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MH17 wreckage cut into, say investigators

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

European monitors in Ukraine say pieces of the wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane have been cut into, which could compromise any investigation into the tragedy.

Airlines suspend Israel flights

A rocket landed within 2km of Ben Gurion International Airport.

US and European airlines have suspended flights to Israel over safety concerns after a rocket landed less than 2km from Ben Gurion Airport. Israel asked the airlines to reverse the decision.

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

UN, US meet over fighting in Gaza

Medics tend to a boy injured in the shelling of a Gaza hospital.

Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meeting American Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo.

American actor James Garner dies

James Garner

James Garner, the American star of hit television series The Rockford Files and Maverick and films including The Great Escape, has died aged 86. Garner had suffered a stroke in 2008.

Pressure grows on Russia over crash

Ukrainian rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher through a wheat field at the site of the crash.

Western countries want Russia to put pressure on Ukrainian rebels to allow unhindered access to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash after international observers were restricted.

AIDS conference rocked by air disaster

Delegates gather at the Melbourne AIDS conference on hearing that many participants had died on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight.

An international Aids conference opening in Melbourne on Saturday has been rocked by the loss of 108 Aids activists and health workers killed in the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

US says evidence points to Russia

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near the plane's wreckage.

The American Secretary of State has laid out what he says is overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Body confirmed as Korea ferry owner

Passengers are helped to safety from the badly listing ferry.

A body in South Korea has been identified as that of the billionaire owner of a ferry that sank in earlier this year killing more than 300 people, many of them children on a school trip.

Dutch PM: we want our people back

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of the Malaysia Airlines crash site.

The Dutch PM says experts have arrived in the Ukraine where the remains of victims of the MH17 plane crash are stored and warned that the Netherlands "want their people back". (AUDIO)

Rebels restrict access to crash site

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A team of international observers was given only limited access to the Malaysian airliner crash site in eastern Ukraine by separatist fighters guarding the area.

Obama warns Israel as Gaza toll rises

A relative of the four Palestinian boys killed by Israeli bombing of a Gaza beach.

The United States has warned Israel against escalation of the fighting in Gaza as the United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in the region to try to broker a truce.

Phone calls implicate Russians - Ukraine

Wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines jet.

Ukraine has released what it says are intercepted phone calls in which separatist rebels appear to acknowledge shooting down a civilian plane.

MH17 bodies, recorders released by rebels

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) inspect a refrigerator wagon containing the remains of victims from Flight MH17.

Bodies and the flight recorders from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are on their way out of disputed territory in eastern Ukraine, nearly a week after the plane was shot down. (AUDIO)

UN calls for ceasefire over Gaza

Scores were killed in the bloodiest fighting of a near two-week offensive.

The United Nations Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Israel expands Gaza ground offensive

Palestinians fleeing their homes in Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district after heavy Israeli shelling left casualties lying in the streets.

Israel's military says it has expanded its ground operation against Hamas, with residents in Gaza reporting the heaviest shelling since the conflict began 13 days ago.

Ceasefire calls after airliner shot down

A woman lights a candle in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev for those on MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

The United States is leading demands for all sides in the Ukranian conflict to support an immediate ceasefire to allow an investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner. (AUDIO)

MH17: The known facts

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was flying over war-torn Ukraine when it disappeared from radar - 280 passengers and 15 crew members were on board.