Family members of passengers who were on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, cry as they gather to pray Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing today. Photograph: Reuters

It is six months to the day since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on bo(...)

Royal Malay Regiment army personnel in Kuala Lumpur  carry a coffin to a waiting Royal Malaysia Airforce aircraft so it can be flown to the home town of the  victim of the MH17 plane disaster. A flight arrived from Amsterdam this morning carrying the remains of 20 Malaysians who were aboard the flight which was downed over Ukraine last month. Photograph: Azhar Rahim/EPA.

The bodies of 20 Malaysians killed when a jet was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It was the first repatriation of victim(...)

Vladimir Putin: will need to calculate how much hardship ordinary Russians will stomach before questioning Kremlin policies in Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

As the European Union voted in tough sanctions this week aimed at coercing the Kremlin to back down in Ukraine, a group of journalists in Russia’s rem(...)

President Barack Obama  held a video conference call with David Cameron, François Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi about allowing unrestricted access to the site of the downed Malaysian jet. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

The discussion on US president Barack Obama’s 50th telephone call with European leaders on the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks a more synchronised a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to see rapid progress at the EU meeting today. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow’s faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far(...)

More pressure on Russia

Wary that Moscow’s promises of co-operation with inquiries into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and in encouraging separatists into talks(...)

US president Barack Obama after speaking on the Ukraine situation outside the Oval Office of the White House on Monday. He said it was   time for the Russian leader to “get serious” about trying to resolve the hostilities in Ukraine. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Barack Obama heaped further pressure on Russia on Monday, urging the country’s leader Vladimir Putin to stop Moscow-backed separatists in Uk(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US has said that it could not rule out Moscow having a role in helping separatists launch the missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines jet o(...)

Chris Beyrer (centre), president-elect of the International Aids Society, after reading a statement today outside the venue where the 20th International Aids Conference is to be held in Melbourne, Australia. Several delegates set to attend the conference were travelling on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine with all lives lost. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Those working in HIV and Aids research and involved in efforts to improve treatment access in the developing world are struggling to comprehend the lo(...)

Luggage and belongings are seen near the site of Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine is likely to pay out relatively quickly if the cause of the crash is determined, but obs(...)

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