A Malaysian airliner has been brought down over eastern
Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising
the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels
in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.
The Chiefs have kept their hopes of three consecutive Super
Rugby titles alive with a win at Eden Park tonight which owed
much to their ruthlessness in the wet and windy conditions
and a fair bit to a Blues team who were anything but.
Heavy rain battered a wide swathe of Japan, sending rivers
over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened
but still dangerous storm made landfall and headed east,
leaving three people dead.