Russian state television has released a satellite photograph that it
claims shows that a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17. But the U.S. government dismissed the report as preposterous
and online commentators called the photo a fake.
All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when it was shot down July 17 over a rebel-held area of Ukraine. Ukraine and the West have blamed the attack on Russia-backed rebels using a ground-to-air missile.
The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring
the comet's surface and returned plenty of data before depleted
batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said
"All of our instruments could be operated and now it's time to see what we got," ESA's blog quoted lander manager Stephan Ulamec as saying.
Two survivors of a mass slaying by Mexican soldiers who have been jailed
for weapons possession are innocent and should be released immediately,
the outgoing president of the National Commission on Human Rights says.
Raul Plascencia told The Associated Press that the two women, who his commission says were tortured and sexually threatened into backing the army's version of the incident, were not affiliated with the 22 suspected gang members who were killed. Rather, they were prostitutes hired to accompany a leader of the group that met in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico on June 29. The leader was one of two men who escaped from the troops early on June 30.