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MH17: 'Around 60 bodies' expected in first flights

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning.
Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning. Credit: Reuters

About 60 coffins containing victims of the MH17 disaster are expected in the Netherlands on the first flights from Kharkiv, a Dutch government spokesperson has said.

Two military transport planes, one each from the Netherlands and Australia, are currently flying the bodies to Eindhoven Airport.

There was some confusion about how many of the 282 corpses the rebels said they had found were on the train which arrived yesterday in Kharkiv.

A Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.

Kerry: 'Steps forward' in Israel-Gaza peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said some progress has been made in efforts to end the 16 days of violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
US Secretary of State John Kerry with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: Reuters

Shortly after arriving in Jerusalem this morning for a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said:

We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done.

– John Kerry

Read: One child killed in Gaza every hour for past two days

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At least 7 killed this morning in Israeli strikes in Gaza

At least seven more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes from tanks and drones in Gaza city this morning.

Hundreds more residents fled their homes to seek refuge, as Israeli tanks on the border of the Gaza Strip continued to fire shells and mortars.

More: Israel attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Passengers stranded in Tel Aviv after flights cancelled

Passengers have been stranded at Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv after many international flights to and from the US and Europe were cancelled due conflict in the region.

Passengers have been stranded at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
Passengers have been stranded at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Credit: RTV
A departure board at Tel Aviv airport shows various cancelled flights.
A departure board at Tel Aviv airport shows various cancelled flights. Credit: RTV

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EU aviation group calls for airlines to avoid Tel Aviv

The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a strong recommendation to all European airlines to avoid Tel Aviv Ben Gourion International Airport until further notice.

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EASA strongly recommends avoiding Tel Aviv Ben Gourion Int. Airport until further notice. More on our website: http://t.co/eEZSEKECFg

Read: US State department suspends flights to Israel

David Ward 'not condoning firing rockets at Israel'

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has defended his comments on Twitter yesterday, when he said he would "probably" fire at rocket at Israel if he lived in Gaza, saying he is not condoning violence, ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

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.@davidwardmp says Palestinians only firing missiles because 'they're absolutely desperate' and 'politicians in West failing them'

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.@davidwardmp says he condemned violence on both sides in parliament - including firing of missiles from Gaza. Now people picking on tweet

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.@davidwardmp says he's not condoning firing rockets. He just 'understands why people are so desperate that they're doing it'.

Read: Lib Dem MP: If I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket?

Israel attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Israel's attacks on Gaza could amount to war crimes, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

Addressing an emergency debate on the conflict, Navi Pillay questioned the precautions put in place by Israel to prevent civilian casualties and expressed concerns on alleged excessive use of force by Israeli security forces.

She also condemned the firing of rockets and mortar by Hamas into Israel, which she said were placing civilians' lives at risk

Ex-Lib Dem MEP apology after 'disputatious Jews' slur

A former Lib Dem MEP, Ed McMillan-Scott, has criticised a Jewish Community group and the editor of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper in tweet.

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Uh oh, former Lib Dem MEP @emcmillanscott quickly apologising for this one. Lib Dems are in real trouble today. http://t.co/9tQwDd12ew

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The tweet was deleted shortly after being posted, and an apology was issued this morning.

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I apol to @boardofdeputies altho they didn't when I was smeared by @stephenpollard in 2009 at behest of #Coulson. D Tel did tho. I'm not a/S

ITV News are awaiting a response from the Liberal Democrats.

The comments were in response to comments posted on Twitter yesterday from Liberal Democrat MP David Ward, who said he would "probably" fire a rocket at Israel if he lived in Gaza.

Read: Lib Dem MP: If I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket?

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