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Investigators to examine second black box from MH17

Air investigators are to examine a second black box which was recovered from flight MH17 today.

The data could reveal if the pilots were aware of a missile coming towards the plane and what happened in the last few seconds of the flight if they were able to speak.

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  1. John Ray

Russians are hearing a very different story about MH17

Vladimir Putin still enjoys support in the Russian polls. Credit: Reuters

The people of Russia are getting a very different narrative in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, and it is one wrapped in a great deal of anti-western sentiment.

Of course there is sympathy for the victims of the downed plane. But there is a lot of sympathy, too, for the pro-Russian separatists.

Vladimir Putin's poll ratings are pretty much untouched - they are still sky high - and there is one irony in all of this. He for years has been telling the Russian people that they are an isolated nation surrounded by a sea of enemies.

That has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and that is also what makes this a very dangerous moment.

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