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PETALING JAYA: Australia says the location of a piece of wreckage found on La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, is consistent with modelling that the flight of Malaysia Airlines MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

"In the event that the wreckage is identified as being from MH 370 on La Reunion Island, it would be consistent with other analysis and modelling that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean," said Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in a statement Thursday.

"The debris is being examined by experts to determine its origin. Malaysia is responsible for the investigation and is managing this examination with the assistance of Boeing, the BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile), the National Transportation Safety Bureau (US) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau," it said.

The JACC also said any new evidence found would be used to further inform and refine ongoing search efforts.

-The Star Online

UNITED NATIONS: Malaysia has sent a team to Reunion Island off the east coast of Africa to determine whether washed-up debris may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean last year.

"I have sent a team to verify the wreckage ... we hope that it can identify (the wreckage) as soon as possible," said Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai Wednesday during a visit to the United Nations in New York.

Eric Chesneau, an officer in the air transport

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite his removal as deputy prime minister on Tuesday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sees no threat to his position as Umno deputy president.

He said he did not expect anything "unusual" to happen during the party’s supreme council meeting scheduled for Friday.

Traditionally, the deputy prime minister’s post has been held by Umno’s deputy president.

"I have been here for a long time and I have always fulfilled my duties in the party.

"No, I don't think my position is under

PUTRAJAYA: The despatch clerk who was hauled up by the task force investigating the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has been released on bail.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Ab Rahman allowed the 27-year-old to be released on RM50,000 bail with two guarantors.

The despatch worker had appealed for a lower bail, claiming that he had three children below the age of four and a jobless wife.

He said he will also be jobless as a result of the arrest.

However, Magistrate Nik Isfahanie maintained

PETALING JAYA: The public has been asked not to speculate on the origins of a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast Africa.

"With regards to the reports of the discovery of an aircraft flaperon at Reunion Island, Malaysia Airlines is working with the relevant authorities to confirm the matter," said the airline in a brief press statement Thursday.

"At the moment, it would be too premature for the airline to speculate the origin of the flaperon," it said.

-The Star

KUALA LUMPUR - A Universiti Utara Malaysia academic has expressed his hope that the new Cabinet line-up announced by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday would be able to carry the hopes and values aspired by the people, as well as be sensitive to current issues.

Md Shukri Shuib, a senior lecturer in political science and international studies, said the new Cabinet should have the capacity to help the prime minister to manage the country effectively, especially during these times of global

KUALA LUMPUR: Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin led the line-up of new ministers and deputy ministers in taking their oath of office and secrecy before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, here Wednesday.

The swearing-in took place at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil (Small Throne Room) at the Istana Negara, beginning at 10am.

After Hamzah, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Education

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