Violence around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 forced Australian and Dutch investigators to remain in their hotel on Sunday, despite Malaysia announcing it had reached a deal for unfettered access.
Two temporary ceasefires collapsed in Gaza as militants continued to fire rockets into Israel and the Israeli military resumed its air, naval and ground strikes.
Forces loyal to Kiev stepped up a ferocious new round of attacks on rebels – forcing Canberra’s first substantive MH17 investigative team to abort what would have been its first day at the sprawling crash site.
Data retrieved from the the ill-fated MH17 flight black box shows the plane was hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion.
Amid scenes of utter devastation rescue workers in Gaza dug through collapsed concrete to recover bodies buried in homes reduced to rubble by Israeli air strikes, while the toll of Palestinians killed topped 1035, most of them civilians.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sought to reassure Russia, the Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels who control the MH17 crash zone that Australia has no other purpose than to recover the victims and leave.
Pro-Russian rebels have agreed to allow a three-nation force of almost 300 international police, including 190 Australians, to travel to the site of the MH17 crash site to protect international investigators.
Dozens of Australian Federal Police have arrived in Donetsk, the regional centre nearest to the MH17 crash site, amid questions about why is Canberra sending so many and about the legal standing of the deployment before a vote of approval by the Ukrainian parliament.
Unarmed Australian police will immediately enter and take control of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded is a “risky mission”.
A Sydney teenager who fell from a balcony during New Zealand ski trip has died in hospital with his mother and father by his side.