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CAIRO (Reuters) - EgyptAir will contract two foreign companies, one French and one Italian, to help search for the black boxes of its plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, Egyptian state television said on Wednesday. EgyptAir flight 804 crashed on Thursday with 66 people on board including 30 Egyptians and 15 from France. (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Dominic Evans)
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been freed after nearly two years in a Russian prison and is expected in the Ukrainian capital Kiev shortly, several sources in the Ukrainian presidency told AFP. Savchenko was expected to land in Kiev on Wednesday afternoon, one source told AFP, while two more sources said that the 35-year-old was expected to be decorated by President Petro Poroshenko. Earlier in the day two alleged Russian soldiers, Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, sentenced by Ukraine to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel-held east, left Ukraine, opening the way for a swap with Savchenko, Yerofeyev's lawyer Oksana Sokolovska told AFP.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces on Wednesday with a hardline nationalist who is set to become defence minister, forming a government considered the most right-wing in the nation's history. Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party will add five lawmakers to Netanyahu's previously wafer-thin majority if the coalition deal is given parliamentary approval as expected. Lieberman, who has spoken of harsh measures against Palestinian "terrorists", will take over the key role of defence minister after being sworn in.