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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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Virgin Atlantic to stop flying over Iraq

Virgin Atlantic has joined other airlines in deciding not to fly over Iraq due to safety concerns.

Fears that insurgents could fire rockets at passenger planes have been heightened by the recent downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Virgin Atlantic says it will not fly over Iraq due to safety concerns. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

However some airlines, including British Airways, are continuing to fly over Iraq and have stressed the need for clear guidelines on which routes are safe to fly.

Virgin's decision follows a decisions from aviation chiefs to set up a new task force to ensure information affecting airline safety is effectively collected and distributed.

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