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Aviation chiefs to discuss flying over conflict zones

The risk of passenger planes flying over war zones after MH17 downing will be discussed at a special meeting of international aviation chiefs tomorrow.

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Radars show a number of planes flying over conflict areas in Iraq. Credit: Flightradar24

The need for clarification on safe routes was emphasised when it emerged that some airlines were flying over war-torn areas that other carriers were avoiding -- such as Iraq.

Malaysia Airlines commercial director Hugh Dunleavy said: "Against the backdrop of increasingly volatile political situations around the world, such as Ukraine and Gaza, we as an industry must act now to create a system of approval that guarantees safe air passage for all commercial airlines."

Read: MH17 black boxes show 'plane destroyed by shrapnel'

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Gaza: Palestinians mark Eid in brief respite from fire

Palestinians in Gaza have marked the holiday of Eid al-Fitr as the territory appeared to be given at least some respite from weeks of attacks.

Worshippers in a mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah.
Worshippers in a Rafah mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike. Credit: Reuters

The usual celebrations associated with the holiday were replaced in many parts with sadness and despair after an Israeli ground offensive thought to have killed 1,000 in the region in the last three weeks.

Refugees, wearing Palestinian traditional headscarves and carrying black flags, attend a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli offensive.
Refugees, wearing Palestinian traditional headscarves and carrying black flags, attend a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli offensive. Credit: Reuters

Many mourned at the graves of lost loved ones, while demonstrations were also held against the Israeli occupancy.

A woman and girl carry flowers to a family grave.
A woman and girl carry flowers to a family grave. Credit: Reuters

Normally on Eid, the streets would be filled with playing children. Today the streets were largely empty and the usual fireworks were eschewed after the hail of rocket fire coming from both sides of the border in recent weeks.

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MH17 black boxes show 'plane destroyed by shrapnel'

Black boxes from the downed Malaysian jet show it was destroyed by shrapnel coming from a rocket blast and went down because of "massive explosive decompression", a Ukrainian security official said.

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A pro-Russian separatist handles a black box belonging to MH17. Credit: Reuters

The spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council, Andriy Lysenko said the information came from experts analysing the recorders.

Experts in Britain were tasked with downloading the data from two black boxes recovered from the crash site and handing that information over to international investigators for analysis.

Kiev and the West accuse pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the plane. Moscow says the Ukrainian government is responsible for the crash, which killed all 298 people on board.

Read: Experts cancel MH17 site visit over disputed security threat

Mapped: The areas opened up for fracking in Britain

A map shows the areas of Britain potentially available for shale gas exploration - also known as fracking.

Areas in yellow are already licensed, while those in pink are now available for bids.
Areas in yellow are already licensed, while those in pink are now available for bids. Credit: DECC

As shown above, the areas in pink are those available in the latest round of licensing, while those in yellow signify areas where licences have already been awarded - including Blackpool, Brighton and Portsmouth.

More information can be found on the Department for Energy and Climate Change website.

Dan Greaves strikes Commonwealth gold for England

Dan Greaves struck Commonwealth gold for England with victory in the F42/44 discus.

The 31-year-old, who took silver at the London Olympics, came out on top of his domestic duel with Wales' Aled Davies, winning with a throw of 59.21 metres.

That converted to 1023 points in the mixed-classification event, with Davies (at 46.83 metres and 1012 points) taking the silver

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