KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
A US judge on Thursday delayed until August 4 the sentencing of disgraced Indonesian wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan for manufacturing and selling fake vintages for millions of dollars. Kurniawan, 37, was convicted last December of blending and selling hundreds of fake bottles of wine, as well as fraudulently obtaining a $3 million loan. US judge Richard Berman had been due to sentence the fraudster Thursday, but delayed it a fourth time pending clarification on the number of victims and amount he defrauded them. Government prosecutors say he hoodwinked more than 10 victims out of more than $20 million.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.