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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June 8, 2020, Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis, rear fourth from left, opens the court session as the trial resumed for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago, at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.  Judges in the trial on Friday July 3, 2020, have granted requests for further investigations submitted by lawyers representing one of the Russian suspects. (AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, FILE)

Judges allow extra investigations for defense at MH17 trial

Jul. 3, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges in the trial in absentia of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Friday granted some requests for further investigations submitted by lawyers representing one of the Russians. Among the additional...

Sabine ten Doesschate, rear, and Boudewijn van Eijck, front, lawyers for one of the four suspects, Russian Oleg Pulatov, are seen as the trial resumed at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, Monday, June 8, 2020, for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago. (AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, POOL)

Defense lawyers in MH17 plane trial seek more investigations

Jun. 23, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said Tuesday that the nearly six-year investigation into the deadly incident still has not produced a definitive picture of what happened and...

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2020 file photo, Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis, rear, fourth from left, opens the court session as the trial resumed at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam,  for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago.  Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 have cast doubt on prosecutors’ assertions that the passenger jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, it was reported on Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool, File)

Defense lawyers seek more investigations into MH17 downing

Jun. 22, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 cast doubt Monday on prosecutors' assertions that the passenger jet was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile. The comments came as Dutch...

Workers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stage a rally against the government's labor policy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The letters head bands read

The Latest: SKorea reports 45 new COVID cases, most in Seoul

Jun. 10, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the capital region, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear could develop into a huge wave. The figures announced Thursday bring national totals to 11,947 cases and 276 deaths. The capital...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus stands on a footbridge at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. China says its three latest cases of coronavirus infection were brought from outside the country. No new deaths were reported Wednesday and just a few dozen people remain in treatment for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: India surge continues with nearly 10,000 cases

Jun. 10, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in India continued to rapidly increase Wednesday, with officials reporting nearly 10,000 new cases over the past 24 hours. The spike has come as the government moves forward with reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its...

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, former chief minister of Saba state on Borneo island, Musa Aman, center, arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Musa Aman was among several senior politicians from the United Malays National Organization who were charged with corruption after the party's shocking defeat in 2018 polls. The party became part of a new alliance government under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that came into power in March. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File)

Malaysian prosecutors drop second high-profile graft case

Jun. 9, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors on Tuesday dropped 46 corruption charges against a former state leader, the second high-profile graft case to be dismissed since a new government took over in March. Musa Aman, ex-chief minister of Sabah state on Borneo island, was among several senior...

In this handout photo provided by the Department of National Defense PAS, ships carrying construction materials are docked at the newly built beach ramp at the Philippine-claimed island of Pag-asa, also known as Thitu, in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday June 9, 2020. The Philippine defense chief and top military officials flew to a disputed island in the South China Sea Tuesday to inaugurate a beach ramp built to allow the

South China Sea disputes again putting spotlight on Beijing

Jun. 9, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves....

Malaysia detains 269 Rohingyas, find body in damaged boat

Jun. 8, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities detained 269 Rohingya refugees and found a body on board a suspected smuggling boat they said had been intentionally damaged so it couldn't be turned back to sea. How long the Rohingya were at sea and where they came from were not disclosed. Hundreds of...

Sabine ten Doesschate, rear, and Boudewijn van Eijck, lawyers for one of the four suspects, Russian Oleg Pulatov, are seen as the trial resumed at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, Monday, June 8, 2020, for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago. (AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, POOL)

Lawyer: Coronavirus restrictions hamper MH17 defense case

Jun. 8, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — A defense lawyer for a suspect in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago said Monday that coronavirus restrictions have seriously hampered efforts to prepare the case. Sabine ten Doesschate, a Dutch lawyer representing Russian...

A mosque official takes the temperature reading of a man entering the Cut Meutia mosque to attend a Friday prayer amid concerns of coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, June 5, 2020. Muslims in Indonesia's capital held their first communal Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus outbreak for nine weeks reopened at half capacity. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The Latest: COVID-19 in New Mexico healthcare workers spikes

Jun. 8, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Data from the New Mexico Health Department shows COVID-19 infections among health care workers in the state have spiked as intensive care units remain full and nurses and first responders call for more protective equipment. The data shows 492 workers were diagnosed in May, marking a...