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  • ‘Separatists had the fatal missile’

    ‘Separatists had the fatal missile’

    A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with...

  • Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 dead

    Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 dead

    A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan yesterday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the...

  • Concordia for scrapyard

    Concordia for scrapyard

    The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard yesterday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. Boats sounded horns and church bells...

  • Chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

    Chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

    The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa. Ebola has killed 632 people...

  • Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose

    Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose

    Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug, an inquest has heard. The 25-year-old journalist, model and television presenter had been taking the substitute drug methadone in the...

  • Robert Downey Jr is highest-earning actor

    Robert Downey Jr is highest-earning actor

    Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney’s Marvel superhero film franchises Iron Man and The Avengers, is Hollywood’s highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com. The 49-year-old...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A tree planted in Los Angeles to honour former Beatle George Harrison has been killed – by beetles. The pine grew to more than 3.7 metres before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation, after which it had to be removed, councillor Tom LaBonge said.

  • As Dutch mourn, Ukraine calls for sanctions

    As Dutch mourn, Ukraine calls for sanctions

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk says Kiev will impose sanctions on Russian individuals who directly or indirectly support "terrorists" fighting against government troops. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Brawl in Ukraine Parliament

    Brawl in Ukraine Parliament

    Scuffles broke out for the second day in a row in Ukraine's Parliament as attempts to expel one member boiled over with tensions heightened by fighting in the east of the country. Deputies from the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party attempted to...

  • Dutch investigators say no evidence MH17 voice recorder tampered with

    Investigators looking into the causes of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week said they have found no evidence the airliner's black box voice recorder had been tampered with. "The Cockpit Voice Recorder was damaged but the part...

  • More flights to Tel Aviv cancelled

    More flights to Tel Aviv cancelled

    Air France and Germany's two largest airlines have cancelled more flights to Tel Aviv because of continuing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancellations through to...

  • Crash bodies arrive in Eindhoven

    Crash bodies arrive in Eindhoven

    Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven. Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern...

  • Plane crashes in storm, killing 51

    A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather has crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said. Taiwan had been battered by Typhoon Matmo and the Central Weather Bureau...

  • Ukrainian fighter jets 'shot down'

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets today, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the...

  • Costa Concordia begins final voyage

    Costa Concordia begins final voyage

    The Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun its final voyage, being towed slowly away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized in 2012, killing 32 people. Sirens on nearby boats wailed and bells on the island tolled just before two tugboats...

  • School head held after girl raped

    Police in India have arrested the head of a school where a six-year-old girl was raped and charged him with hindering the investigation and negligence. Rustom Kerawalla was charged with negligence for failing to ensure the student's safety, police...

  • Black box recorders arrive in UK

    Black box flight recorders from the downed Air Malaysian plane have arrived for analysis by UK crash investigators. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the black boxes had been delivered by Dutch safety authorities to the AAIB's...

  • Plane crash boy's eerie premonition

    Plane crash boy's eerie premonition

    In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?" Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who had been oddly agitated for days, bombarding her with questions...

  • Man in China dies of bubonic plague

    Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague. The Chinese news agency Xinhua said that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities...

  • Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

    Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

    Britain announces it will conduct a public inquiry into death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder. Sarah Toms reports.