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No evidence of tampering with MH17 voice recorder: probe
2014.07.24 04:31:38

Dutch lead investigators into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 have said 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. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the cockpit voice recorder was found," the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said on Wednesday as the black boxes were being analyzed in Britain.

The recorders, salvaged from the plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine, have been handed to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London.

"The cockpit voice recorder data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight. The downloaded data have to be further analyzed and investigated," the OVV said. [AFP]



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Afghans rally to denounce assault on Gaza
2014.07.24 04:30:34

Several hundred Afghan protesters rallied Wednesday in the heart of Kabul to denounce the fighting in Gaza Strip and the killings of Palestinian civilians caught up in the conflict.

Chanting anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans, the protesters marched through the center of the Afghan capital, carrying banners and photographs of Palestinian children killed during Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. [AP]



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Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
2014.07.24 04:29:46

Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived on Wednesday in the Netherlands, the country that bore the heaviest toll in the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew. [AP]



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According to the United Nations
2014.07.24 04:28:16

More children than fighters have been killed in Gaza

The Telegraph has drawn up an infographic demonstrating the number of children killed in Gaza.

Check it out:



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Two Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down
2014.07.24 04:26:24

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 pm local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each. [AP]



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Palestinian foreign minister at the UN Human Rights
2014.07.24 03:38:52

"How many martyr must die before Israel puts an end to its aggression?", the Palestinian foreign minister says at the UN Human Rights Council.

Israel is perpetrating heinous crimes, battering residential areas and targeting journalists.



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Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels pull back from Donetsk outskirts
2014.07.24 03:37:26

Pro-Russian separatists are leaving their positions on the outskirts of Donetsk and retreating towards the center of the eastern Ukrainian city, Ukrainian military officials said on Wednesday.

Residents said the rebels, who rose up in April demanding independence from Kiev in the mainly Russian-speaking east, had dug trenches in downtown Donetsk outside the main university, where they have been living in student dormitories.

Ukrainian government forces have pushed the armed rebels back to their two main strongholds, in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, taking back control of villages and suburbs around them. [Reuters]



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Israeli representative at the UN Human Rights
2014.07.24 03:36:05

Israeli representative at the UN Human Rights Council says the Council's holding of the special session is misguided, ill-conceived and counterproductive to the ceasefire efforts.

"The people of Gaza are not our enemies", Israeli representative says at the UN Human Rights Council. He said that Israel is fully committed to international law and its military "makes great efforts" to minimize civilian casualties.

Hamas is committing war crimes, using civilians as human shields.



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Ukraine to impose sanctions on Russian individuals, firms - PM
2014.07.24 03:32:20

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday Kiev would impose sanctions on Russian individuals and companies who support "terrorists" directly or indirectly.

He told a meeting of his ministers that he had set up a special committee which had 10 days to propose a list of individuals and companies to be covered by the punitive measures.

He did not give details of what form the sanctions would take. [Reuters]



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UN rights chief Navy Pillay
2014.07.24 03:16:57

UN rights chief Navy Pillay, in a speech at the emergency meeting on Gaza, gave "a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated".

UN rights chief Navy Pillay:

The continued failure to properly ensure accountability on both sides following earlier escalations of hostilities in Gaza is of serious concern. The culture of impunity for alleged violations of international law invites further transgressions and the victims of the past become victims again. War crimes and crimes against humanity are two of the most serious types of crimes in existence, and credible allegations that they have been committed must be properly investigated. So far, they have not been.

I reiterate my numerous calls for this blockade [on #Gaza] to be lifted once and for all.

The disregard for international humanitarian law and for the right to life, was shockingly evident for all to see in the apparent targeting on 16 July of seven children playing on a Gaza beach.



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Ukraine says Dutch ready to send police to MH17 site
2014.07.24 03:15:18

The Netherlands and other countries that lost citizens when MH17 was shot down are proposing sending police officers to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine, authorities in Kiev have said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the offer was made by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte "to provide security at the crash scene and surrounding area in order to ensure an independent international investigation into the reasons for the catastrophe."

"Rutte noted that he intended, together with Australia and other countries whose citizens were victims on plane MH17, to propose sending a civilian police mission to Ukraine under the auspices of the UN," the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement following a phone talk between the two leaders late on Tuesday. [AFP]



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Israel’s precautions
2014.07.24 03:14:18

UN rights chief Navy Pillay says the killing of civilians in Gaza, especially children, raises concerns over Israel’s precautions and respect for proportionality.



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Russia starts reinforcing naval fleet in Crimea
2014.07.24 03:13:27

Russia said on Wednesday that it had begun expanding its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines, months after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine.

"Today we have started forming a powerful Black Sea fleet with an absolutely different level of air service, coastal missile and artillery troops and marines," said Alexander Vitko, the Black Sea fleet commander, in a message to servicemen

President Putin said at a meeting with the national security council on Tuesday that Russia will bolster its defenses to counter the creeping influence of NATO close to its borders.

"It is necessary to implement all of the country's defense measures fully and promptly, including of course in Crimea and Sevastopol, where we have to de facto create military infrastructure from scratch," he said.

[AFP]



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John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv
2014.07.24 02:54:03

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Tel Aviv to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in years between Israel and Gaza's Hamas.

"Secretary Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel, this morning to meet with officials to discuss the ongoing ceasefire efforts," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"He will also travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank, and will be meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Authority President (Mahmoud) Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu."

[Reuters]



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Malaysian airliner's black boxes arrive in Britain
2014.07.24 02:52:49

The black box flight recorders from the Malaysian airliner downed in eastern Ukraine have arrived in Britain, the Ukrainian government's special investigation commission said on Wednesday.

"Today ... the black boxes from the airliner Boeing 777 arrived in Britain under the supervision of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)," the commission said on its Facebook page. [Reuters]



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Israel shells power plant
2014.07.24 02:51:54

Adding to the woes of the besieged Gaza Strip, residents said Israel shelled their power plant which provides electricity to half the people of Gaza.

The power station spokesperson in Gaza said that the main equipment was hit last night.

Electricity supplies from Israel were hit last week. Israel saying  rockets from Gaza had damaged infrastructure.



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Bodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine
2014.07.24 02:50:31

Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.

Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Wednesday's ceremony was set for 11 am local time (0800 GMT) at the airport in Kharkiv.

Dutch officials say at least 200 bodies had arrived there in refrigerated railroad cars a day earlier.  [AFP]



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Israeli tank fire killed five
2014.07.24 02:45:24

Israeli tank fire killed five people, including two children, in southern Gaza, medics said, on the 16th day of Israel's assault on the besieged enclave.

The shelling hit houses east of the city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP news agency.



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Possible many more MH17 bodies with wreckage: Australia PM
2014.07.24 02:44:38

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday it was possible that many bodies from the MH17 crash were still lying in the open in Ukraine.

"It's quite possible that many bodies are still out there, in the open in the European summer, subject to interference, and subject to the ravages of heat and animals," Abbott told a press conference in Canberra. [AFP]



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Ambulances set to enter flashpoint Gaza neighbourhood
2014.07.24 02:43:52

A convoy of 10 ambulances is set to enter the neighborhood of Shajaiya in Gaza, despite the ongoing Israeli assault.

Medics said they hoped the large number of ambulances would convince Israel to hold fire, our correspondent added.

Shajaiya has been targeted by intense Israeli bombardment earlier this week. leaving dozens killed, including many children.



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