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By particularkev | Australian news from the 14th July to the 20th July 2014.

Australian victims of MH17 disaster

Mallacoota couple Mary and Gerry Menke. Photo: Supplied

Full MH17 coverage

A family of five living in an outer-Melbourne suburb, a Melbourne-based Dutch …

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

On Thursday in eastern Ukraine – where Russian-supported separatists have declared an autonomous state – a plane with civilians on board was shot down.

The plane did not crash and it did not "collapse" – as was written by some of the Russian media – it was shot down from the ground. We in Russia …


MH17: the evidence against Russia

Social media
A posting on an account linked to a pro-Russia separatist leader in Ukraine, on a Russian social network site, claims that militants shot down at least one Ukrainian military plane near the Donetsk region town of Torez. The post has been deleted.

Ukrainian government adviser …


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

'So will the Americans attack us 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 – including my dentist, the receptionist and the guy fixing the receptionist's computer – wants me to tell …


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

Two days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, the road near the village of Grabovo, where the aircraft crashed, is still lined with bodies.

Rescue workers, most of them of unknown provenance, are slowly moving corpses from where they hit the ground and piling them …


MH17: Russia is not yet ready to abandon rebel groups

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 afternoon, it was the kind of moment that led to double takes.

Journalists, officials and people around the …

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

Ukraine's government accused pro-Russia rebels on Saturday of removing corpses from the MH17 crash site and destroying evidence.

"Terrorists brought 38 bodies to the mortuary in Donetsk," the government statement read, adding that Russian experts would presumably perform autopsies. "The terrorists …


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

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 body” to see that reading of horror and foreboding hour by hour, day after day, can sap the soul. This week ended with a …

Middle East

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

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels are holding talks on setting up a security zone around the crash site of a Malaysian jet that was apparently shot down in the separatist east.

Ensuring the security of the site, where all 298 passengers were killed when the Boeing 777 crashed, is crucial to preserving …


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

Tony Abbott increased the pressure on Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as he dispatched foreign minister Julie Bishop to New York to head Australian effort to secure a binding UN resolution for a full international investigation in to the disaster.

Speaking in Sydney on …

Tony Abbott

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

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 Ukraine in the face of a storm of international outrage, or cut the rebels off and allow them to be defeated by the government in …


Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash – in pictures

Malaysia Airlines

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

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 least a body part. There are a lot of stakes.

But then there is a lot of debris, a vast wash of metal, charred remnants, and the …

Travel (UK)

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

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 that a missile fired by Russia-backed separatists downed the Malaysia Airlines jet which crashed in eastern Ukraine …

Flight MH17 was following right route, says Malaysian minister

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 reporters as to why the Malaysia Airlines flight passed over a warzone.

The jet was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala …


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

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 plane, according to western-based defence and intelligence specialists.

As the UN security council called for a …


AIDS community mourns loss of pioneer researcher Joep Lange

This article was updated at 12.30pm on Saturday July 19.

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 …

Tony Abbott

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 …

Why was Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 flying over Ukraine?

As investigations continue into who brought down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board – including at least 28 Australians – …

Q&A: Flight MH17 and the spiralling conflict in Ukraine

The shooting down of flight MH17 has thrust the separatist conflict in Ukraine back into the international spotlight. The Ukrainian government and …

International Relations

Plain packs help deter young smokers as uptake drops to new low

Evidence is mounting that plain cigarette packaging is helping prevent young people from becoming addicted, life-long customers of big tobacco.

From …

The B20 summit: where cashed-up lobbyists meet to write trade rules?

The Business 20 (B20) summit typically attracts the global corporate glitterati, as the usual suspects assemble in alpine retreats like Davos; …