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First plane carrying MH17 victims 'to leave tomorrow'

The Dutch prime minister has said the first plane carrying the victims of the downed flight MH17 is expected to leave Ukraine tomorrow, De Telegraaf reported.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks at a news conference. Credit: RTV

Mark Rutte told a news conference the bodies will arrive at Eindhoven Airport before being taken to the Dutch city of Hilversum where they will begin the process of identifying the remains.

'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013.
Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013. Credit: Reuters

Teachers at schools involved in the 'Trojan Horse' investigation allegedly claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was "some kind of staged event or hoax", according to a government report.

The report's author, retired counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke, analysed the contents of a social media discussion between teachers at Park View School who called themselves 'The Park View Brotherhood'.

The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service.
The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service. Credit: Daniel Reinhardt/DPA/Press Association Images

Clarke's report says the group of teachers exchanged "highly offensive comments about British service personnel" on the WhatsApp messaging service.

He also described the general contents of the teachers' discussions as "grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own".

Read: School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

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Malaysian PM welcomes arrival of MH17 train to Kharkiv

The Malaysian prime minister has welcomed the arrival of the train carrying the bodies of flight MH17 victims to the city of Kharkiv.

Najib Razak said the Malaysian Airlines jet's black boxes appeared to be "in good condition" after they were handed over by separatist leader Alexander Borodai.

A pro-Russian separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
A pro-Russian separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Razak said: "These were extraordinary circumstances which called for extraordinary measures.

"There were risks involved in pursuing this agreement. But we felt an obligation to explore all avenues to break the impasse, and secure the return of the remains and the black boxes".

Protests at Russian and Ukrainian embassies in Malaysia

Protesters have gathered outside the Russian and Ukrainian embassies in Kuala Lumpur demanding justice for the victims of the downed Malaysian Airlines jet.

A man wearing a face mask attends a demonstration outside the Ukrainian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
A man wearing a face mask attends a demonstration outside the Ukrainian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: REUTERS/Samsul Said
Protesters are demanding justice for the victims of flight MH17.
Protesters are demanding justice for the victims of flight MH17. Credit: REUTERS/Samsul Said
Demonstrators chant slogans outside the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Demonstrators chant slogans outside the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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Malaysian Airlines to join investigators at crash site

Malaysian Airlines representatives will today join international investigators at the crash site of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) wrote on Twitter:

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Day 5 that we are monitoring crash sites of #MH17 - joined today by reps of @mas.

Government report due on 'Trojan Horse' allegations

The Government is set to release a key report on the allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of certain schools in Birmingham.

Former counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke was enlisted by then Education Secretary Michael Gove to look into the 'Trojan Horse' claims.

Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations.
Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council have already released their own report, saying there had been a pattern of behaviour from certain individuals who had been "moving between schools".

Former head teacher Ian Kershaw also said there were individuals "seeking to promote and encourage Islamic principles" and raising objections to "anti-Islamic" aspects of the school curriculum.

Read: School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

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