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Dutch say need to know MH17 missile launch site to prosecute

Dutch prosecutors said yesterday they need to know where a missile that may have shot down flight MH17 was fired from in eastern Ukraine before criminal charges could be laid. "When we know from where it was fired, then we can find out who controlled that area," and possibly prosecute, Dutch chief investigator Fred Westerbeke told journalists in Rotterdam. "The most likely scenario was that the plane was shot down from the ground," he said. Dutch authorities have taken the lead in...

Eid truce ignored

Eid truce ignored

A 24-hour ceasefire proposed by Hamas in Gaza to mark the Muslim holiday Eid appears to have broken down after Israel said the militants could not be trusted. In a weekend where both sides offered each other truces only to see them rejected, yesterday evening saw a return to the rocket fire and missile...

Without radar, missile may not have identified MH17

Without radar, missile may not have identified MH17

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. UN Ambassador Samantha Power said the Russians might have provided technical help to the rebels to operate the systems. But to function correctly, an SA-11 launcher, also known as a Buk, is supposed to be connected to a central radar command — as opposed to acting alone — to be...

NKorea again test-fires projectiles: Seoul

NKorea again test-fires projectiles: Seoul

North Korea launched two projectiles presumed to be ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said. The latest in a series of test-firings is seen as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over ongoing US-South Korean military drills. The projectiles were fired from the North...

NKorea fires 'short-range missiles'

NKorea fires 'short-range missiles'

North Korea has fired two suspected short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea says, in the fourth such test in two weeks. The projectiles were launched from a western province into waters east of the Korean peninsula in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said. The move follows a recent visit by the Chinese president...

NKorea fires more short-range missiles: Seoul

NKorea fires more short-range missiles: Seoul

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. The Defence Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules, said the missiles were fired from Wonsan...

Japan to strike N Korea missile

Japan to strike N Korea missile

Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday, but did...

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