US President Barack Obama on Friday squarely blamed Russia and its President Putin for the outrageous shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines civilian flight that killed 298 people, saying separatists in Ukraine who brought down the plane could not have done it without Russian support, training, and arms.

At a White House press conference, President Obama, despite saying he did not want to "get ahead of the facts," repeatedly put Russia and its leadership in the dock for their backing of Ukraine's pro-Moscow separatists. Beyond the Malaysian Airlines tragedy, it is not possible for separatists to shoot down so many planes, including fighters, without sophisticated equipment and training; and that is coming from Russia, Obama maintained.

On the July 16, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in eastern Ukraine. This awful catastrophe caused death of 298 people, 80 children among them. Whatever the geopolitical framework surrounding the event, this is an awful human tragedy. A tragedy numerous families share.

The worst of any international tragedies is brought out when some people or even whole governments try to speculate on a disaster, while pursuing their own interests and goals. What was the Ukrainian reaction that came right after the crash was announced? It was a call for a NATO and U.S. ground military operation against the rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

Malaysia is demanding immediate and unrestricted access to the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site and guaranteed safety for its officials and those of the joint international investigation team.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia also demanded that all human remains be allowed to be recovered, identified and repatriated.

He said Kuala Lumpur was deeply concerned that the international team was effectively being prevented from entering the crash site.

Penyandang jawatan nombor dua dalam parti Timbalan  Presiden PKR, Mohamed Azmin Ali mendahului dua pencabarnya Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim dan Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail dalam pemilihan PKR 2014.

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Mohamed Azmin didepan dengan memperolehi 21,066 undi, sementara Abdul Khalid 17, 608 undi manakala Saifuddin memperoleh 9,944 undi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has one last chance to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Dutch prime minister said on Saturday. 

More than half the passengers aboard the flight, which crashed near a village in eastern Ukraine, were Dutch citizens, and images of recognisably Dutch personal belongings and passports strewn across the crash site have shocked the Dutch public.

"I was shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behavior at this tragic spot. It's revolting," Mark Rutte said,.