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Investigators have identified pieces that "possibly" come from a Russian-made BUK missile in the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (above).
Investigators have identified pieces that "possibly" come from a Russian-made BUK missile in the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (above).AFP

MH17 investigators find ‘possible’ BUK missile fragments

Investigators probing the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday they had found fragments “probably” from a Russian-made surface-to-air missile at the crash site.

The passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine on July 17 last year, during heavy fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people onboard were killed.

Ukraine and many in the West have accused the rebels of blowing the Boeing 777 out of the sky, saying they may have used a BUK missile supplied by Russia.


Taleban condemns 'barbarity' of ISIS execution video

The Taleban condemned a video released this week showing what appeared to be a group of fighters belonging to the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement killing a group of Afghan prisoners by blowing them up with explosives.

The video, apparently shot in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar in June, gave a glimpse into the struggle the Taleban is waging against Islamic State - both considered ultra-hardline groups - for supremacy of the Islamist insurgency in Afghanistan.


Heavily armed 'Oath Keepers' inject disquieting element in Ferguson in US

Four white men carrying military-style rifles and sidearms added a disquieting element to riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri, when they began patrolling the streets before dawn on Tuesday, which police quickly labelled "inflammatory".

The men said they were part of a group called "Oath Keepers", which describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and former US soldiers, police and first responders who aim to protect the US Constitution. They told reporters on the street that they were in Ferguson to protect a media organisation.

The men attracted immediate attention in the mostly black neighbourhood, which exploded into violence on Sunday night as protesters marked the one-year anniversary of the killing of an unarmed black teen by police.


Football: Chelsea axe doctor after Mourinho row - reports

Chelsea have sidelined team doctor Eva Carneiro from match-day duties after she fell foul of manager Jose Mourinho, according to British media reports on Tuesday.

Mourinho criticised Carneiro after she ran on the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in stoppage time of Chelsea's 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City on Saturday, saying she did not "understand the game".

After receiving support from fans, Carneiro wrote on her Facebook page: "I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated."


US stocks tumble on surprise yuan devaluation

US stocks fell sharply Tuesday after China unexpectedly devalued its currency, as Apple, General Motors and other companies heavily exposed to China dropped.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 212.33 points (1.21 per cent) at 17,402.84. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 20.11 (0.96 per cent) to 2,084.07, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 65.01 (1.27 per cent) to 5,036.79.

China's central bank devalued its yuan currency Tuesday by nearly 2 per cent against the US dollar, as authorities said they were seeking to push market reforms, in the context of a slowing economy.