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Bodies leave Ukraine crash site, easing sanctions pressure

Jul 22, 2014

Bodies leave Ukraine crash site, easing sanctions pressure

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday, after the Malaysian Prime Minister reached a deal with the leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area. The aircraft's black boxes, which could hold information about the crash in rebel-held eastern Ukraine but will not pinpoint who did it, would be given to the Malaysian authorities, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, indicating he had bypassed Kiev, which has lost control of much of the east. #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #rco #rch
Ukraine, rebels argue over wreck, Europeans give Putin "last chance"

Jul 19, 2014

Ukraine, rebels argue over wreck, Europeans give Putin "last chance"

HRABOVE/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has accelerated a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers. As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies festered for a third day, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the rebels to cooperate and insisted that a U.N.-mandated investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed a finger at Kiev's military #content #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #typeof-registered #cnt
Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

Jul 19, 2014

Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Restrained Dutch mark air tragedy in sorrow rather than anger

Jul 19, 2014

Restrained Dutch mark air tragedy in sorrow rather than anger

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch nation mourned 189 citizens lost in the Ukrainian air disaster in sorrow rather than anger on Friday, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte held back from pointing the figure of blame. In a country which values restraint and avoids public displays of strong emotion, politicians and media stuck largely to reflecting sombrely on those who died when the Malaysian jet came down on Thursday, including some noted citizens. "The whole of the Netherlands is in deep mourning," said Rutte #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch
Pro-Kremlin media pushes Putin's case over downed Malaysian plane

Jul 19, 2014

Pro-Kremlin media pushes Putin's case over downed Malaysian plane

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Some said Ukrainian jet fighters tailed the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17; others speculated that Kiev's forces mistook it for Vladimir Putin's Russian presidential jet. But while Russia's pro-Kremlin media offered varying accounts of how the Boeing 777 may have been brought down, they agreed on who was responsible: the Ukrainian government. For Moscow, Kiev and pro-Russian separatist rebels alike, the information war to sway public opinion over who is to blame for Thursday's disaster will be crucial to how the crisis in eastern Ukraine develops #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Russia warns against prejudging downed plane inquiry

Jul 19, 2014

Russia warns against prejudging downed plane inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia warned on Friday against any attempts to prejudge an investigation into what brought down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board, raising questions about the role of Ukrainian aviation authorities. At a somber emergency meeting of the U.N. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow

Jul 18, 2014

Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel intensified its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and warned it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians. Palestinian health officials said 35 Palestinians, including a baby, four children and a 70-year-old woman, had been killed since Israel sent ground forces on Thursday into the densely-populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians. The Israeli military said it killed 17 Palestinian gunmen while another 13 surrendered and were taken for questioning after the infantry and tank assault began in the Islamist Hamas-dominated territory #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #typeof-registered #cnt
Russia set to reopen Soviet-era spy post on Cuba - source

Jul 17, 2014

Russia set to reopen Soviet-era spy post on Cuba - source

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has quietly reached a provisional agreement with Cuba on reopening a big Soviet-era base on the Caribbean island from which it spied in the United States, a Russian security source said on Wednesday. Confirming a report in the daily Kommersant newspaper which said the deal was agreed in principle during a visit to Cuba last week by President Vladimir Putin, the source told Reuters: "A framework agreement has been agreed." At the height of the Cold War, the base at Lourdes, just south of the capital Havana, had up to 3,000 personnel and was the biggest centre Moscow operated abroad for gathering intelligence from radio signals. The base, 250 km (150 miles) from the U.S. #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #cnt
Iran, powers seek to agree terms for extending nuclear talks - diplomats

Jul 17, 2014

Iran, powers seek to agree terms for extending nuclear talks - diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers are working to finalise the terms of a likely extension in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme beyond a July 20 deadline and an announcement may come as early as Friday, Western diplomats said. Officials from both sides on Tuesday said it appeared the talks would not yield a breakthrough by the self-imposed target date after two weeks of efforts failed to bridge gaps in positions over a deal intended to end a decade-long dispute. Several diplomats close to the negotiations in Vienna suggested they expected them to resume in September. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Swedish courts upholds arrest warrant for Assange

Jul 16, 2014

Swedish courts upholds arrest warrant for Assange

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish court upheld on Wednesday an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has spent two years at Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault. #Yahoo! #content #wcntn #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt