the Al-Qaeda militant network, was shot dead by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011.</p><p>Footage of the aftermath of Friday&#39;s crash showed plumes of black smoke rising into the sky and several cars on fire in the outdoor area of British Car Auctions, where vehicles were parked awaiting sale.</p><p>Saudi Arabia&#39;s General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a statement Friday that the plane was registered in the Gulf state, and that it would work with British investigators to determine the cause of the crash.</p><p>The BBC reported that the aircraft had taken off from Milan&#39;s Malpensa airport in Italy.</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:01:00 +0000 AFP 2455092 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/01/499612/privete_plane.jpg Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin behind spy's London murder, UK inquiry told <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Russian President Vladimir Putin is a &quot;tin pot despot&quot; who, with Kremlin &quot;cronies,&quot; was behind the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kremlin critic Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London&#39;s plush Millennium hotel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>British authorities say there is evidence to try Russians Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun with murder, while from his deathbed, Litvinenko accused Putin of ordering his killing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Both Russians deny any involvement and the Russian government has rejected any link to the death, questioning the British motives for making such accusations after Litvinenko&#39;s killing plunged Anglo-Russian relations to a post-Cold War low.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On the closing day of a British public inquiry into the death, Ben Emmerson, the lawyer for Litvinenko&#39;s widow Marina, said scientific evidence which linked Kovtun and Lugovoy to traces of polonium across London proved beyond doubt that they were responsible for the murder.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said tests of the sink in the bathroom of Kovtun&#39;s room at the Millennium Hotel revealed quantities of polonium which could only be achieved by direct contact with the rare isotope.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The same scientific evidence ultimately proves beyond doubt that the murder was commissioned by the Russian state,&quot; Emmerson said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The lawyer said that on the very day back in March when the inquiry was hearing evidence that he argued clearly showed Kovtun&#39;s involvement, Putin was awarding a medal of honor for services to the Motherland to Lugovoy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It was a &quot;menacing gesture of support&quot;, Emmerson said, designed to intimidate the inquiry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It was a crass and clumsy gesture from an increasingly isolated tin pot despot, a morally deranged authoritarian who was at that very moment clinging desperately onto political power in the face of international sanctions and a rising chorus of international condemnation,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;After years of negotiation and appeasement, the world has lost its patience now with Mr Putin&#39;s judo politics and his cringing hard-man photo opportunities.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Emmerson said Kovtun, Lugovoy and the Russian state had attempted to manipulate and undermine the independent inquiry, most recently when Kovtun pulled out of giving evidence by videolink this week.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added: &quot;That approach speaks volumes and proves significant support for the conclusion that Mr Putin and his cronies were not only behind the murder but now stand four-square behind the murderers.&quot;</div> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:48:00 +0000 Reuters 2455081 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/31/501271/litvin.jpg Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a news conference, Muchinguri referred to 55-year-old Walter Palmer as a &quot;foreign poacher&quot; and said she understood the Prosecutor General had started the process to have him extradited from the United States.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be held accountable for his illegal action,&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Palmer has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator, a favourite with foreign tourists and the subject of an Oxford University study, but said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Muchinguri also said Palmer&#39;s use of a bow and arrow to kill the lion, who is said to have been lured out of Hwange National Park with bait before being shot, was in contravention of Zimbabwean hunting regulations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Palmer, a life-long big game hunter, managed to return to the United States before the authorities were aware of the controversy around Cecil&#39;s death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher because he had already absconded to his country of origin,&quot; Muchinguri said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The killing has sparked social media outrage against Palmer in the United States. The White House said on Thursday it would review a public petition of more than 100,000 signatures to have him extradited.</div> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:21:00 +0000 Reuters 2455065 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/29/501010/lion_07-29-15.jpg