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THE HAGUE: Dutch prosecutors said Sunday they would "seriously study" claims by citizen journalists to have identified Russian soldiers implicated in the crash of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

The claims are made by a British-based group of "citizen investigative journalists" called Bellingcat, which specialises in trawling through data on social media and other open sources.

"We received the report just after Christmas," Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutor's office, told AFP.

"We will seriously study it and determine whether it can be used for the criminal inquiry," de Bruin said.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014 by a BUK surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 onboard, air crash investigators said last October.

Western nations and Ukraine say the missile was fired from pro-Russian separatist-held territory, but Moscow denies the claim, pointing the finger instead at the Ukrainian military.

The Netherlands have launched a criminal probe into those responsible for the shooting, but many experts doubt whether it will succeed.

In 2014, Bellingcat reported that a BUK mobile

LONDON: Smoking is bad for pets too, the University of Glasgow said Tuesday, citing an ongoing study into the effects of second-hand smoke on dogs and cats.

Research under way at the Scottish institution has found that pets living in a smoky environment have a higher risk of health problems including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain.

"Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets," said Clare Knottenbelt, professor of small animal

BEIJING: China's parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations.

Chinese officials say their country faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in its unruly Western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in the past few years.

The law has attracted deep

YANGON: Dozens of people were feared dead in Myanmar after a landslide hit a jade mining region, workers at a local mining firm said, the second such incident in just over a month.

The landslide took place on Friday in Hpakant in the country's northern Kachin State, a rugged region sandwiched between China and India and the heart of Myanmar's multi-billion dollar jade industry controlled by its powerful military.

"We heard about 50 people were buried in the collapsed dump and four or five

JAKARTA: Families of those killed in an AirAsia plane crash last year in Indonesia have demanded that the airline apologise for negligence after a probe showed faulty equipment contributed to the accident.  

Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 plunged into the Java Sea in stormy weather on Dec 28 last year during what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.  

The crash killed 162 people.  

Relatives of some of the passengers, AirAsia officials and

GRENOBLE: A 39-year-old French soldier was killed Saturday while attempting a wingsuit jump in the Alps, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one of the most dangerous extreme sports, a rescue worker said.

The man died after jumping off the 2,525 metre-high (over 8,000-feet) summit of Le Brevent in the French Alps.

"When his flying companion reached the ground, he realised something had gone wrong. He probably crashed into" the mountain, a rescue worker said, confirming the soldier's

JAKARTA: The Surabaya Zoo management has cautioned several local and foreign media not to monkey around with reports alleging that a zoo employee had sexually assaulted an orang utan, resulting in its impregnation.

Merdeka.com news portal had quoted Surabaya Zoo president/director, Aschta Boestani Tajuddin as saying the news reports published recently were found to be false and baseless.

He said no such incident had occurred and the zoo authorities were puzzled how a news portal could come

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