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MH370: Debris find 'consistent with ocean drift models'

Debris found on a beach in Mozambique is consistent with where ocean drift models predicted parts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may end up, according to Australia's transport chief.

The piece has been identified as being from the same type of plane Credit: Australian Transport Safety Bureau/Reuters

Flight MH370 disappeared between Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014, with 239 people on board.

In a statement, Minister for Transport Darren Chester said: "The location of the debris is consistent with drift modeling commissioned by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and reaffirms the search area for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean."

It comes after the metre-long piece of metal was confirmed by US officials as having come from the same type of plane as MH370.

The piece will now be sent to Australia for examination by Australian and Malaysian officials.

61 bodies found after migrant boat sinks off Malaysia

Dozens of bodies have been pulled from the water after an overloaded wooden boat carrying illegal immigrants from Indonesia sank off the coast of Malaysia.

The boat was carrying illegal immigrants from Indonesia Credit: Google Maps

Maritime search and rescue director Robert Teh said 61 bodies had been recovered so far, with the victims mostly men. There was also one toddler on board, he added.

Only 20 people are believed to have survived the disaster on Thursday.

The search operation will continue today, but if no more bodies are found, Mr Teh said it may be called off.

The boat is believed to have capsized due to overloading and bad weather. The immigrants on board were thought to have been making the journey home for the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Ex-leader calls for 'people power' to topple Malaysia PM

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has joined anti-government protesters for a second day and called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

Mr Moham waves as he attends a rally organised by pro-democracy protesters. Credit: Reuters

Speaking to journalists ahead of the protests in central Kuala Lumpu, he said: "The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister."

"And to remove him, the people must show people's power. The people as a whole do not want this kind of corrupt leader", he added.

Thousands of people have been protesting in Kuala Lumpur Credit: Reuters

Topless British backpacker publicly apologises

A British backpacker who stripped off on a sacred Malaysian mountain has publicly apologised for what she called her "foolish behaviour" after arriving back in the UK. Eleanor Hawkins was deported from Malaysia yesterday after admitting public indecency.

ITV News reporter Olivia Paterson explains:

Topless backpacker: 'I know I was foolish - I'm sorry'

Eleanor Hawkins, the British backpacker who was jailed for stripping on a sacred Malaysian mountain, has said in a statement on her return to the UK: "I just want to say how relieved and happy I am to finally be home. I know my behaviour was foolish and I know how much offence we all caused to the local people of Sabah. For that, I am truly sorry."

Backpacker and university graduate Eleanor Hawkins, 23, appeared tearful as she read a statement outside her family home in Draycott, Derbyshire.

Her mother Ruth said: "She knows what she did was wrong and disrespectful and she is deeply sorry for any offence caused to the people of Sabah and she has been appropriately and fairly judged by the Malaysian authorities and has served her sentence in full, the case is now closed."

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