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MH17 judges reject request to investigate alternative crash scenarios

AMSTERDAM Judges hearing the case against four defendants in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine rejected on Wednesday a defence request for more time to investigate alternative explanations for the crash.


Ukraine president tests negative for coronavirus - statement Nov 23 2020

KYIV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested negative for the novel coronavirus after previously contracting it and spending time in a government hospital, he said in a statement on Monday.


Europe's COVID-19 cases surpass 15 million mark: Reuters tally Nov 20 2020

The number of coronavirus cases in Europe surpassed the 15 million mark on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region sees a surge in infections with the onset of winter, reporting a million new infections about every four days.


Ukraine may appoint former finance minister Markarova as ambassador to Washington Nov 20 2020

KYIV Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday that he had proposed appointing former finance minister Oksana Markarova as the country's new ambassador to the United States.


Ukraine reports new daily high coronavirus cases, deaths: minister Nov 19 2020

KYIV Ukraine registered a record of 13,357 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Maksym Stepanov said on Thursday, up from a previous record of 12,524 cases reported last week.


Trump has made no plans to host G7 summit: diplomatic sources Nov 18 2020

WASHINGTON Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has made no plans to host a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies after cancelling a June gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, three diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

UK arrests 72 people on fishing boat in people-smuggling investigation Nov 18 2020

LONDON Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday 72 people have been arrested after a fishing boat was intercepted off the eastern coast of England, prompting a people- smuggling investigation.


Ukraine faces 'severe' coronavirus winter but no new lockdown measures, minister says Nov 18 2020

KYIV Ukraine faces a "very severe" period of COVID-19 cases but will not tighten lockdown restrictions because measures taken last week should stabilise the situation, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told Reuters on Wednesday.

Iran summons Italian envoy over dispute with Canada Nov 17 2020

DUBAI Iran's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned Italy's envoy, who represents Canadian interests in Tehran, to protest what it called Canada's lack of cooperation in setting up consular services for a large Iranian-Canadian community, state media said.


Pro-EU candidate Sandu on course to win Moldova presidential run-off Nov 15 2020

CHISINAU Moldova opposition candidate Maia Sandu, who favours closer ties with the European Union, promised to unite the country and tackle corruption as she looked on course to beat pro-Moscow incumbent Igor Dodon in a presidential run-off on Sunday.


Global coronavirus cases surpass 60 million infections – Reuters tally

The global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases hit 60 million on Wednesday, with the pace of new infections accelerating and the United States reporting record numbers of hospitalizations, according to a Reuters tally.