Saturday 1 August 2015

IDs for 23 MH17 dead

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

The Dutch-led forensic team working on the remains of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has identified 23 victims so far.

Justice Ministry spokesman Jean Fransman said those include 18 Dutch, two Malaysians, a Canadian, a German and a Briton. All their families have been notified, the ministry added.

In all, 228 coffins have been brought to the Netherlands but it is not known how many victims that represents. Experts are using DNA samples and dental records in a process expected to take months.

Boy (8) shot by cousin

An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being shot in the face by his seven-year-old cousin in Texas.

Police captain Joe Stanton said the boys were playing unsupervised at a Texas City apartment when the seven-year-old found a gun and it discharged. The eight-year-old was shot in the left cheek.

The boyfriend of the victim's mother may have been responsible for supervising the children.

Bungling robber jailed

A bungling robber who botched a multimillion-pound raid on a cash depot when he knocked down the wrong wall with a digger has been jailed.

Raymond Betson (52), of Clifton Crescent, Folkestone, and other mystery raiders targeted the Loomis depot in Swanley, Kent, in 2012.

A stolen digger was driven into the outside wall of the depot, but the raid turned to farce because, after ramming the wall repeatedly, one of the robbers climbed over the rubble to find an empty room.

Guns and gnomes

A machine gun, a revolver and gun parts were found hidden beneath gnomes in a suburban back garden.

The weapons were wrapped in plastic and concealed under a paving slab surrounded by pot plants and the gnomes at an address in south east London.

Charity stars 'no use'

Celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness but can make the stars more popular with the public, a study says.

A survey of over 2,000 people found two-thirds could not link any celebrity with a list of seven well-known charities and aid bodies that they worked for.

Storm lashes Hawaii

The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island yesterday with strong winds and heavy rain hitting the area.

The US Central Pacific Hurricane Centre said it had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii.

Irish Independent

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