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Things are not always as they seem. Yes, even when they're on the internet.
On Sunday, another piece of plane debris was found on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Almost immediately, various news outlets speculated as to the debris' connection to the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 — the one that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people aboard. The speculation was not totally out of left field, since a piece of a wing flap was found on the island Wednesday which has been confirmed to be a part of a Boeing 777, the same type of aircraft as the disappeared flight.
But a Malaysian official said Sunday that the object found most recently is not part of a plane door, as suspected, but is rather a generic ladder that has nothing to do the Flight 370. Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said: “I’m the one leading the investigation in France for the analysis of the (wing flap) piece brought back. I read all over media it (the new debris) was part of a door. But I checked with the Civil Aviation Authority, and people on the ground in Reunion, and it was just a domestic ladder.” Go figure.
As for the wing flap found on Wednesday, it has been transported to France where investigators will see whether it is in fact from the disappeared flight. And the mystery continues.
The internet also ate its words over news reports that Jericho, Cecil the lion's brother from another mother, had been killed in Zimbabwe. On Saturday, the conservation group Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said it had been "informed" of the death of Jericho, but apologized on Sunday after park officials countered that the lion was in fact "alive and well." Of course, alive and well is relative when you're a member of one of the world's most vulnerable species.
Walter Palmer, the dentist from Minnesota who paid more than $50,000 to shoot and kill Cecil, has apologized for doing so, saying he was misled by his guides.
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Picture this: Angelina Jolie shaking hands with an ex-general in Myanmar who once led brutal strikes along the country's eastern border. Sound like an odd choice for the globe-trotting actress and humanitarian? Maybe it used to be, but no longer.
The scene of Angie smiling next to Shwe Mann is emblematic of the attitude most Western diplomats take these days. Holding hands with Myanmar's powerful inner circle is worth the rewards, even if that means engaging with men who have bloody pasts.
Angie is hardly the only prominent person glad-handing with Shwe Mann. In March, he scored an invite to the White House. Despite the 68-year-old's dark history, some Western diplomatic circles see him as a leader respected by hardliners yet capable — if given the chance — of speeding up Myanmar’s metamorphosis from tyranny to a freer nation. He’s also considered a front runner for the presidency in an upcoming election.
It's nice to know people in power.
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Meanwhile, as international probes into disappeared Flight 370 continue, a man who cleans the beach on Reunion named Nicolas Ferrier says he may have found several parts of the plane over the last few months but didn't know it at the time. What's more, he likely burned them to ashes as part of his job.
Ferrier patrols the beach looking for trash every day and then burns most of it in a bonfire to get rid of it. He says he found a seat back in May. “It wasn’t until Wednesday that it hit me what it could have been,” Ferrier told The Telegraph. “It was probably part of that plane.”
“I found a couple of suitcases too, around the same time, full of things,” he said. “I burnt them. That’s my job. I collect rubbish, and burn it. I could have found many things that belonged to the plane, and burnt them, without realizing.”
He also saw the wing which washed up on Wednesday. “Like the seat, I didn’t know what it was. I sat on it. I was fishing for macabi (bonefish) and used it as a table. I really didn’t pay it much attention — until I saw it on the news.”