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Malaysian opposition leader loses appeal over sodomy conviction

Anwar Ibrahim Credit: Reuters

Malaysia's highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy in a case that his supporters claim was politically motivated.

The Federal Court's judgement upholds a ruling by the Court of Appeal in March last year, which found the 67-year-old guilty of sodomising a former political aide.

He is expected to be sentenced later today.

Loss of flight MH370 officially labelled an accident

The Malaysia Airlines flight went missing in March last year. Credit: Reuters

The loss of flight MH370 has officially been declared as an "accident" by Malaysia civil aviation officials.

In a statement, the country's Department of Civil Aviation said it also presumed all 239 passengers and crew on board the flight when it disappeared in March last year were dead.

The announcement will help families of the victims to make progress with any compensation claims.


Dozens of tourists stranded as floods grip Malaysia

Nearly 60 tourists - including travellers from Britain, Canada and Australia - are among dozens stranged at a resort in Malaysia as the region is battered by its heaviest rainfall in more than 40 years.

Authorities have dispatched rescue boats and a helicopter to find the guests, who were staying at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort in Pahang, and take them to safety.

Major floods have been reported across Malaysia and Indonesia due to a particularly heavy monsoon season. Credit: Reuters

Major floods have been reported across Malaysia and Indonesia due to a particularly heavy monsoon season.

The park, which spans 434,300 hectares (1,075,000 acres) of tropical rainforest, has recorded its highest rainfall since 1971.

Search for missing MH370 is set to resume

After a four-month break the search for missing flight MH370 will begin again today.

During the hiatus searchers have been mapping the seabed and will now concentrate their search far from Australia's west coast.

The search for MH370 is set to resume. Credit: Reuters

Crews will use sonar, video cameras and jet fuel sensors to scour the water for any trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared on 8th March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

'Large number of high-energy objects' brought down MH17

The first report on the downing of flight MH17 found that the plane was punctured by a 'large number of high-energy objects' which lead to the plane falling apart in the air, Dutch investigators found.

Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed. Credit: Reuters

Based on the preliminary findings to date, no indications of any technical or operational issues were found with the aircraft or crew...

The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft. It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up.

– MH17 report

Preliminary report due into downing of MH17

Dutch crash investigators are due to release a preliminary report into the downing of flight MH17 later today.

The report will be issued by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), which is leading the investigation into the disaster, in which 10 Britons were among the 298 people killed.

No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Credit: Soner Kilinc / Anadolu Agency

The DSB expects to publish the final report within a year after the crash.

No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over war-torn Ukraine on 17th July, but it is suspected that the plane was been hit by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists.


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 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.

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.

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.

Newcastle fan killed in MH17 disaster identified

The body of a second Newcastle United football fan who was killed in the MH17 disaster has been identified, the Foreign Office said.

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand to watch their team play pre-season friendlies. Credit: SWNS

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand with his friend Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch their team play pre-season friendlies when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in the Ukraine five weeks ago.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Service spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. "The family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

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