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'Evidence' Moscow firing from Russia on Ukraine troops: US

Washington - The United States has evidence that Russian troops are firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian military positions, a US official alleged Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

Moscow - Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.
In the Media by AFP

Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

Donetsk - Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone.
In the Media by Dario THUBURN with Hui Min NEO in Kiev (AFP)

First MH17 bodies arrive in grieving Netherlands

Eindhoven - The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site.
In the Media by Nicolas Delauney (AFP)

Fighting rages by Russia-Ukraine border as two jets downed

- Rolling hills, sleepy villages and the crackle of gunfire: the area where two Ukrainian fighter jets were downed on Wednesday is a surreal warzone near the flight MH17 crash site.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn (AFP)

France and Britain trade hypocrisy claims over MH17 sanctions

London - Britain and France are trading accusations of hypocrisy over sanctions against Russia in a row that reveals deeper European divisions on how to react to the MH17 disaster, analysts said Wednesday.
In the Media by Danny Kemp (AFP)

British reporter for Russian TV 'captured' by Ukraine: ministry

Moscow - A British journalist reporting for a Russian television channel from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine went missing on Wednesday, with Moscow alleging he and another journalist were captured by Kiev's troops.
In the Media by AFP

Military: Ukraine jets downed near MH17 site by 'missile from Russia'

Kyiv - Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down Wednesday in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil, Ukraine's military said.
In the Media by AFP

No evidence of tampering with MH17 voice recorder: Probe

The Hague - Dutch lead investigators into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 said Wednesday that data from the cockpit voice recorder was intact and had not been tampered with."The cockpit voice recorder was damaged but the memory module was intact.
In the Media by AFP

Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt.
In the Media by AFP

Russia starts reinforcing naval fleet in Crimea

Sevastopol - Russia announced Wednesday that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines, just months after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP

Russia turns Sochi Olympic site, Crimea into casino zones

Moscow - Russia has designated Sochi's Olympic site and the annexed Crimean peninsula as gambling areas on Wednesday, in a bid to boost investment and tourism.
In the Media by AFP

Ground crew recall happy MH17 voyagers boarding doomed flight

The Hague - An airline ground crew member who checked passengers in for doomed flight MH17 has made an emotional post on Facebook, recalling sending off holidaymakers, children and grandparents with wishes for "a pleasant flight".
In the Media by AFP

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

Seoul - The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then US president Ronald Reagan called a mid-air "massacre".
In the Media by Giles Hewitt (AFP)

Britain still exporting arms to Russia

London - Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.
In the Media by AFP

Russia struggles with half million refugees of Ukraine conflict

Moscow - Russia is struggling with a flood of refugees as more than half a million flee the fighting in eastern Ukraine and it seems many are increasingly likely to stay, officials and activists said.
In the Media by Maxime Popov, Olga Rotenberg (AFP)

Plane carrying MH17 bodies leaves Ukraine for Netherlands

Kharkiv - The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
In the Media by AFP

MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake': U.S. intel official

Washington - Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, while dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident.
In the Media by AFP - 4 comments

'Dear British friends': France's Fabius peeved at ship deal criticism

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius let slip his irritation with Britain Tuesday after London slammed its warship deal with Moscow, pointing out that the British capital was full of "Russian oligarchs.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Rebels return 80 fewer bodies than promised from MH17, experts say

Donetsk - International monitors on Tuesday said body parts still lay scattered at eastern Ukraine's unsecured crash site of downed flight MH17, as Dutch experts said they were given 80 fewer corpses than promised by the rebels.
In the Media by AFP

Transfer of French warships to Russia 'inappropriate': U.S.

Washington - The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be "completely inappropriate" given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Evidence mounts of MH17 missile strike, but proof elusive

The Hague - With evidence mounting that a surface-to-air missile brought down flight MH17 in Ukraine, experts warned Tuesday that proof remains a long way off and only satellite images can identify who pushed the button.
In the Media by Nicolas Delauney (AFP)

Army, rebels clash in Donetsk outskirts

Donetsk - Ukrainian forces clashed with separatist pro-Russian rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk on Tuesday, a day after five people were reported killed by shelling in the area.
In the Media by AFP

Britain to hold inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko's death

London - Britain on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to identify those responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea.
In the Media by Robin Millard (AFP)

Ukraine train carrying MH17 bodies arrives in govt-held town

Kharkiv - A train carrying some 280 bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
In the Media by AFP

Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire

Donetsk - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials at a press conference.
In the Media by AFP

UN Council demands MH17 crash site access

New York - With the backing of Russia, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and demanded full access to the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP

Russia under fire as train with MH17 bodies leaves rebel station

Torez - Western powers on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Moscow over the Malaysian plane disaster, as a train loaded with some 280 bodies was finally allowed to leave a rebel-held station four days after the jet crashed in strife-torn east Ukraine.
In the Media by Marion Thibaut with Stephane Orjollet in Donetsk (AFP)

MH17 bodies to be handed over to Netherlands: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - The remains of Flight MH17 victims will be handed over to the Netherlands, while Malaysia will receive the doomed plane's black boxes after Kuala Lumpur struck a breakthrough deal with Ukrainian separatists on Monday.
In the Media by Julia Zappei (AFP)

Ukraine civilians flee deadly fighting on edge of Donetsk

Donetsk - Terrified civilians fled as intense clashes Monday between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels left at least four people dead on the outskirts of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk.
In the Media by Stephane Orjollet (AFP) - 1 comment
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