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MH17 bodies reach Ukraine-held city

MH17 bodies reach Ukraine-held city

The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia. The crash site...

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine. Kerry called on Russia to take responsibility for the actions of the rebels, saying their handling of the dead had been "grotesque". All 298 people on flight MH17 died when it...

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands yesterday to collect material that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. Families and friends of the dead huddled to console one another at churches, schools and sports clubs across the nation. Altius, a small...

Malaysian Jet Crash

Indian flight away off 90 seconds when missile struck MH17

The ministry of civil aviation's claim that there was no Air India flight near the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 when it was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday appears misleading. An Air India Dreamliner flight going from Delhi to Birmingham was in fact less than 25km away from the Malaysian aircraft, a distance covered by a Dreamliner or Boeing 777 in about 90 seconds, when the latter was hit. Because of this closeness, the Dnipropetrovsk (local Ukrainian) air traffic...

Rebels to give MH17 black boxes to aviation group

Rebels to give MH17 black boxes to aviation group

Rebels have recovered the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday. Alexander Borodai also said the bodies recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine would remain in refrigerated train cars at a station in the rebel-held...

Tragedy struck them twice

An Australian family has been struck by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies, losing two members of their extended family in the MH17 crash four months after another couple went missing on MH370. Maree and Albert Rizk, who were returning to Melbourne after a month-long holiday in Europe, died Thursday when MH17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Australian media reported. Maree's father is married to a member of a Queensland family which lost husband and wife Rodney and Mary Burrows on MH370 when...

Ukraine rebels 'destroy MH17 clues'

Ukraine rebels 'destroy MH17 clues'

Ukraine has accused pro-Russian rebels of trying to destroy evidence of "international crimes" at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane. The government said the rebels led by Russia were preventing international representatives and its own experts from starting their investigation. It is believed flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a surface-to-air missile...

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine and demanded Russia's full cooperation. Abbott repeated his assertion that all evidence suggests that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists, using...

Malaysia Airlines offers passenger refunds

Malaysia Airlines offers passenger refunds

Two days into the crash of MH17, Malaysia Airlines today announced that it will be waiving any change fees for passengers who wish to make changes to their itinerary to any MH destinations. Passengers who wish to postpone or cancel their travel plans can obtain a refund, including for non refundable tickets, according to...

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

Poland's foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed "bandits." But throughout most of central and eastern Europe, leaders withheld judgment, expressing shock but refusing to say more until more facts are in. The caution is not surprising: Several former Soviet...

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