World Briefs: MH17: Claim filed against Russia, Putin

MH17: Claim filed against Russia, Putin

MELBOURNE • An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysia Airlines' Flight MH17, shot down in 2014.

Australia's Fairfax media reported on Saturday that 33 next of kin of victims were named in an application by Sydney law firm LHD Lawyers, representing people from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.


US defence chief 'regrets' crime by base employee

WASHINGTON • Defence Secretary Ashton Carter spoke by phone on Saturday with his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani to convey his regret after an American who works at a US air base in Okinawa was arrested for his links to the death of a local woman.

Okinawan police arrested Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday for allegedly disposing of the woman's body in a weed-covered area in southern Okinawa.


$6.4m splurge of bank's cash 'came from parents'

SYDNEY • After splurging US$4.6 million (S$6.4 million) on handbags and designer goods over 11 months due to a Westpac banking error, Christine Jia Xin Lee had a simple explanation.

She said she thought her wealthy parents in Malaysia were putting the money in her account, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. The third-year chemical engineering student was charged on May 5 with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Dawn fright in Mexico 'likely a meteor'

MEXICO CITY • Residents in a Mexican city woke in fright before dawn on Saturday to bright light in the sky and a thunderous noise, fearing a nearby volcano had erupted.

But officials said the phenomena witnessed by the inhabitants of Puebla de Zaragoza, a city of three million people 50km from Mexico City, was "most likely a meteor", the local Astronomic Society tweeted.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe