World Briefs:

Prelim results from MH17 probe out later this year

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's transport minister said yesterday that preliminary conclusions from the forensic investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 could be received later this year.

"We hope to receive the preliminary conclusions on the forensic research conducted, including on the type of weapon that was used and other pertinent details, by the later part of this year," Mr Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement on the second anniversary of the tragedy.


Two fugitive corruption suspects return to China

BEIJING • Two Chinese men who fled abroad after being suspected of corruption have returned home to face charges, China's anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, the latest suspects caught up in a sweeping campaign by the leadership to tackle graft.

One of the suspects was identified as Zhu Haiping, general manager of Shenzhen Yuwei Industry Co, who fled to the United States in 1998 after coming under suspicion of fraud. The second suspect, Guo Liaowu, a deputy manager of Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Mining Co, fled to Australia in 2010 after being suspected of bribery.


Priest stole $500k meant for Syrian refugees

MONTREAL • A Canadian priest was charged for stealing US$400,000 (S$539,200) intended for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and then gambling it away. Amer Saka, 51, a clergyman of the Chaldean Catholic Church - based in Baghdad - had allegedly collected the funds from more than 20 donors to support refugees arriving from the war-torn nation.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 17, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe