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Scores of experts get to work at MH17 Ukraine crash site

The Hague - A team of 70 international experts got to work Friday recovering bodies at the crash site of flight MH17 in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the Dutch justice ministry said."Dutch and Australian experts arrived at the crash site on Friday morning....
In the Media by AFP

Tracing a perilous route to MH17 crash site

Debaltsevo - With hazards including blown-up railway bridges and unexploded shells and mines, the route chosen by international investigators to reach the MH17 crash site on Thursday was fraught with risks.
In the Media by Anna Malpas (AFP)

Dutch, Australian experts reach MH17 crash site

Kiev - Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors on Thursday reached the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Snowden a recluse one year on from Russia asylum

Moscou - Fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden marked on Thursday one year of political asylum in Russia, where he continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances.
In the Media by Maxime Popov (AFP)

Russia's role central to UK inquiry into Litvinenko death

London - Russia has a case to answer over the poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive tea in London, a British judge said Thursday, as he opened a public inquiry into the highly sensitive affair.
In the Media by Katherine Haddon (AFP)

British MPs urge NATO to adjust for Russian 'ambiguous warfare'

London - NATO is not prepared to deal with a military threat from Russia and must adjust to be able to respond to an "unconventional attack", British lawmakers warned on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. and Europe hit Russia with toughest sanctions yet

Washington - The United States and Europe targeted Russia's key financial, arms and energy sectors with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow's intervention in the Ukraine crisis.
In the Media by Jérôme Cartillier (AFP)

Aviation officials call for anti-air weapons law

Montreal - Aviation officials called for better dissemination of flight risks and a UN law restricting anti-aircraft weapons use, at an emergency meeting Tuesday on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP

After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

Kiev - When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure.
In the Media by Oleksandr Savochenko (AFP)

New 'perfect' holes appear in Siberia and prompt more research

Antipayuta - Russian researchers are once again rushing to explore a giant hole. Only now there are two holes, leading researchers to question whether their first conclusion was correct.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 6 comments

Dutch police receive 150 MH17 crash images, videos

The Hague - Witnesses have uploaded 150 photos and videos to a Dutch police server set up to help piece together the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine, a spokeswoman said.
In the Media by AFP

Dutch PM asks Ukraine to stop fighting near crash site

The Hague - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site, a government spokesman said.
In the Media by AFP

US, Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet

Washington - The United States and Europe targeted Russia's key financial, arms and energy sectors Tuesday with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow's intervention in the Ukraine crisis.
In the Media by Jérôme Cartillier (AFP)

US urges Russia to get rid of 'prohibited' arms

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy all weapons banned under a series of pacts, warning that Moscow is in "violation of its obligations" under a 1987 treaty.
In the Media by AFP

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Shakht - Ukraine's army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn in Donetsk with Hui Min Neo in Kiev (AFP)

Ukraine wrests control of part of MH17 crash site from rebels

Donetsk - The Ukrainian army has seized control of part of the vast crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the east of the country, pro-Russia rebels said on Monday.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Shakht - Ukraine's army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn in Donetsk with Hui Min Neo in Kiev (AFP)

Dutch, Australian police in fresh bid for MH17 site access

Donetsk - Dutch and Australian police will make a fresh attempt on Monday to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in insurgent-held east Ukraine, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn in Donetsk with Hui Min Neo in Kiev (AFP)

Russia accuses U.S. of hindering OSCE in Ukraine

Kyiv - Russia accused the United States of hindering the OSCE's work in Ukraine, as fighting raged around the crash site of flight MH17 and the Netherlands scrapped plans for an armed international mission to secure the area.
In the Media by Bulent Kilic in Grabove with Dario Thuburn in Donetsk (AFP) - 1 comment

Russia uses holiday to remind world of 'nuclear potential'

Severodvinsk - Amid increased criticism, escalating sanctions and pending lawsuits, Russian President Vladimir Putin used a national holiday to launch two new nuclear submarines and reminded the world that Russia is more than capable of using nuclear weapons.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

Putin faces lawsuit in Malaysian jet downing

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing a lawsuit in the shooting down and murder of 298 Malaysian airlines employees and passengers. The White House says Putin is "culpable."
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Dutch, Australian police scrap MH17 site visit over security: OSCE

Donetsk - Dutch and Australian police who were planning to head to the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 on Sunday have had to scrap their trip over security concerns, a OSCE spokesman said."There is fighting going on. We can't take the risk.
In the Media by AFP

Grieving relatives at MH17 site as Dutch, Australia ready troops

Torez - The first relatives of victims on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived on Saturday at the crash site, as Dutch and Australian forces prepared for possible deployment to secure the location in rebel-held east Ukraine.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn with Oleksandr Savochenko and Hui Min Neo in Kiev (AFP)

Human remains still at MH17 crash site, says Australia PM

Sydney - More than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions

Brussels - Spurred into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia's intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
In the Media by Bryan McManus (AFP)

Ukraine rebels go to the museum -- for WWII tanks and cannons

Donetsk - Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk -- only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers.
In the Media by AFP

Securing MH17 site a 'dangerous tightrope act': Experts

The Hague - Sending Western forces to secure the MH17 crash site in rebel-held Ukraine and protect investigators will be a perilous balancing act involving unpredictable separatists and Russian pride, experts said Friday.
In the Media by Nicolas Delaunay (AFP) - 1 comment

Confusion after Ukraine's PM quits

Kiev - Ukraine's political circus made an unwelcome return to centre stage as bickering lawmakers struggled Friday to avert a crisis of their own making after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned in a huff.
In the Media by Max Delany (AFP)

Russia accuses US of 'smear campaign' over Ukraine

Moscow - Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 troops amid Ukraine deadly fighting

Kiev - Dutch and Australian authorities put their troops on standby for deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine, where fighting between the army and separatists Friday claimed over a dozen more lives.
In the Media by Galina Korba with Dario Thuburn in Grabove (AFP)
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