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MH17 debris 'may include Russian-made missile system'

Debris recovered from the crash site of flight MH17 in Ukraine may belong to a Russian-made missile system, Dutch investigators have said.

Investigation teams were originally delayed in gaining access to the crash site in Donetsk after the plane downed in July 2014. Credit: Press Association Images

The prosecutors from the joint international criminal investigation believe the fragments are from the BUK surface-to-air missile system.

The debris has been passed to the Dutch Safety Board, which is carrying out the civilian investigation into the July 2014 crash.

All 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight died when the plane downed over territory held by pro-Russian rebels.


Litvinenko suspect given final deadline to give evidence

Dmitri Kovtun is due to give evidence at the inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death in 2006 Credit: Reuters

A suspect in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko,has been given until 9am today to give evidence to the inquiry into the Russian spy's death.

Dmitri Kovtun, has been accused of "manipulating" the probe after he was due to start giving testimony from Moscow by video link on Monday but has failed to do so as yet.

Alexander Litvinenko died after being poisoned with radioactive material. Credit: PA

Mr Litvinenko, 43, died nearly three weeks after consuming tea laced with polonium-210 in London in November 2006.

Police concluded that the fatal dose was probably consumed during a meeting with Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi at a hotel in central London.

Mr Kovtun had asked to give evidence but gave the inquiry a string of reasons why he was unable to in the days before he was due to appear again earlier this week.


Obama tells Putin: Remove all Russian troops from Ukraine

US President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart that he needs to remove all "troops and equipment" from Ukrainian territory.

In a statement, the White House revealed Vladimir Putin phoned Obama for their first call since February, to discuss the Iran nuclear talks, the "increasingly dangerous situation in Syria", tackling Islamic State extremists and the situation in Ukraine.

Obama reportedly told Putin that Russia must live up to the terms of a ceasefire deal with the neighbouring country, "including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory", the statement added.

Putin: We won World Cup bid fairly

Vladimir Putin has insisted that the 2018 football World Cup will go ahead in his country, despite the launch of an investigation into alleged corruption during the bidding process.

Putin doesn't believe the decision to host the World Cup can be changed Credit: Reuters

The Russian president said England's failure to secure the tournament came about because the bid team did not exhibit its country's potential as a host.

Prosecutors in Switzerland are conducting an investigation into allegations of money laundering surrounding Fifa's handling of the 2010 bidding process which led to Russia being named hosts for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.

But Mr Putin said: "If anyone has evidence, let them present it. We won in a fair fight and we are going to host the World Cup. Any other decision we will consider unfair."

"Great Britain did not exhibit all their potential for what it needed to do to win the World Cup.

"We don't think we are guilty of anything. We fought for the bid fairly. We don't think the decision can be changed. Construction of the stadia has begun and the next World Cup is very soon."

No financial aid deal between Russia and Greece

Russia and Greece are not discussing an emergency financial aid package, the Kremlin has said, after President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met today.

Asked whether financial assistance had been discussed when the two leaders met at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "No, no, no."

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