– A new video appears to show the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit by a missile shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran
– The video further strengthens intelligence reports cited by the US media that an Iranian missile brought down the airliner
– However, Iran has denied firing a missile at the airliner
A recent video that appears to show the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit by a missile before crashing not far from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran has surfaced online.
The Ukrainian International airliner bound for Kyiv crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport in Tehran on Wednesday, January 8, killing all 176 passengers on board.
The video further strengthens intelligence reports cited by the US media that an Iranian missile brought down the airlinerSource: UGC
The video has further strengthened intelligence reports cited by the US media that an Iranian missile brought down the airliner.
The clip shows what seemed like a rocket hitting the plane in midair then followed by a loud explosion.
Aljazeera reports that the video has been verified by Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers and citizen journalists, using geolocation technology and other techniques to establish the video was taken in Parand.
Though it was unclear why that person was recording at the time. Bellingcat reported that there was a possibility that two missiles were fired, prompting the person filming to start recording after hearing the sound of the fired missiles.
However Iran has denied that a missile hit the airliner, it has also asked countries whose citizens were aboard the plane to send representatives to join the process of investigating the black box.
The Washington Post had reported that the victim of the Ukrain plane disaster include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, nine Ukrainian crew members, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.
Meanwhile, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has backed down from more military conflict with Iran.
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Royal Split: Prince Harry expresses great sadness
Britain’s Prince Harry expressed “great sadness” on Sunday at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of separation settlement with the Queen.
“It brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry said in his first remarks on Saturday’s historic agreement, made during a public address and posted on the couple’s Instagram account.
“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he told supporters of his Africa-based charity for youngsters with HIV at an event in London.
The settlement stripped Harry and Meghan of public funding and required them to repay £2.4 million ($3.1 million) of taxpayer’s money spent on renovating their Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle.
Harry was also forced to give up the military titles and patronages he was awarded after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army.
But Harry said he felt “utmost respect” for Queen Elizabeth II.
“It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service.”
“I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and me over the last few months.”
He also hinted at some trepidation at starting a new life away from his royal home. He and Meghan will spend some time in Canada before deciding whether to move to the United States or another country.
“We are taking a leap of faith — thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step,” he said.
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Will Smith and Martins Lawrence named Honorary police officers by Miami City Police Force
Hollywood actors, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, ahead of the release of the new ‘Bad Boys for Life’ movie, were on Sunday honored by the Miami City Police Force for their outstanding contribution to the growth of the entertainment industry in Miami.
Smith has lived and worked in Miami for almost half a century, and the Bad Boys movie Franchise has always been shot in Miami, hence the Miami city police force thought it wise to celebrate and honor Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and handed them ‘keys to the city’ plaque and Miami police force badges while also granting them honorary police officer titles, roles they both played in the Bad Boys film.
Smith took to Instagram to celebrate the achievement .
“Been rockin’ with Miami for over 25 years and today me and @martinlawrence got the keys to the city and were officially made honorary Miami Police officers!! Big thanx @francisxsuarez and @pitbull (happy BDay) for setting us up! #badboysforlife,” the 51-year-old actor shared on Instagram alongside a series of photos and videos of the two men receiving their keys.
In one of the videos, the official who presented Smith, 51, and Lawrence, 54, with the honor also announced that Jan. 12 would be celebrated as the “Bad Boys for Life” day in the city of Miami, which was met by cheers from the crowd.