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Russia vetoes UN tribunal into downing of MH17

Flowers and mementos left by local residents at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last year Credit: Reuters

A UN Security Council draft resolution to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing Malaysia Airlines MH17 was vetoed by Russia today.

Eleven countries on the 15-member council voted in favour of the proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands and Ukraine while China, Angola and Venezuela abstained.

Flight MH17 was shot down and crashed in Ukrainian territory held by Russian-backed separatists in July 2014.

All 298 passengers on board, two-thirds of them Dutch, were killed.

Lorry drivers allowed to drive for longer during Calais delays

Lorry drivers will be allowed to drive for longer stretches of time with a shorter beak between shifts during the Calais delays, the government has confirmed.

Lorries queue along the north and southbound carriageways of the M20 in Kent on Wednesday Credit: PA

EU rules which specify drivers can only drive nine hours a day will temporarily be relaxed so drivers can drive for 11 hours as they contend with delays caused by the migrant crisis in Calais.

The Department for Transport said changes will come into force from 12:01am on Thursday.

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