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Washington: US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea, saying the US military was “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

The Pentagon said the United States and South Korea would proceed as planned with a joint military exercise in 10 days, an action sure to further antagonise North Korea.

Trump, vacationing at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, again referred to North Korea’s leader in his latest bellicose remarks Friday evening Australia time. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” he wrote on Twitter. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un [sic] will find another path!”

The term “locked and loaded,” popularised in the 1949 war film “Sands of Iwo Jima” starring American actor John Wayne, refers to preparations for shooting a gun.

Asked later by reporters to explain the remark, Trump said: “Those words are very, very easy to understand.”

Again referring to Kim, Trump added, “If he utters one threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast.”

In remarks to reporters after a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Trump said the situation with North Korea was “very dangerous and it will not continue.”

“We will see what happens. We think that lots of good things could happen, and we could also have a bad solution,” he said.

Despite the tough rhetoric, Trump insisted that “nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump.”

Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were “very happy” with how he was handling the confrontation.

The president, a wealthy businessman and former reality television personality, sent his tweet after North Korean state news agency, KCNA, said in a statement that “Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war.”

Guam, the Pacific island that is a US territory, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in its vicinity.

Guam is home to a US air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6000 US military personnel. KCNA said on Thursday the North Korean army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land in the sea (30-40 km) from Guam.

Trump called the governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo. “We are with you a thousand percent. You are safe,” Trump told Calvo, who posted a video of him speaking with the president on Facebook.

Washington wants to stop Pyongyang from developing nuclear missiles that could hit the United States. North Korea sees its nuclear arsenal as protection against the United States and its partners in Asia.

Trump said he was considering additional sanctions on North Korea, adding that they would be “very strong.” He gave no details and did not make clear whether he meant unilateral or multilateral sanctions.

US officials have said new US steps that would target Chinese banks and firms doing business with Pyongyang are in the works, but these have appeared to be put on hold to give Beijing time to show it is serious about enforcing new UN sanctions.

Trump said he did not want to talk about diplomatic “back channels” with North Korea after US media reports that Joseph Yun, the US envoy for North Korea policy, has engaged in diplomacy for several months with Pak Song Il, a senior diplomat at Pyongyang’s UN mission, on the deteriorating relations and the issue of Americans imprisoned in North Korea.

But Daniel Russel, the former top US diplomat for East Asia until April, said this so-called New York channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and it was not a forum for negotiation.

“It’s never been a vehicle for negotiations and this doesn’t constitute substantive US-DPRK dialogue,” he said, using the acronym for North Korea’s formal name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The annual joint US-South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman.

Trump’s latest comments were a continuation of days of incendiary rhetoric, including his warning on Tuesday that the United States would unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it threatened the United States.

Amid the heated words, South Koreans are buying more ready-to-eat meals that could be used in an emergency and the government is going to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for August 23. Hundreds of thousands of troops and huge arsenals are arrayed on both sides of the tense demilitarised zone between the two Koreas.

Syria attacks: Autopsies ‘confirm chemical weapons used’ by Dictator Assard on his own people.Look into the child’s eyes you cowards.

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The autopsies, conducted on three victims by Turkish doctors, provide the most concrete evidence to date for why more than 80 civilians – including about 30 children – were killed. The chemical used was most likely the deadly nerve agent sarin, the Turkish Health Ministry said.

“According to the preliminary results, the findings suggest that the patients were exposed to a chemical substance [Sarin],” the statement said.

Sarin is 20 times as deadly as cyanide. Within seconds of exposure noses run, tears form, mouths drool and vomit. If exposed to a high concentration, victim will convulse, become paralysed and die within 10 minutes.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the World Health Organisation supervised the autopsies and that the results were sent to The Hague for further analysis.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem rejected the findings from Turkey, denying the government had used chemical weapons in the past and maintained that it never would.

At least 86 people were killed in the attack on the Syrian north-western town of Khan Sheikhoun, according to a tally from the health department in rebel-held Idlib Province, the New York Times reports. But the toll may not include victims evacuated to Turkey for treatment who have since died.

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Meanwhile, demonstrations have erupted in London, New York, Los Angeles and parts of the United States against US President Donald Trump’s order to fire 59 missiles at a Syrian airbase early on Friday morning following the chemical attack.

The Syrian army claimed nine civilians, including four children, were killed in Friday’s aerial assault which, according to the Pentagon, were aimed at planes, depots and air-defence systems at the Shayrat Airfield.

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The field, between Damascus and Homs, was hit with Tomahawk missiles fired from the USS Porter and USS Ross, two destroyers in the Mediterranean.

A statement from the Syrian army command described the attack as an act of “blatant aggression”, saying it had made the United States “a partner” of Islamic State, the ex-Nusra Front and other “terrorist organisations”.

The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, has called the US missile strike against the air base in central Homs “reckless” and “irresponsible”, Associated Press reported.

Only hours after the attack, two war planes took off from the central Syrian airbase and carried out bombing raids nearby, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, targeting territory controlled by IS.

A Syrian military source told Agence France-Presse that Syria’s armed forces were warned about possible US military action hours before the strike and a number of airplanes were moved to other areas. US officials said Russia’s military in Syria were informed beforehand in order to avoid casualties, AFP said.

This is the first time the US has directly targeted Assad’s forces. The Obama administration threatened to attack after previous chemical attacks, but did not.

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From his his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump said his decision had been prompted in part by what he called failures by the world community to respond effectively to the Syrian civil war.

“Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen, and the region continues to destabilise, threatening the United States and its allies.”

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But United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to parties involved in the Syrian conflict for calm to avoid adding to the suffering.

“Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people,” he said.

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The situation in Syria now “amounts to an international armed conflict” following the US missile strikes, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Any military operation by a state on the territory of another without the consent of the other amounts to an international armed conflict,” ICRC spokeswoman Iolanda Jaquemet said in Geneva.

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“So according to available information – the US attack on Syrian military infrastructure – the situation amounts to an international armed conflict.”

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the US missile strikes “violations of the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext”.

US allies around the world expressed support, if sometimes cautiously, of Washington’s strikes on Syria.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the strikes sent “a vitally important message” that the world would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons. “The retribution has been proportionate and it has been swift,” he said. “We support the United States in that swift action.”

Britain, France and Japan all expressed support.

“The UK government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” a British government spokesman said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged an investigation into who was responsible for the chemical attacks before the US strike, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail.

“There are continuing questions…that’s why I’m impressing on the United Nations Security Council to pass a strong resolution that allows the international community to determine first of all who was responsible for these attacks and how we will move forward,” he said.

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Chicago: Six people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the number of murders this year climbed to nearly 200 above the same period last year.

Six people were shot in just one hour between 4am and 5am on Sunday – an average of one person shot every 10 minutes, according to according to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune.

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Chicago: 37 people shot in one weekend

Last weekend in Chicago, 6 people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings, as gun violence continues to soar in the US city.

The hour ended with the city’s most recent homicide. At 5am on Sunday, 29-year-old Jason Balboa was found with several gunshot wounds near 28th Street and Pulaski Road in Little Village. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead a few hours later.

The last shooting on the weekend was reported around 7.45pm on Sunday when a 16-year-old boy was wounded in the Gresham neighbourhood.

Extended overnight periods without gun violence have been relatively rare since last winter, say police.

It’s ‘normal’ weekends like this one – combined with mass shootings like at those in Florida and Dallas – that prompted the American Medical Association earlier this year to call gun violence a “public health crisis”

The AMA, which lobbies on behalf of doctors, urged that Congress fund research into the problem.

Its president, Dr Steven Stack, called gun violence crisis “unrivalled in any other developed country.”

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Some of the many guns confiscated by Chicago police. Photo: AP

“With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theatres, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence,” he said.

In some parts of Chicago, gun violence is the norm. So far this year, there have been at least 614 murders in the city, with at least 3,560 people wounded as a result of gun shots.

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Autumn Dawson lost her brother, Deionte Harris, to gun violence on the South Side of Chicago last year. Photo: AP

This time last year, there were 416 homicides and at least 2,495 people shot.

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This October 23 photo shows militants of Islamic State as they stand next to the explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir Hill near the Turkish border, at Yumurtalik village.

This October 23 photo shows militants of Islamic State as they stand next to the explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir Hill near the Turkish border, at Yumurtalik village. Photo: AFP
Beirut: US-led air strikes in Syria have killed more than 1000 jihadists in the past three months, nearly all of them from the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

“At least 1171 have been killed in the Arab and international air strikes (since September 23), including 1119 jihadists of the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra Front,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and medics across the war-ravaged country for its information.

Among those killed were 1046 members of the IS group, which has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria and is the main target of the US-led air strikes.

Targeted: Islamic State fighters are being hit each day by US-led air strikes.
Seventy-two of those killed were members of al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front, while another was a jihadist prisoner whose affiliation was unknown, the Observatory said in a statement.

The remaining 52 were civilians.

IS has declared a “caliphate” in the parts of Iraq and Syria that it has overrun, and its militants have been accused of widespread atrocities, including beheading Western hostages.

Three French Mirage fighter jets land in a base in Jordan to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Three French Mirage fighter jets land in a base in Jordan to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group. Photo: AFP
Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide: Amnesty

Baghdad: Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate also encompassing parts of neighbouring Syria, and carried out a litany of abuses in both countries.

Saudi Arabian air force pilots take part in a strike mission against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Saudi Arabian air force pilots take part in a strike mission against Islamic State targets in Syria.
The group has targeted Yazidis and other minorities in north Iraq in a campaign that rights group Amnesty said amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death.

“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children – girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser, said in a statement.

Amnesty said that many of the perpetrators are IS fighters, but may also include supporters of the group.

Smoke rises during air strikes on Kobane seen from the Turkish-Syrian border.

Smoke rises during air strikes on Kobane seen from the Turkish-Syrian border. Photo: AFP
A 19-year-old named Jilan committed suicide out of fear she would be raped, Amnesty quoted her brother as saying.

A girl who was held with her but later escaped confirmed the account, saying: “One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes. Jilan killed herself in the bathroom.”

“She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful; I think she knew she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.”

Women and girls from the Yazadi and Christian minorities in Iraq have been captured and used as sex slaves by Islamic State forces. Here displaced people from the<br /><br />
Yazidi sect flee the Islamic State in Sinjar.

Women and girls from the Yazadi and Christian minorities in Iraq have been captured and used as sex slaves by Islamic State forces. Here displaced people from the Yazidi sect flee the Islamic State in Sinjar. Photo: Reuters
Another former captive told the rights group that she and her sister tried to kill themselves to escape forced marriage, but were stopped from doing so.

“We tied… scarves around our necks and pulled away from each other as hard as we could, until I fainted… I could not speak for several days after that,” Wafa, 27, told the rights group.

Amnesty also recounted the story of 16-year-old Randa, who was abducted with her family and raped by a man twice her age.

Treated like chattel by Islamic State ... A refugee girl from the minority Yazidi sect stands on a muddy path outside tents during wintry weather at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria.

Treated like chattel by Islamic State … A refugee girl from the minority Yazidi sect stands on a muddy path outside tents during wintry weather at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria. Photo: Reuters
“It is so painful what they did to me and to my family,” Randa said.

Rovera said: “The physical and psychological toll of the horrifying sexual violence these women have endured is catastrophic.

“Many of them have been tortured and treated as chattel. Even those who have managed to escape remain deeply traumatised.”

Kurdish refugees sit on the side of the road after fleeing Kobane.

Kurdish refugees sit on the side of the road after fleeing Kobane. Photo: AFP
A US-led coalition has been carrying out a campaign of air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria in an attempt to halt the group’s advance.

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(Reuters) – Using toy guns, a 12-year-old boy and his 13-year-old accomplice tried to rob a bank in Israel but fled without any cash after apparently losing their nerve, police said on Thursday.

Security camera footage showed the boys, wearing hooded sweatshirts, entering the bank in Rishon Lezion, a suburb of Tel Aviv on Wednesday. One had a schoolbag on his back and what appeared to be a rifle in his hand.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said both were carrying fake M-16 assault rifles and that they shouted “this is a holdup”.

“They were toy guns but they looked real. The people in the bank were scared, but then the suspects ran out without taking any money,” he said, adding that police were able to identify the pair from the security footage and later arrested them.

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MH17 fuselage section discovered by OSCE-led an Australian and Malaysian team at the crash site.

Clearly frustrated by the slow rate at which foreign experts are visiting the site, Bukiurkiw said: “We’re recording a lot of random fuselage and personal belongings. It is striking, even for hardened professionals, to encounter a section of the aircraft that you don’t recognise and then there is a passenger’s seat and a child’s game.”

After the team had spent about five hours in three different sections of the sprawling crash scene that foreign experts were visiting for the first time, the OSCE official pointed to a large clump of trees, saying: “Some of the finds over there are extraordinary… and the Malaysians who were with us observed that the heat was so intense that the aluminium wing sections of this 17-year-old aircraft actually melted.”

Seeming to imply that others were not doing their job, Mr Bukiurkiw said of his small, operational ground force: “We continue to do our job; we record what we find and we report it to the appropriate individuals.”

MH17 investigation continues in Ukraine

Seventy-four more coffins are transported to the Netherlands, as the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines crash continues.

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Hrabove, Ukraine: The first Australian investigators to visit the MH17 crash site near here were in a small investigative party that discovered new sections of the crashed Malaysian Airways aircraft and human remains that had been overlooked in earlier, much-criticised sweeps of the area.

The three Australians – two diplomats and a forensic expert – refused to talk to reporters. But an official of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Bukiurkiw, said after guiding them through the crash site: “We found human remains yesterday and more again today.”

Thursday’s finds – including a substantial section of the fuselage with windows and seats intact – were made as huge combine harvesters worked their way through crops in the fields up and down the crash site. The harvesting continues apace, despite renewed concern that as many as 100 of the 298 passengers and crew from Flight MH17 remain unaccounted for.

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Inside the section of fuselage, peeled open in a dense thicket of trees.

Asked why newly discovered human remains were being flagged, but not collected, he said: “We’re covering a lot of ground with a small group of people.”

He said that access to the rebel-controlled site was getting better day by day and while diplomatically side-stepping questions as to why he and his colleagues could be on the ground while governments around the world worried about the safety of their crash investigative teams, he said pointedly: “The Malaysians told us they feel safe…and there are people better placed than us to do this work.

“I don’t know why the investigators are not here – you’ll have to ask them.”

He described security in the crash zone as ‘very fluid’ – “but we are doing frequent analysis, based on input from very good people.”

The Australians had advised him that they were in the area just for a day to make an assessment.

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‘I haven’t come across a single wallet or mobile’

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Journalist at the MH17 crash scene gives a harrowing account of death and looting.

Walking around the crash site of the ill-fated MH17, freelance photojournalist Filip Warwick witnessed the lives of nearly 300 victims frozen in time.

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“I saw one or two passengers still strapped into their seats,” he told Fairfax Media from Donetsk province, the epicentre of the pro-Russian movement and the region in which the Malaysia Airlines flight fell.

MH17: ‘justice’ demands thorough investigation

Crash investigators face almost unsurmountable challenges, but for the sake of the 298 victims, they must try, says retired US transport investigator Hank Hughes.

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Ukrainian coal miners sift through flower fields in the grim search for remains. Photo: AP

“It’s a very grim sight out there.

“So many bodies are beyond recognition, and then there are one or two with barely a scratch and then other cases just bones.”While Ukraine has invited international aviation representatives to assist with the investigation of the MH17 crash, actually getting those representatives to the site is a separate challenge, said Warwick.”They can arrive to Kiev, but it’s another matter altogether of having them actually access the site itself,” he said.

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Members of the public and pro-Russian separatists have been able to access the crash site without restrictions, raising fears the site has been contaminated. Photo: AP

“In terms of the area itself there are a number of checkpoints. Even to get here from Donetsk itself you have to go through six or seven checkpoints.”

Warwick’s arrival at the scene came in the first few hours before there was any security presence, and he believes he saw strong evidence that looting was already well underway.

“I noticed that I hadn’t come across a single wallet with money, or a mobile phone or a camera. They’ve all mysteriously gone missing.”

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A pro-Russian separatist holds up a stuffed toy found at the crash site

Among the shocks for Warwick was the almost complete lack of official presence or signs of investigation, noting: “The place hadn’t yet been roped off.”

When he arrived he said villagers, locals and journalists were walking around stepping on wings and over the wreckage.

Speaking with Fairfax Media more than 24 hours after a surface-to-air-missile struck flight MH17, he noted the absence of organised disaster recovery procedures, such as a “grid”.

“The grid is to make sure you have nothing left uncovered. You would use a grid to make marks of the location and you would also mark the various pieces of evidence on the ground,” he said.

“So a body would be marked in a particular colour, personal items given a particular colour and plane parts a particular colour. This is standard procedure for any crime scene and this is missing as we speak.”

Dr Geoff Dell, an air crash investigation expert from Central Queensland University, also emphasised the importance of proper investigation protocols such as the setting up of a grid when he spoke with Fairfax Media.

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Men search a field in eastern Ukraine for victims of flight MH17.

Warwick said he believed the absence of such protocols suggested that those on the ground lacked “the know-how” in dealing with such circumstances.

He reported that a group of 10 separatist soldiers were situated slightly off from the crash site, but “they weren’t interacting with anyone and there wasn’t anyone interacting with them.

“The only people you could talk to are the emergency services, who are looking for bodies and they won’t comment,” he said.

Local miners, firemen, fathers and sons have all been seen in the crash area, where bodies are being marked by sticks with white ribbons.

The bodies are reportedly “starting to decompose in the fields”, yet Warwick said there was no indication as to when a recovery operation for the victims would take place.

MH17 tragedy: Chaos at crash scene amid reports of looting

Reports of looting are now emerging from the crash site of MH17 as bodies remain strewn across the area more than 24 hours after the disaster.

Adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Gerashchenko has reported that “terrorists” have begun collecting valuables belonging to the victims of the tragedy.

“Death-hunters collecting Were not Only Cash money and Jewelry of the crashed Boing passengers died but Also the credit cards of the Victims [sic],” he wrote on his Facebook page.

MH17: ‘justice’ demands thorough investigation

Crash investigators face almost unsurmountable challenges, but for the sake of the 298 victims, they must try, says retired US transport investigator Hank Hughes.

Pro-Russian separatists look at passengers’ belongings at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s special monitoring mission for Ukraine, told ABC News Radio that bodies at the crash site were already “starting to decompose in the fields”.

”It is astonishing to go there and this scene with no recovery going on,” Mr Bociukiw said.

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He said there there appeared to be no tampering with bodies at the site except markers were being placed near to them or to body parts. He said debris seemed to still be in place. He said the crash site could be up to six kilometres wide.

”It is a very, very gruesome scene and it boggles the mind that this could go on, we are going into day two or three now,” Mr Bociukiw said.

He said it was disturbing to find no credible leader in the separatist-held area to establish the facts at the site.

The reports come alongside those of a chaotic investigation being conducted among the wheat fields at the crash site.

There have been reports of looting and gunfire at the site of the wreckage. Questions remained about how many bodies were there and the location of the black box. Mr Bociukiw’s delegation needed to find out whether it was safe enough for international experts to begin their investigation into the disaster. He said many of the separatists appeared ”very aggressive”, under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.

”It is kind of the world’s biggest crime scene right now,” Mr Bociurkiw said.

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He said his team had been in touch with Malaysian senior officials whose prime concern was that the bodies were treated in a human way.

”One immediate requirement would be refrigerated trailers – anything where these bodies could be moved – so they don’t continue to lie there, exposed to the elements,” Mr Bociurkiw said.

He said, 25 workers from the OSCE had access to the crash site for just 75 minutes before they were forced to leave. He said a gun shot was fired into the air as they left.

OSCE council chairman, Thomas Greminger told Reuters that workers assessing the scene “did not have the kind of access that they expected. They did not have the freedom of movement that they need to do their job. The crash site is not sealed off”.

Denjen Doroschenko, an Australian journalist working in Ukraine told Fairfax Media in a radio interview that separatist organisations on the ground were “clueless about how to control a disaster area at all”.

Dr Geoff Dell, an air crash investigation expert from Central Queensland University, said in any crash investigation it is critical that all on site know what they are doing.

“The longer it stays unexamined the more likely it gets contaminated, especially when there is people that aren’t really familiar with accident scenes, stomping all over it,” he said.

“The longer that goes on the more likely something you’re looking for is either destroyed, or stolen.”

He referred to Lauda Air Flight 004 which crashed in Thailand in 1991, in which a critical component was never found due to looting.

“Overnight a large percentage of the wreckage was pilfered. Pieces of the airplane that you couldn’t for the life of you think someone would want to steal, were taken,” he said.

Dr Dell said it was crucial that proper protocols were followed, such as protecting the perimeter to keep people out and setting up a grid.

“You draw up a grid so you can set up the relationship with the wreckage and identify exactly where each critical piece of evidence came from,” he said.

Armed guards are reportedly guarding the crash site near Torez, in a remote eastern area of Ukraine, where it is said the typical investigation grid is absent.

Dr Dell said bodies that are still at the scene pose a different risk, as the risk of infection and disease to investigators on the crash scene increases.

“It’s inevitable some contamination will take place during the rescue of removal of the bodies,” he said.

“In other parts of the world there is less awareness of that, and I wouldn’t be surprised given what we’ve seen, if the crash site hasn’t already been substantially altered by the actions of the people in the first response.”

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Jeremy Meeks

But it could be some time before the latest addition to the ridiculously photogenic meme gets to capitalise on his new-found online fame.

Jeremy Meeks is 30, a convicted felon and awaiting trial on weapons charges. He was arrested in Stockton, California with three other men and his bail was set at $US 900,000.

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When marathon runner Zeddie Little was snapped mid-race, an internet meme was born.

The arrest mugshot of Meeks has set the internet ablaze with over 25,000 likes and almost 7000 comments on Facebook in 24 hours.

“Due to a recent increase of shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area, the Stockton Police Department just completed a multi-agency Operation Ceasefire enforcement mission. Through an Operation Ceasefire analysis of the recent shootings, we identified a new active group in the Weston Ranch Area.”

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The posting attracted thousands of complimentary comments.

“This is why we like bad boys. Sometimes they have excellent bone structure. He better have all his teeth! Who cares cause someone out there will buy him some,” wrote one fan.

“Is it wrong to say he’s a hot criminal … I mean his eyes could melt butter and he’d fit right in in Grey’s Anatomy as doctor McFine-as-Hell!” wrote another.

The criminal charges weren’t a deal breaker for everyone.

“Oh wow!!! Yeh well I’ve got a criminal record, maybe we could catch up and compare??” wrote one woman.

But some were more practical.

“Very attractive, but can not do 6x felony rap. I do not do jail, won’t visit I may write a letter three times a year. I have no money for ya books ain’t talking to your lawyer either. So again he is pretty but he may be ugly as hell on the inside! Hopefully, if they do not strike him out he uses his little brains, or looks for good not evil!”

Many of the comments condemned his actions, advised him to seek redemption through religion and urged him to turn his life around.

“Sorry, gorgeous lips and gorgeous eyes. Too bad he wasted his life he could have been a hot model and instead of entertaining himself in the streets he could of been entertaining all these girls out here with his beauty. Hey but its never too late to turn his life around.”

Several have suggested the attention may be a turning point for Meeks, if an agent or Hollywood decides to pay his bail and set him up in an acting or modelling career.

Meeks is one of several people to garner internet attention based on unanticipated good looks, including a Syrian fighter and even one of the right side of the law, a police officer escorting a criminal.

The Stockton Police Department uploaded the photo to its Facebook page accompanied by a note explaining “Operation Ceasefire” in which Meeks was arrested.

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TEENAGER 14YEARS IN INDIA GETS HER THROAT CUT BY PARENTS FOR HONOUR

Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi

Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

An Indian dentist couple were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for slitting the throats of their teenage daughter and servant in a case that transfixed the nation, a lawyer said.

Guilty- Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur

A judge handed the sentence to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were earlier convicted of murdering Aarushi, 14, and Nepalese servant Hemraj Banjade at their home in an affluent New Delhi suburb in 2008.

“It’s life,” independent lawyer Naresh Yadav told a scrum of reporters outside the court in Ghaziabad, a satellite city just outside the capital.

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Joanna Dennehy admitted she killed three men

Joanna Dennehy admitted she killed three men

London: An alleged female British serial killer has admitted murdering three men and dumping their bodies in ditches.

To the shock of her lawyer, 30-year-old Joanna Dennehy admitted on Monday she killed the men, whose bodies were found in March and April riddled with stab wounds.

Her barrister Nigel Lickley told London’s Old Bailey court: “The course of the arraignment is not one we had anticipated.”

Ms Dennehy, who has a star tattooed under her eye, told the judge: “I’ve pleaded guilty, and that’s that.”

The killer also admitted attempting to murder another two men.

Her shock guilty pleas stunned the courtroom.

She appeared alongside her boyfriend Gary Richards, who denied the two attempted murders and three charges of preventing burial.

Mr Richards, who is 2.21 metres tall, also goes by the name of Gary Stretch.

Ms Dennehy further admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of the three murder victims.

The bodies of Kevin Lee, 48, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, were found in ditches on the outskirts of Peterborough.

Police had launched a nationwide manhunt for Ms Dennehy, warning the public not to approach her and describing her as having “a very distinctive green tattoo on her right cheek, beneath her eye”.

Two other defendants, Leslie Layton and Robert Moore, appeared at the hearing by videolink.

Mr Layton, 36, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, while Mr Moore, 55, denied assisting an offender.

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