Kin of MH17 victims sue Ukraine rebel for $1.2b
CHICAGO • Relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash victims have filed a nearly US$900 million (S$1.2 billion) suit against a one-time leader of Ukrainian insurgents over the shooting down of the jet over the rebel-held east of the country last year.
A writ filed on Wednesday in Chicago claimed Igor Strelkov was acting with the "actual or apparent" authority of Russia's government when the jet was blown out of the sky, killing all on board.
Experimental US drone sets flight record
WASHINGTON • A US experimental drone has set a record for the longest continuous flight of a craft of its size, staying in the air for three days, the International Aeronautical Federation said.
The Orion prototype long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, similar to the Predator and Reaper-style drones used by the US military, flew for 80 hours, two minutes and 52 seconds, according to data validated by the body.
Sweden's PM taken to hospital for 'nausea'
STOCKHOLM • Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was rushed to hospital yesterday after landing back in Stockholm from Ethiopia, officials said.
Mr Lofven became "seriously nauseated" while flying home from Addis Ababa and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after his plane touched down in the Swedish capital, his spokesman said.