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PM will write to Saudi Arabia over Briton facing lashes as UK says it will drop bid for prison contract

David Cameron Credit: PA

David Cameron will write to the Saudi Arabian government to raise the case British pensioner Karl Andree who is facing 379 lashes after being caught with illegal alcohol.

A government spokeswoman said the UK will drop the bid on the Saudi prisons contract.

The controversial £5.9 million contract reportedly sparked a row between members of the Cabinet.

Airlines and Ukraine blamed over MH17 crash 'failures'

The rebuilt fuselage is displayed at the Dutch Safety Board press conference.

Dutch investigators have criticised both the Ukrainian authorities and airlines for flying over the country during a period of conflict in which flight MH17 crashed.

The Dutch Safety Board said airlines flying over the area should have recognised the dangers of flying over the east of the country amid fighting between Ukrainian loyalists and pro-Russian separatists.

The investigators also said Ukraine should have closed airspace in the region before the plane was brought down.


British victim's father: I'm glad my son did not suffer

Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed on their way to watch a pre-season friendly in New Zealand. Credit: ITV News

The father of British MH17 victim Liam Sweeney has said he is glad an investigation has found that his son and other passengers were not conscious moments after a missile hit the jet.

A report into the disaster is expected to state that passengers did not feel the impact of the explosion, becoming unconscious after it hit.

Speaking to ITV News in the Netherlands, Barry Sweeney said he was 99% sure his son was unconscious when he died, adding that he will hope until the end of his life that his son did not suffer in the disaster.

Rebuilt MH17 fuselage on display as report released

The fuselage of the plane is on show in the Netherlands. Credit: Emma Murphy/ITV News

The rebuilt fuselage of flight MH17 has been displayed as a report into the cause of the disaster is set to be published by Dutch investigators.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports that the remains of the outer body show shrapnel puncture marks centred around the cockpit.

It is understood that the report will state that a Russian-made Buk missile struck the plane above and to the left of the cockpit, causing it to come down in eastern Ukraine last year.


Buk manufacturer denies missile brought down MH17

The press conference watches a film of a demonstration. Credit: APTN

A Russian manufacturer has refuted claims that its Buk missiles were the cause of the MH17 air disaster.

ITV News understands that a report released by Dutch investigators will say that a warhead typically associated with the missile system hit the plane, causing it to come down over eastern Ukraine in July last year.

However, in a press conference shortly before the report's release, the Almaz-Antey manufacturer insisted its own results "completely disprove" such a conclusion.

Citing an "experiment" carried out by the state-controlled company, general director Yan Novikov claimed that if the plane was indeed shot down by a missile, it would have come from the Zaroshenske, a village Russia says was under the control of the Ukrainian government at the time.

Israeli police: Death toll from Israel attacks rises to three

The death toll from the attacks carried out in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv has risen to three, Israeli police say.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a security cabinet meeting for 3pm local time (midday GMT) to discuss how police will react to the attacks.

Officials said Israel's public security minister was considering whether to seal off Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem, home of many of the assailants of the past two weeks, from the rest of the city.

Palestinians in East Jerusalem can travel in Israel without restrictions, unlike those who live in the West Bank.

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