A flight operated by Air Algérie carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early on Thursday, the plane’s owner said.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 1.55am GMT the official Algerian news agency said. That means that flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public. Full story

“I expect nothing from the Russian government. What they can do … they can supply weapons, they can send well-trained agents, they can support these guerrillas, but they have to stop and Putin has to realise that enough is enough. This is not the conflict just between Ukraine and Russia. This is an international and global conflict after they shot down MH17.”

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, who has urged President Putin to realise that “enough is enough” and to order the Russia-backed separatists to withdraw immediately from Ukraine. 

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: what we know so far

• Death toll: Authorities have updated the death toll to 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, near the Russian border, to include three infants not counted earlier.

• Crash site: Ukrainian emergency workers have found the plane’s black box flight recorder, AFP has reported. It was earlier believed the recorder had been taken by pro-Russia separatists in the area.

• Audio: Audio was being circulated on social media, apparently released by Ukrainian security services, purporting to be an intercepted conversation of pro-Russia rebels confirming they had shot down a civilian jet.

• Airspace: Air safety experts have criticised Malaysia Airlines for flying over Ukraine airspace but the company maintains that the flight path was deemed safe to travel by civil aviation authorities.

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Malaysia Airlines plane ‘crashes in Ukraine’ - live blog

A passenger jet has reportedly crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area where separatist rebels have been engaging Ukrainian army forces in recent weeks.

The Malaysia Airlines plane, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, apparently had 295 people on board and crashed near the town of Snezhnoe, according to a report from Interfax news agency which could not immediately be confirmed.

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“The injured boy cried in pain as the journalists cleaned and dressed the wound, wrapping a field dressing around his chest. He winced in pain, clearly embarrassed too as a colleague checked his shorts to look for unseen femoral bleeding. A waiter grabbed a table cloth to use as a stretcher, but a photographer took the boy in his arms to carry him to the ambulance.”

The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on Gaza.

A council statement approved on Saturday by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution. Full story here

"A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

A tightening of security at UK airports may remain in place on a permanent basis in the face of a new extremist bomb threat to transatlantic aircraft, Nick Clegg has said as he warned of the dangers posed by a “medieval, violent, revolting ideology”. Full story here 

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An American couple are suing British Airways claiming the airline ruined their holiday by booking them tickets to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of Granada, Spain. Full story here

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Global refugee figure passes 50m for first time since second world war

The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war, an exponential rise that is stretching host countries and aid organisations to breaking point, according to figures released on Friday. Full story 

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A huge sandstorm and record winds has killed at least four people in Tehran, plunging Iran’s capital into darkness during rush hour and forcing thousands to run for cover. Full story here

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