International investigators are set on Wednesday to start criminal proceedings against suspects in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly five years ago in which 298 people were killed. The Dutch-led international team tasked with assigning criminal responsibility for the plane’s destruction is to inform victims’ families of their progress on Wednesday morning, followed by a media presentation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is fine, after she was seen trembling as she greeted Ukraine’s president on a boiling day in Berlin. Mrs Merkel, 64, was visibly struggling as she stood next to Volodymyr Zelensky while a military band played the two countries’ anthems in the midday sun. The temperatures in the German capital were approaching 30C (86F) at the time.
China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets on hopes that an escalating trade war between the two countries would abate. Trump said on Tuesday that teams from the two sides would begin preparations for the leaders to sit down at the G20 summit in Osaka. China, which previously declined to say whether the two leaders would meet, confirmed the get-together.
Michel Platini, the banned former Uefa president and France football legend, has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption relating to Fifa’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, French justice sources have confirmed. The detention of Platini, who voted for Qatar to host the tournament, represents the first substantial public move in an investigation into the 2022 decision opened two years ago by France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will not nominate acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to hold the position in a permanent capacity. He said Army Secretary Mark Esper will become acting Defense secretary. Earlier on Tuesday, Shanahan released a statement related to a 2010 domestic violence incident involving him and his ex-wife that was reportedly under FBI scrutiny. Shanahan was not charged with any crime and has denied hitting his ex-wife.