Just for one minute, not addressing you as representatives of your countries, but as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, just imagine that you first get the news that your husband was killed and then within two or three days you see images of some thug removing the wedding band from their hands. Just imagine that this could be your spouse.
To my dying day, I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult jobs, and that human remains should be used in a political game. If someone here, around the table, talks about a political game, this is the political game that has been played with human remains, and it is despicable. I hope the world will not have to witness this again any time in the future.
Images of children’s toys being tossed around, luggage being opened, and passports including passports of children being shown on television — they are turning our grief and mourning into anger of the whole nation.
Minister Frans Timmermans from the Netherlands on flight MH17 (via frisso—n)
Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam?
Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk?
Dutch national day of mourning for MH17 victims Wednesday
The Netherlands has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the 193 Dutch victims of the flight MH17 crash, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement.
The first bodies recovered from last week’s disaster over rebel-held Ukraine, in which 298 people died, are due to arrive in the Netherlands at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, where they will be met by relatives.
King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and Mr Rutte will also be present at Eindhoven airport for the arrival of the bodies, which will be marked by a minute’s silence, the statement from the justice ministry on Tuesday said.
Flags on public buildings around the country will fly at half mast, Mr Rutte said. Representatives of some of the 10 other nations whose citizens were killed in the crash will also be present.
When Once Upon a Time producers asked their parent company, Disney, for permission to use characters from its 2013 animated megahit Frozen on their ABC fairy-tale mash-up this fall, they expected a chilly response. But Disney let the characters go (let it goooo!), and now fans of both the film and the show are excited - and maybe a tad nervous. Reimagining dusty Disney icons such Prince Charming is one thing, but Frozen is red-hot - the highest - grossing animated film of all time, with a possible sequel in the works.
What is Once planning to do with Disney’s newly crowned royalty, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna?
Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz insist that capturing a faithful live - action version of Frozen’s heroines is their top priority. And relax: There’s no big character twist (like when the series turned Peter Pan into a villain). “We want to do our best to honor what fans loved about that movie”, Horowitz says. (“The Frozen story line will be introduced in this fall’s season 4 premiere and will conclude midway through the season - so these toys are “going back on the shelf”, the producers say, once this are is over.)
The arc will not include a love interest for Elsa, a character praised for giving young fans a Disney Princess with an independent streak. Nor are the producers going to try palling off a live-action incarnation of chatty snowman Olaf. “His story in the movie is so beautiful, the story we want to tell doesn’t involve trying to expand upon that, nor do we think it should”, Horowitz says. And there won’t be any musical elements from the film. So what are the producers planning? Newcomer Elizabeth Lail was cast as adorable Anna, Greek vet Scott Michael Foster as her love interest Kristoff, Fringe alum Georgina Haig as Anna’s ice-wielding sister , Elsa, and Lost veteran Elizabeth Mitchell as, well, Mitchell’s role is a mystery, but the producers say one of the top two fan theories is correct. (She’s either the original Snow Queen or Anna and Elsa’s mother, who was presumed dead in the film.)
Like Frozen, the show will focus on the relationship between Elsa and Anna, and explore the idea that you never give up on the people you love.
"At the end of the day," Kitsis says, "this is really expensive fan fiction."
"For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), [Downey, Jr.’s] Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead."