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Sister of MH17 victim said 'we all need answers'

Former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas Credit: ITV Tonight

The sister of one of the British victims of the MH17 crash told ITV News "we all need answers".

Tracey Withers, the twin sister of former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas, from Lancashire, has travelled to Holland to hear the final report into the crash.

Mr Thomas was a passenger on flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine in July last year.

She said: "We all need answers. This is a step forward for the families."

The Dutch Safety Board is to publish a final report on why Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 broke up over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.


At least two dead after multiple Israel attacks

The scene of a bus stabbing in Jerusalem. Credit: RTV

At least two people were killed after Palestinian men armed with knives and guns launched a string of attacks in various parts of Israel, police said.

In one incident, two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus, killing one and injuring five, according to Israeli media. Ambulance services said one of the attackers was killed and another captured.

Just a few minutes later, a Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop in the centre of the city, before getting out and stabbing pedestrians. Police said at least one was killed and several were wounded, while the attackers fate was unclear.

The Jerusalem attacks followed two in the Ranaana suburb near Tel Aviv.

The first saw an Israeli man stabbed and lightly wounded on a shopping street, with amateur video later showing the alleged attacker being kicked and beaten on the ground.

Within an hour, another person wielding a knife wounded four people in Ranaana, according to police and local media reports.

Inflation turns negative again

Inflation is back below zero. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The rate of Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to -0.1% in the year to September from 0% in August, official figures showed.

The Office for National Statistics said a smaller than usual rise in clothing prices and falling motor fuel prices were the main contributors to the fall in the rate.

The rate of inflation has been at or around 0.0% for most of 2015. Inflation was last negative in April this year - the first time in more than half a century.

Tweeting after the figures were announced, Chancellor George Osborne said the fall into negative CPI inflation shouldn't be mistaken for "damaging deflation".

Several wounded in two Jerusalem attacks

One people have died and at least four people have been hurt after separate stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem, Associated Press reports, citing Israeli police.

Israel Defence Forces appeared to confirm the two attacks, saying in one incident an attacker had run over and stabbed four civilians at a bus stop.

It said that in another shooting and stabbing attack on a bus, several people had been injured.

It added the attackers had been shot in both instances.


Government completes privatisation of Royal Mail

Credit: PA

The government has sold the remainder of its stake in Royal Mail for £591 million, ending its financial interest in the 500-year-old postal operator.

A total of 13% was sold at 455p per share, while the Treasury plans to give the final 1% shareholding to Royal Mail's eligible UK staff.

The privatisation in 2013 attracted criticism from opposition politicians and trade unions who said the firm had been sold off too cheaply.

Beer giants agree takeover terms

SABMiller brews the Miller and Grolsch beer brands Credit: PA

Beer giants SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev have "agreed in principle" on a £68 billion tie-up to create the world's biggest drinks firm.

SABMiller, which makes Peroni and Grolsch, is set to be taken over after tentatively reaching a deal over an improved offer of £44 a share from its Belgium-based rival InBev - the brewer of Budweiser - in what marks the largest takeover of a British firm in corporate history.

AB InBev and SABMiller still have to agree the terms of a formal offer, but have extended the deadline to make a firm bid under City takeover rules to October 28.

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