Interpol teams to help identify MH17 victims

Paris : Interpol said that they would send a team to help identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine.

In a press release, Interpol Friday announced that at the request of the Ukrainian authorities, they are ready to send in the team in the next two days, Xinhua reported.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines MH17 jetliner crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, with all the 298 passengers and crew members on board reportedly killed. It was believed to have been shot down.


Typhoon Rammasun toll in Philippines rises to 77

Manila : The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines has risen to 77, authorities said Saturday.

The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) accounted 23 more deaths since Friday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

Among the newly-retrieved bodies, 18 were from the worst-hit provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in southern Luzon region.

Meanwhile, the number of injured has gone up to 220, and the number of missing stood at five.


'No Sri Lankans on crashed MH17'

Colombo : There was no Sri Lankan passport holder found in Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed in east Ukraine Thursday, an official said.

The Boeing 777, en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed Thursday afternoon in the conflict-hit Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.


'Putin to ensure probe team reaches MH17 crash site'

Kuala Lumpur : Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that he will ensure the investigation team can get to the crash site of MH17 plane, as well as the members' safety, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said here Friday.

Razak stressed that Malaysian investigation team must get to the crash site of the MH17, Xinhua reported.


'Russia not taking away Malaysian plane's black boxes'

Moscow : Russia is not going to take away the black boxes from the crash site of the Malaysian plane in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"We are not going to take away these boxes, nor to violate the rules with regard to this sort of cases within the international community," Xinhua quoted the Russian foreign minister as saying in an interview.


'No French victims in Malaysia Airlines plane crash'

Paris : France's President Francois Hollande announced Friday that there was no French national among casualties of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

"According to the documents submitted by the company ... there would not be French victim because there was no French on board, except a case that has not yet been clarified," Xinhua quoted Hollande as saying.

Hollande, who was on an African tour to prepare ground for a new military mission in the continent, called for an "international investigation to know the truth and identify the perpetrators".


MH17 crash: Obama points to rebels in Ukraine

Washington : US President Barack Obama Friday said at the missile that took down a Malaysian jetliner killing 298 people on board was fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by separatist rebels and blamed Russia for the tragedy.

Addressing a press briefing in the White House, Obama called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists, seeking independence, have been fighting forces from Kiev.


MH17 crash: UN calls for independent probe

United Nations : The UN Security Council Friday called for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 298 people aboard in a strife-torn area of eastern Ukraine.

The emergency session began with a minute's silence in honour of the 283 passengers and 15 crew members killed Thursday.

The investigation should be conducted "in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines", the council said, demanding "appropriate accountability" and "immediate access by investigators to the crash site".


WHO official killed in plane crash

New Delhi : The World Health Organisation Friday said it has lost one of its communications experts in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash over Ukraine.

"Glenn Thomas from department of communications was travelling to the international AIDS conference in Australia," the WHO said in a statement.

"Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade.

"He came here from the BBC and spent many years providing communications support to the Tuberculosis department," it added.

Glenn is survived by his partner Claudio and his twin sister, Tracey.


US offers help in MH17 crash probe

Washington : US Secretary of State John Kerry has said his country is ready to offer help to any international investigation into the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine that killed 298 people on board.

“We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims,” Kerry said a statement Friday.

“We offer our sympathies and support to the governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board.”