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Malaysia Airlines strikes compensation deal over MH17

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Malaysia Airlines has struck a compensation deal with the families of the victims of flight MH17.

The airline must pay must pay damages of up to about 130,000 euros (£108,000) to victims' families, regardless of the circumstances of a crash.

The doomed flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a Russian-made missile on July 17 2014.

It killed killing all 298 people on board including 10 Britons.

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Sister of MH17 victim said 'we all need answers'

Former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas Credit: ITV Tonight

The sister of one of the British victims of the MH17 crash told ITV News "we all need answers".

Tracey Withers, the twin sister of former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas, from Lancashire, has travelled to Holland to hear the final report into the crash.

Mr Thomas was a passenger on flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine in July last year.

She said: "We all need answers. This is a step forward for the families."

The Dutch Safety Board is to publish a final report on why Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 broke up over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.

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.

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Flowers laid at memorial for MH17 victims at St James Park

Members of the public have laid flowers at a memorial garden at the Newcastle United ground in memory of John Alder from Gateshead and Liam Sweeney from Newcastle, who died in the MH17 crash a year ago.

Both were fans of Newcastle United, and were on their way to a pre-season tour in New Zealand when their plane came down in Ukraine.

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