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A French vessel carrying specialist probes designed to detect black box pinger signals has arrived to the search area where an EgyptAir jet is believed to have crashed last week, sources on the investigation committee said on Friday. ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, is providing equipment that includes three of its DETECTOR-6000 systems, designed to pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5 km (3 miles), according to the company's website. The French company will conduct a deepwater search in "four or five" areas within the 5 kilometer search zone believed to contain the two black boxes, with the possibility of expanding the search zone should no signal be detected, the source said.
By Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday, laying a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic bombing in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and invigorate efforts to end nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's tour of Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," Obama said after laying a wreathe at a peace memorial.