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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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Malaysia Airlines boss calls for flight path safety body

A new independent body which decides which flight paths are safe needs to be created following the MH17 disaster, the boss of Malaysia Airlines has said.

The company said MH17's flight path had been approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the European airspace service provider Eurocontrol ahead of take-off.

Some 298 people died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Huge Dunleavy, the company's commercial director, said individual airlines should no longer be responsible for decisions on which territories are safe to fly over, but could no longer rely on existing bodies for the information.

"Ultimately, we need one body to be the arbiter of where we can fly," he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.

"For the sake of passenger and crew safety we need to insist on a higher level of authority."

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