Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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An international team of investigators says detailed analysis of video images has established that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

The Dutch National Police said today the missile was from the Russian military's anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk.

The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when it was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17th, 2014.

All 298 people on board were killed, including one Canadian -- 24-year-old medical student Andrei Anghel from Ajax, Ontario.

Russia has always denied involvement in the downing of the jet. (3)



Evacuations from a remote Manitoba First Nation threatened by a raging forest fire are taking longer than expected.

Heavy smoke has been preventing planes from landing.

Amik Aviation says its pilots must use float planes to land on the water and pick up people in boats, since the fire is too close to the airport.

There are reports that 11 homes have burned down in the fly-in community of Little Grand Rapids.

So far only about 60 people have been brought out and the rest have taken shelter at a school as the 200-square-kilometre fire creeps closer. (3)



A northern Ontario Indigenous community is to release a study today on health impacts linked to eating mercury-contaminated fish.

Grassy Narrows First Nation says the report includes recommendations for government actions to support improving local health and well-being.

Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system for half a century, since a paper mill upstream in Dryden, Ontario dumped nine-thousand kilograms of the substance into the river systems in the 1960s.

The Ontario government has pledged to spend 85-million dollars on cleaning up the mill site and the federal government has committed to funding a treatment centre. …

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