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MH17 verdict – Three men sentenced to life for downing the passenger flight

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A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

MH17 VERDICT – A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down the passenger jet travelling over eastern Ukraine, in 2014.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came crashing down in the Donbas region, killing all 298 people on board.

The MH17 verdict means the three men will now face life behind bars.

They identify as former Russian intelligence agents Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy.

While, it also includes Ukrainian separatist leader Leonid Kharchenko.

One other man has been acquitted, despite knowing about the plot.

The missile attack remains one of the most notorious war crimes to happen in Ukraine, occurring eight years before the deadly war began.

FILE PHOTO: Flowers and mementos left by local residents at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are seen near the settlement of Rozspyne in the Donetsk region. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files

Many of the victims’ relatives believe the world should have reacted differently, back in 2014.

They insist if world took a tougher stance against Russia back then, it would be in a better place now.

Victims of MH17 attack

Watershed moment for the world

It was a little over eight years ago when Flight MH 17 crashed in Ukraine at the time it was a watershed moment for the world.

This was a war crime in the Donbass region before similar atrocities became an almost daily occurrence there.

However, now we are able to close the chapter of MH17 just a little bit more.

The court found that a Russian made missile supplied by Russia and fired by an armed group under Russian control brought down a flight MH17.

The men did try to counter that they had intended to shoot down a military aircraft, not a commercial airliner.

However, the judges said firing any kind of missile deliberately showed enough wrongdoing to be convicted.

Speaking after many of the victims families expressed relief at this conclusion.

It’s been more than two years of a trial. But there is a long standing feeling of anger.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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