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3 Russians, 1 Ukrainian Charged With Murder In MH17 Plane Crash Case

Nieuwegein:  International investigators on Wednesday charged four people with murder over the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed. The Dutch-led team said it was going to prosecute Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko …

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Australia Court Rules Sperm Donor Be Recognised As Legal Father

Sydney, Australia:  A man who donated sperm so his gay friend could have a baby more than a decade ago must be recognised as the girl’s father, Australia’s High Court ruled Wednesday. The court said because the man was listed on the birth certificate and had an “extremely close” relationship …

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Gun That Vincent Van Gogh “Shot Himself With” Goes Under Hammer In Paris

Paris, France:  The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself goes under the hammer at a Paris auction house today. Billed as “the most famous weapon in the history of art”, the 7mm Lefaucheux revolver is expected to fetch up to 60,000 euros ($67,000). The …

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Gun That Vincent Van Gogh “Shot Himself With” Sells For $182,000

Paris, France:  The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros ($182,000) at a Paris auction on Wednesday — nearly three times the estimate. Billed as “the most famous weapon in the history of art”, the rusty 7mm Lefaucheux revolver was bought …

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“Credible Evidence” Linking Saudi Crown Prince To Khashoggi Murder: Report

Geneva:  There is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October, an independent UN rights expert said Wednesday, calling for an international investigation. In a fresh report, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard said she had …

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“Credible” Proof Linking Saudi Crown Prince To Khashoggi Murder: Report

Geneva:  There is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October, an independent UN rights expert said Wednesday, calling for an international investigation. In a fresh report, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard said she had …

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Shinzo Abe Criticised As Pension Report Highlights “Inconvenient Truth”

Tokyo:  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced stiff opposition criticism on Wednesday after a report warned that many retirees won’t be able to live on pensions alone, a topic likely to become an issue in an election for parliament’s upper house. Mr Abe has made reform of the social security …

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83-Year-Old Injured After Prince William, Kate’s Convoy Hits Her In UK

London:  An 83-year-old woman was in a serious condition in a British hospital on Wednesday after being hit by a motorbike in the convoy carrying Prince William and his wife Kate. The royal couple were travelling from their central London home to Windsor, west of the capital, on Monday when …

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Iran Will Not Give Europe More Time To Shield It Against US Sanctions

London:  Iran said on Wednesday it will start enriching uranium at a higher level in July and won’t give European powers any more time to prevent this move by protecting Tehran from US sanctions. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed …

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Iran Says Scaling Back Nuclear Commitments A “Minimum” Measure

LONDON:  Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday pulling out of some commitments under the nuclear deal was a “minimum” measure that Tehran could adopt a year after the United States withdrew from the accord and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In a speech broadcast on the state television, …

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