Dutch and Australian forensic investigators on their way to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were turned back on Monday (July 28), after "explosions" in the area, a government spokeswoman in The Hague said. "They have returned in the direction of Donetsk," justice ministry spokeswoman Sentina van der Meer told AFP. "Explosions were heard, and they were warned by the locals."
Malaysia on Monday (28 July) marked a solemn Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead. Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his "extreme sadness, most profound sympathy and deepest condolences" to MH17 families, as well as relatives of those aboard another Malaysia Airlines jet, MH370, that went missing on March 8. "Of course, I am able to feel and imagine what they would be going through when, upon waking up on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, their loved ones are not with them," he said in a televised address late Sunday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at his meeting today with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "Mr. Secretary, I appreciate the fact that you came here and that you took time to see what we’ve just shown you. I think it’s clear that Israel is doing what any country would do if terrorists rained down rockets on its cities and towns – hundreds of rockets, day after day, week after week. In addition, as I’ve shown you, Hamas has dug terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis.
A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering a classmate and dismembering her body, local media reported. The suspect, whose name was not released as she is a minor, has admitted to strangling the victim and severing her head and left hand, according to the Kyodo news agency. She allegedly delivered blows to the head of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo with a metal instrument before strangling her in the city of Sasebo, in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwest Japan.
Malaysia said yesterday it would send dozens of police to the crash site of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia separatists agreed to allow international police personnel to provide protection for investigators. In a statement yesterday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he had spoken with his counterparts from the Netherlands and Australia, and the three agreed to work together in deploying police personnel to the site.
Israel and Hamas went back and forth yesterday over proposals for a humanitarian lull in the fighting in Gaza, underscoring the external and internal pressures on both sides. By afternoon, Hamas, the militant group that dominates Gaza, had called for a new 24-hour lull, hours after Israel declared an earlier one over in response to a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza into its territory.
Downed flight MH17 has claimed another victim in a 93-year-old man who succumbed to the "indescribable grief" of losing his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in the crash, family have said. Mr Hendrik (Henk) Palm, from the northern Dutch town of Roden, died "after the indescribable grief of losing his daughter, Erla (Palm), son-in-law Rob (van der Linde) and grandchildren Merel and Mark"
Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.