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PARIS---Police in the
French capital say they
shot and wounded a
thief with about
(US$135,000) in gold
coins in a rare chase in
the Paris Metro.
The thief had stolen
the gold coins yesterday
afternoon from a shop
after hitting the seller on
the head with a crowbar.
The thief ducked into
the entrance of the
nearby Grands Boule-
vards Metro station after
taking two shelves of
gold coins from the spe-
He fired at a team of
police who pursued him,
and officers fired back,
wounding an arm, police
Ukraine yesterday accused
Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of
destroying evidence to cover up
their guilt in the shooting down
of a Malaysian airliner that has
accelerated a showdown between
the Kremlin and Western pow-
As militants kept international
monitors away from wreckage and
scores of bodies festered for a third
day, Russian President Vladimir
Putin urged the rebels to co-operate.
Moscow denies involvement and
has pointed a finger at Kiev s mil-
The Dutch government, whose
citizens made up more than half the
298 aboard MH17 from Amsterdam,
said it was "furious" at the man-
handling of corpses.
European powers seemed to swing
behind Washington s belief Russia s
separatist allies were to blame. That
might speed new trade sanctions
on Moscow, without waiting for
"He has one last chance to show
he means to help," Dutch Prime
Minister Mark Rutte said after a
telephone call to Putin.
German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, the most powerful figure in
the EU, spoke to Putin yesterday,
urging his co-operation.
Germany, reliant like other EU
states on Russian energy and more
engaged in Russian trade than the
United States, has been reluctant to
escalate a confrontation with
Moscow that has revived memories
of the Cold War.
Ukraine s Western-backed gov-
ernment said it had "compelling
evidence" the battery was not just
brought in from Russia but manned
by three Russian citizens who had
now taken the truck-mounted sys-
tem back over the border.
A team of Malaysian experts flew
in to Kiev yesterday and experts
from Interpol are due there today
to help with the identification of
Dutch, US and other specialists
are being lined up to help in the
GAZA CITY---Israeli bulldozers
demolished more than a dozen tun-
nels yesterday in the Gaza Strip,
and Palestinian authorities reported
intensified airstrikes and shelling
as the death toll from Israel s
ground offensive rose to at least
342 Palestinians. Diplomats strug-
gled to revive a cease-fire.
Israeli soldiers uncovered 34 shafts
leading into about a dozen under-
ground tunnels, some as deep as 30
metres, that could be used to carry
out attacks, the military said.
Still, Palestinian gunmen managed
to infiltrate Israel from Gaza using
another tunnel and killed two Israeli
soldiers and injured several others,
the military said. At least one Pales-
tinian was killed in the clash. Hamas
said 12 of its fighters participated in
It was the second time Palestinians
had used their network of under-
ground tunnels to penetrate Israel
in the current round of fighting.
Israel embarked on its ground offen-
sive late Thursday in part to seek
and destroy the tunnels.
Thirteen heavily armed Palestini-
ans sneaked through a tunnel from
Gaza and emerged inside Israel near
a southern community. The militants
were killed by an Israeli airstrike after
they popped out of the tunnel.
Shimon Daniel, a retired brigadier
general and former head of the Israeli
military s engineer corps, said the
military knew that Hamas had a large
number of tunnels designed to
"I think finding 13 tunnels in such
a short time is a great achievement,"
he told Channel 10 TV.
Gaza Health Ministry spokesman
Ashraf al-Kidra said the new round
of airstrikes raised the death toll from
the 12-day offensive to at least 342
Palestinians, many of them civilians.
Some 50,000 Palestinians are already
staying in United Nations shelters,
according to UNRWA, the UN
refugee agency for Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Min-
ister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has
accused Israel of "barbarism that
surpasses Hitler" during its ground
invasion of Gaza.
Erdogan made the comment dur-
ing a campaign speech in the Black
Sea port city of Ordu.
Erdogan accuses Israel of using
disproportionate force and has said
the operation there has derailed
efforts to normalise Turkish-Israeli
Krishna Maharaj sits for an
interview in Miami Dade coun-
ty jail in Miami, Florida, Octo-
ber 15, 2012.
Lawyers for Maharaj, a British
man serving two life sentences
in Florida for a 1986 double
homicide, filed an appeal on
December 20, 2012, seeking to
have the conviction overturned
based on an affidavit alleging
that Miami police officers
framed an innocent man.
The British businessman who
was jailed in 1987 for a double
murder in Miami said he went
from "living like a prince to
existing like an animal."
Self-made millionaire Krishna
Maharaj, 75, who has consis-
tently denied killing Derrick and
Duane Moo Young in the Florida
city s Dupont Plaza hotel in
1986, spoke in the first episode
of a new series of documentaries
looking at death row cases in
Paris police wound thief with gold loot in Metro
A Palestinian child yesterday walks on debris from a destroyed house,
following an overnight Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza strip.
The death toll from Israel's ground offensive has risen to at least 342
Palestinians. AP PHOTO
Maharaj seeks to overturn
Florida murder conviction
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Emergency workers yesterday load bodies of victims on a truck at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. AP PHOTO
Ukraine, rebels argue over plane wreck
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