By Praveen Menon and Tim Hepher KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which vanished without a trace in March last year while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history. Search efforts led by Australia have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia, roughly 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from France's Reunion Island.
The dollar pushed higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economy, fuelling talk of a September interest rate hike, while Asian shares were mostly up after a Wall Street rally. With the mood on global markets a little more upbeat than at the start of the week, oil prices edged up although concerns over a supply glut are keeping a lid on rises. Shanghai suffered a late sell-off to end 2.20 percent lower, dropping 83.40 points to 3,705.77, while Hong Kong followed the losses to close down 0.49 percent, or 121.47 points, at 24,497.98.