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Ukraine government suspends MH17 crash site truce

The Ukrainian government has suspended a ceasefire in the area surrounding the MH17 crash site after the recovery mission was halted yesterday, Reuters reported.

The Netherlands halted the operation because of fighting in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch prime minister announced yesterday.

Mark Rutte told journalists in The Hague the risk posed to the team of 70 Australian, Dutch and Malaysian experts was too great to continue working in the area.

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Clegg calls for Russia to be stripped of 2018 World Cup

Nick Clegg has joined calls for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The deputy prime minister said the "beautiful game" could not be "marred by the ugly aggression of Russia", claiming it was "unthinkable" that the tournament could go ahead in the country.

Nick Clegg said it was 'unthinkable' that the 2018 World Cup could be held in Russia. Credit: PA

Western leaders have accused Russia of arming the rebels in eastern Ukraine who have been widely blamed for shooting down the airliner, leaving 298 people dead.

Football's governing body Fifa rejected calls from some German politicians to review the decision, claiming the competition could be a "force for good".

Mr Clegg also said Russia's first Formula 1 Grand Prix in October should be cancelled, but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone insists the race in Sochi will go ahead.

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