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MH17 Updates

David Cameron says EU will blacklist the “cronies and oligarchs” around Vladimir Putin as part of “a new range of hard-hitting economic sanctions”.

The train carrying the bodies has left Donetsk and is on its way to Kharkiv, where Ukrainian and Dutch recovery teams are waiting.

Heavy fighting broke out in Donetsk between rebels and the Ukrainian military, killing five people. Many civilians evacuated from the rebel stronghold, and all were told to stay indoors. A convoy of separatist forces was seen leaving the city.

Russian ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva has told media in Kuala Lumpur she is “convinced” the separatist rebels were not behind the shooting down of the plane.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding access to the crash site and an independent investigation,as well as a ceasefire around the area. The US ambassador accused Russia of telling separatists “We have your backs,” and Russia’s envoy implied the US and Ukraine were turning “tragedy into a farce”. Dutch prosecutors opened a war crimes investigationinto the downing of flight MH17.

Separatists handed two MH17 black boxes to a Malaysian delegation, after a separatist leader made a deal with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

US President Barack Obama said “the burden is on Russia”to use its influence and ensure full access to the crash site,as well as to allow a “immediate and transparent investigation”. The US reiterated its assertion that a SA-11 missile system shot down MH17 from separatist-controlled territory, and its suspicion of Russian aid.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said separatist should be designated “terrorists” by the international community, and denied aclaim from Russia’s defense ministry that a Ukrainian warplane was flying near MH17 at the time of the crash. Russian army officials denied providing a Buk missile system to separatists.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivered an address after speaking with several world leaders and called for a “humanitarian corridor” to all for recover and investigation. He stopped short of calling on rebels to disarm, saying the disaster should not be used for “narrow, political reasons”.

Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing

Israel continued to pound Gaza overnight, including hitting 100 targets in Shujai’iya, the scene of the most intense fighting of the conflict, as the Israeli military confirmed that one of its soldiers was missing. Hamas claimed on Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier, named as Aron Shaul, during the intense battle in Shujai’iya. Hamas and Islamic Jihad reportedly agreed to a five-hour pause in the fighting. However, Haaretz quoted senior Israeli officials as saying a humanitarian ceasefire was “not on our agenda right now”.

25 civilians for one militant…

On Monday, 25 members of the Abu Jame’ family were killed when Israeli forces struck a house near Khan Younis, apparently without warning, the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem said. A Hamas militant was also killed.

Horrific developments in Gaza have reached intolerable heights: Israel is bombing houses with people in them, entire families have been buried under rubble, and streets lie in ruins. Hundreds have been killed so far, dozens in the last 24 hours only, many of them women and children. The number of refugees is rising: tens of thousands of people have nowhere to go and no safe haven.

—Human rights organisation B’Tselem

ISIS militants ransack Catholic monastery in Iraq — RT News

Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them to leave on foot with only the clothes on their back.

Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Tel Aviv region; sirens sound in Jerusalem area

A heavy barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip set off sirens throughout Israel on Monday morning, including in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas. A number of audible explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv area, which was targeted for the first time in several days. Rocket attacks on the city have been reduced since the beginning of the IDF ground invasion into Gaza last week. Sirens were also heard in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Rishon Lezion, Yavne, Kiryat Malachi and Beit Shemesh in Monday morning’s attack.

MH17 debris in Petropavlovka, eastern Ukraine. Photo FT/Roman Olearchyk
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The first apparent hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile is emerging from the crash site in eastern Ukraine, after experts confirmed on Monday there were signs of shrapnel damage to the aircraft.

MH17 debris in Petropavlovka, eastern Ukraine. Photo FT/Roman Olearchyk
Photo by: ©Financial Times

The first apparent hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile is emerging from the crash site in eastern Ukraine, after experts confirmed on Monday there were signs of shrapnel damage to the aircraft.

We have strict orders not to use air strikes and artillery in the city. If there is fighting in the city, we have information that there is a small self-organised group who are fighting with the terrorists.

—Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council in Kiev

10000 People Marched Through Downtown Chicago To Say Stop Bombing Gaza !

10000 People Marched Through Downtown Chicago To Say Stop Bombing Gaza !

We charged them with 447,000 crimes, a half-million crimes in four years, just in Texas, including over 5,000 rapes and 2,000 murders. We estimate we have 100,000 gang members here illegally.

—Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said from 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals were arrested and jailed in Texas. He said these were “hardened criminals, gang members, and other criminals that we identified as being in Texas illegally.”