The first group of international investigators who arrived on the scene of the Malaysian Airlines disaster were involved in a tense standoff with the armed separatists who control the crash site at Grabovo. A unit of heavily armed rebels blocked the 30-strong team from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), cordoning off a large part of the crash site. The inspectors retreated after an hour-long standoff, having been unable to gain access. They were sent on their way by warning shots fired by the rebel unit commander. Full story >>
A rebel is someone who tries to remove a government or leader using force. • Fighting between the rebels and government troops continues in the north.