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Ukraine Rebels Had Missile, Commander Admits

He accuses Ukraine of engineering crisis

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine did have a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a rebel commander admits. Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, tells Reuters that rebels in Luhansk had the missile system, but it's... More »

Somber Dutch Salute Return of First MH17 Victims

40 bodies arrive in the Netherlands

(Newser) - The planes carrying the bodies of some of the first victims recovered from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site have landed in the Netherlands, Sky News reports. The two military aircraft, one Dutch and one Australian, contain a total of 40 bodies in wooden coffins; they took off from... More »

The Poignant Last Hours of MH17's Victims

Family, friends remember loved ones who perished

(Newser) - The first victims' bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are today making their way to the Netherlands, where they'll be met at Eindhoven Air Base by the nation's king, queen, prime minister, and their own relatives, reports the AP . As forensic experts begin the task of identifying victims,... More »

Reporter: Sorry for Snooping in MH17 Baggage

'We really shouldn't be doing this, I suppose,' Colin Brazier of Sky News said

(Newser) - A set of keys and a toothbrush may seem like innocuous, everyday items, but they become sacred when they belong to the dead. So when Sky News reporter Colin Brazier was caught during a live broadcast yesterday rifling through the personal effects—toothbrush and keys among them—of one of... More »

Man Has Narrowly Escaped Both Malaysia Air Tragedies

Maarten de Jonge was booked on both flights, changed ticket at last minute

(Newser) - Maarten de Jonge is a lucky man—two times over. The Dutch cyclist had a ticket for not only Thursday's doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also the still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Both times, ABC News reports, de Jonge changed his flight at the last minute. The 29-year-old... More »

Among the MH17 Victims: Indiana U Student, Rower

Remembering Karlijn Keijzer

(Newser) - Just one American was among the 298 killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also among the victims was an Indiana University doctoral student. Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch citizen, was a chemistry researcher and, in 2011, a member of the women's rowing team. "Karlijn was, by all... More »

Obama Must Get Tougher Over 'Mr. Putin's War'

Washington Post, Wall Street Journal criticize US response

(Newser) - At his news conference yesterday , President Obama made clear that the US thinks pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, and that they likely did so using Russian equipment. But he left it at that. "What was missing from the president’s comments was a clear moral conclusion... More »

Ukraine Says Rebels Destroying Plane Evidence

They're accused of removing bodies, wreckage

(Newser) - The chances of a "credible international investigation" taking place in the aftermath of this week's Malaysian Airlines crash seem to be dwindling by the hour. Ukraine today accused pro-Russian separatists of removing bodies and wreckage from the crash site without proper authorization, reports the BBC . Specifically, it says... More »

'Bodies Fell From the Sky'

So far 181 of those killed in MH17 crash have been found

(Newser) - You're sitting at home when you hear a noise—and before you realize what's happening, a woman's dead, naked body comes crashing through your roof and into your kitchen. That's what happened to Irina Tipunova yesterday when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded overhead. "There was... More »

So Where Are the Black Boxes?

Conflicting reports swirl about them

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes are key to the crash investigation—so where are they? Good luck with that. The New York Times reports that the voice and data recorders have been taken from the crash site, but after that it gets confusing. There's all kinds of... More »

One American Among Those Killed on Plane

President Obama calls for ceasefire and 'credible' investigation

(Newser) - One American was among the 298 people killed in yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash , President Obama revealed today. The passenger was identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman, though few details about him were immediately available. The US ambassador to the UN said today that the latest US intelligence suggests the plane... More »

Putin Calls for Ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian president wants both sides to enter talks day after plane is shot down

(Newser) - One day after a Malaysia Airlines commercial airliner was shot down over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is asking all involved parties in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists for a ceasefire, saying “peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible,” AP reports. In comments broadcast by Russian... More »

Jason Biggs Apologizes for Malaysia Air Jokes

Ends up deleting controversial tweets

(Newser) - Jason Biggs apparently hasn't yet taken What Not to Tweet 101. Yesterday the Orange Is the New Black and American Pie star tweeted, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?" He followed that up with a slightly less controversial tweet ("In all seriousness, tho- HOW... More »

Woman Loses Family in Both Malaysia Flights

Australian Kaylene Mann lost a brother and now a stepdaughter

(Newser) - An Australian woman is mourning the loss of loved ones on a Malaysia Airlines flight for the second time this year. Kaylene Mann lost a brother and sister-in-law in the disappearance of Flight 370 in March. Now she's learned that her stepdaughter was aboard the plane that got shot... More »

Top AIDS Researchers Were on Doomed Plane

World experts were bound for Melbourne conference

(Newser) - As many as 108 of the 298 people killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were researchers, activists, and health workers bound for a major AIDS conference in Melbourne, delegates have been told. Among them was Dutch researcher Joep Lange, one of the world's top HIV experts. He had been... More »

Ukraine: We've Got Audio of Rebels Bragging About Plane

Recording hasn't been verified; suggests they thought it was military craft

(Newser) - Russia's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is "deeply, deeply, unsatisfactory," says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, one of several world leaders demanding answers on the shooting down of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine. Abbott says he wants the fullest investigation possible, as... More »

McCain: 'Hell to Pay' If Russia Is Linked to Crash

While Putin says Ukraine bears responsibility

(Newser) - With the evidence increasingly suggesting that today's jet crash over Ukraine was caused by a missile and not a mechanical failure, John McCain is burnishing his reputation as the Senate's top foreign policy hawk. While stressing that it's too early to know anything for sure, McCain said... More »

Plane Got Shot Down, Says US Intelligence

But officials don't know who fired the missile

(Newser) - US intelligence officials say that a surface-to-air missile did indeed bring down a passenger jet over Ukraine today, but they can't say who fired it or even which side of the border it came from, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists have denied... More »

Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down, 298 Aboard

All aboard the passenger plane are feared dead

(Newser) - A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed in Ukraine this morning, and all 283 passengers and 15 crew are feared dead, reports Reuters . A Ukrainian interior ministry official says the Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, though it's too early to confirm the claim. (US intelligence agrees... More »

Officials: Missing Jet Likely on Autopilot

Autopilot deliberately turned on, Australians say

(Newser) - Will Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ever be found? Authorities can't say—but they have found a new place to start looking. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says the search will be moved to a fresh area in the southern Indian Ocean, and a report released today by the... More »

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