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Russia demands MH17 black box data release

Russia has launched a media attack on Western countries, demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, a deputy defence minister said in an interview published on Saturday.

MH17 crash site
MH17 crash site Credit: Reuters

The Netherlands, which had 195 nationals on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, is leading the international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Moscow blames Ukraine for the disaster, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. In a version of events widely believed in the West, Ukraine says the Boeing 777 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface-to-air missile.


Sunny spells for most with showers set for Scotland

There will be sunny spells for most with a few showers over Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There will be sunny spells for most of the UK.
There will be sunny spells for most of the UK. Credit: Met Office

One or two showers may also be seen in north-west England and North Wales but elsewhere will be mainly dry with plenty of sunshine.

It will still feel cool in the westerly breeze with top temperatures of 21 Celsius (70F).

Cameron and Clegg to hold talks over terror threat

David Cameron and Nick Clegg will hold talks this weekend to discuss new measures designed to tackle terror threat in the UK, according to reports.

Cameron and Clegg
Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will meet during the weekend. Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister is set to attend an EU summit in Brussels today, where he is expected to push for a Europe-wide action to tackle terrorist group Isis.

The move follows the announcement on Friday that the UK's terror threat has been upgraded from "substantial" to "severe", with the Home Secretary saying an attempted attack was now "highly likely".

The Prime Minister will make a statement in the Commons on Monday, spelling out the extra powers after acknowledging there were "gaps in our armoury" which needed to be filled.


Galloway spends the night in hospital after street attack

Controversial Respect MP George Galloway spent the night in hospital after after he was beaten up in the street. The pro-Palestine Bradford West MP suffered a suspected broken jaw, broken rib and bruising in the attack in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London.


George Galloway MP on his way to hospital last night. The Respect Party thanks all well-wishers. @georgegalloway


A man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

The Respect Party tweeted a picture showing two red lumps on his right temple.

Wearing a black jacket and white shirt, Mr Galloway looked defiant in the picture taken in the street as he made his way to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

Mr Galloway had been posing for pictures when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and attacked him, according to his spokesman. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest.

Killed Newcastle fan 'only missed one match in 50 years'

The body of John Alder, who was killed in the MH17 disaster, has been formally identified.

MH17 tributes
Tribute to the Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder who died in the MH17 disaster. Credit: PA

The life-long Newcastle United supporter had reportedly only missed one match in 50 years. Mr Alder was known as the Undertaker among the fans "because he always wore a black suit and white shirt to every match", his neighbour said.

The 63-year-old from Gateshead was travelling with Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch Newcastle United play in New Zealand.

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