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Australian victims of MH17 disaster

• Full MH17 coverage<p>A family of five living in an outer-Melbourne suburb, a Melbourne-based Dutch national living in Windsor and a Glen Iris couple who …

Russian media is covering up Putin's complicity in the MH17 tragedy

In Russia, errors like shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet could not have happened, so they simply won't have happened<p>On Thursday in eastern Ukraine – where Russian-supported separatists have declared an autonomous state – a plane with civilians on board was shot down.<p>The plane did not crash and …

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MH17: the evidence against Russia

In the hours after the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, evidence assembled from various sources appeared to point the blame at militants armed with Russian missiles<p>Bodies of MH17 passengers stored in rail wagons as pressure on Russia mounts - live updates<p><b>Social media</b><br>A posting on an account …

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MH17 and its aftermath: 'ordinary Russians are horrified and frightened'

In Moscow, conspiracy theories abound, along with disdain for the separatists and some support for Putin<p>'So will the Americans attack <i>us</i> now?" At my dentist's surgery in Moscow I am used to being the one nervously asking questions. Yet on the day after flight MH17 was brought down, everyone here – …

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Pilots' group president says MH17 shot down after attempt to avoid storms

Malaysia Airlines plane was flying lower than planned and may have diverted on to more northerly course over Donetsk<p>Bodies of MH17 passengers stored in rail wagons as pressure on Russia mounts - live updates<p>Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was guided off its most recently used course as its pilots …

MH17: armed rebels fuel chaos as rotting corpses pile up on the roadside

Pro-Russia gunmen in standoff with international investigators as reports grow of looting and the removal of evidence<p>Bodies of MH17 passengers stored in rail wagons as pressure on Russia mounts - live updates<p>Two days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, the road …

Aviation

MH17: Russia is not yet ready to abandon rebel groups

If Vladimir Putin's 'people' are found responsible for the MH17 tragedy, it will be devastating for him<p>No one could have predicted the gruesomely random turn that the east Ukraine conflict took last week. When the first rumours about a Malaysian passenger flight going missing broke on Thursday …

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MH17: Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of taking bodies from crash site

Kiev says pro-Russia rebels have removed bodies from crash site with help from Moscow, and are trying to destroy evidence<p>Ukraine's government accused pro-Russia rebels on Saturday of removing corpses from the MH17 crash site and destroying evidence.<p>"Terrorists brought 38 bodies to the mortuary in …

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Sifting through the wreckage of MH17, searching for sense amid the horror

In the face of events from Ukraine to Gaza, we want to believe that the world is not a place of uncontrollable catastrophe<p>Any journalist should hesitate before saying this, but news can be bad for you. You don’t have to agree with the analyst who reckons “news is to the mind what sugar is to the …

MH17: Kiev and rebels hold talks to set up security zone around crash site

Agreement comes as experts from UK and Malaysia arrive in Kiev to assist a Ukrainian-led investigation into how flight was brought down<p>Ukraine accuses separatists of taking bodies from crash site<p>Malaysian Airlines crash aftermanth - live updates<p>Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels are holding talks on …

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MH17: Tony Abbott increases pressure on Russia as Bishop heads for UN

PM wants justice for 'dead and the living' Julie Bishop will lead bid for 'full investigation' Australian officials on their way to Kiev China's president calls for a 'fair and objective' inquiry<p>Tony Abbott increased the pressure on Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as he …

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MH17 disaster creates dilemma for Putin over backing Ukraine's rebels

Malaysia Airlines crash makes supplying arms to separatists a threat to the world but pulling the plug means defeat for Russia<p>The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has confronted Vladimir Putin with a dilemma he had sought to avoid: to continue to support the separatist insurgency in …

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash – in pictures

The world is demanding answers from Russia after a Malaysia Airlines jet's destruction over Donetsk, Ukraine, near the Russian border. The area has seen violent clashes between Ukrainian and pro-Russia separatists since the annexation of Crimea in February

Aviation

MH17 plane crash site: sunhats, sweets … and stakes marking body parts

Human remains, debris from Malaysia Airlines plane and surreal paraphernalia of long-haul travellers covers 15 square mile area<p>For miles around, you can see them, strips of white cotton attached to wooden stakes in the fields of eastern Ukraine. Each stake marks a victim from flight MH17, or at …

Aviation Safety

MH17: rebels block access to part of site of crash as evidence against them grows

First OSCE investigators to the scene retreat after hour-long standoff with armed separatists who fired warning shots<p>Barack Obama threatened to "increase the costs" to Russia if Moscow fails to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, as US and other western officials said there was mounting evidence …

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Flight MH17 was following right route, says Malaysian minister

Malaysia Airlines says flight plan was approved and airspace was commonly used for flights between Europe and Asia<p>Malaysia's transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said on Friday that MH17 was following "the right route on the right path", as he fielded a barrage of questions from local and foreign …

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Cover-up: Ukraine rebels destroying all links to MH17 air atrocity

UN demands full inquiry but armed Russian separatists block access to crash site amid confusion over black boxes<p>Pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are hastily covering up all links to the Buk missile battery suspected to have been used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger …

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AIDS community mourns loss of pioneer researcher Joep Lange

<i>This article was updated at 12.30pm on Saturday July 19.</i><p>The international AIDS community is mourning the deaths of researchers, community activists, …

Time to go back to the polls? News Corp is not happy with Abbott

The Abbott government was under considerable pressure to have the carbon tax repealed this week – and not just for political point scoring. Wholesale …

Carbon tax repealed: experts respond

The government has succeeded in getting legislation passed to repeal the carbon tax, despite some last-minute doubts cast by the Palmer United …

Court to rule on intercepting and transferring asylum seekers at sea

Lawyers for 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on a boat intercepted by the Australian government applied for a full bench of the High Court to hear its …

Infographic: facts about flight MH17

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members from the Netherlands to Malaysia. …

Who handles the investigation on downed flight MH17?

The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the location of the black box recorder comes down to a series of complex …