An international team of prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said on Tuesday it had identified "persons of interest". The statement followed the publication earlier in the day of the final report on the cause of the crash by the Dutch Safety Board, which found that the plane was probably downed by a Russian-built missile.
Iraq has started bombing Islamic State targets with help from a new intelligence center that has staff from Russia, Iran and Syria, the head of parliament's defense and security committee said on Tuesday. The center, which includes six staff from each country, has been operational for approximately one week, Hakim al Zamili, a leading Shi'ite politician, told Reuters. Iraq's air force bombed a convoy this week that was thought to be carrying Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, based on information from the center, said Zamili.
BERLIN (AP) — Kirill Petrenko will take over as chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2019, and will do the new job alongside his existing role as the Bavarian State Opera's musical director for the first year.