Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border
MOSCOW — The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.
Ukrainian forces are trying to close in on the rebels, cutting them off from the border with Russia which Kiev believes is the source of arms and reinforcement. Moscow has vehemently denied a role in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government troops which has left more than 400 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.
International observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Friday were traveling to inspect the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane and to search for more bodies. Human remains are still being found at the crash site more than a week after the plane went down.
All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — most of them Dutch citizens — were killed when the plane was shot down on July 17. U.S. officials said the Boeing 777 was probably downed by a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels, likely by accident.
Losing Indonesia presidential candidate files suit
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s losing presidential candidate filed complaints to the Constitutional Court on Friday, alleging that widespread irregularities at the polls damaged his chances of victory in the country that is Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
The verdict is expected in August, but most analysts don’t expect the election outcome to change. Outside observers found the vote to be generally free and fair with minimal abnormalities.
The declared winner, Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, known to most as “Jokowi,” received nearly 71 million votes, or 53 percent, according to final results released by the Election Commission this week. The Suharto-era general Prabowo Subianto got 62.5 million votes, or 47 percent.
Muhammad Mahendradatta, one of Subianto’s lawyers, told reporters that millions of votes cast for the ex-general were lost, the latest allegations made by his campaign since he withdrew shortly before the result was announced.
Constitutional Court official Kasianur Sidauruk said the case would be heard by Aug. 6 and the verdict would come Aug. 21. The ruling cannot be appealed.
Indonesia was voting in its third direct presidential election after emerging from dictatorship, and defeated candidates in the previous two elections also challenged the results in the court, but failed.
— Compiled from The Associated Press