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MH17 Pierced By ‘High-Energy Objects,’ Investigators Into Crash Find

By Dpa Correspondents, dpa AMSTERDAM — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 broke up in the air probably after being hit “by a large number of high-energy objects,” a preliminary Dutch report on the crash showed on Tuesday. Images of the MH17 wreckage show that it was pierced in numerous places from the outside, causing the Boeing […]

September 9, 2014

Fears Over Russian Troop Increase At Ukraine Border

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Fears that Russia was massing troops on Ukraine’s border grew on Wednesday ahead of a visit by NATO’s secretary general, as an air strike hit the main eastern city where Kiev troops are besieging rebels. NATO and Poland both warned that Russia may be gearing up to invade its former Soviet […]

August 6, 2014

EU Readies New Russia Sanctions As Fighting Blocks MH17 Probe

Brussels (AFP) – The EU was set to approve punishing sanctions against Russia Tuesday over its role in the Ukraine crisis, as fighting in the strife-torn east again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. For the third day running, an unarmed team of Dutch and Australian police ditched plans […]

July 29, 2014

European Allies No Help In Dealing With Putin

Even if it accomplishes nothing else, calling Vladimir Putin nasty names makes us feel a little better. Thug, megalomaniac, liar, war criminal, mass murderer — those are just the printable ones. If only the Russian president cared what the rest of the world says (or thinks) about him. He doesn’t, and why should he? Among […]

July 29, 2014

Obama In Calls To Rutte, Abbott Over MH17 Crash Site

Washington (AFP) — U.S. President Barack Obama joined with the leaders of Australia and the Netherlands to demand full access to the crash site of flight MH17. Speaking in telephone calls with Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, the leaders agreed to work for a full investigation into the shooting down […]

July 25, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Obama Shot Down Another Plane, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Billy Johnson In May, the NRA attempted to reach out to a younger audience by launching a new “Freestyle” network designed to reverse […]

July 25, 2014

First MH17 Bodies Arrive In Bereft Netherlands

Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) – The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in individual […]

July 23, 2014

White House Rebuffs Criticism Of Obama Fundraising Trip

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama left Washington Tuesday for a round of West Coast fundraising, with opponents questioning the trip’s timing amid a proliferation of global crises. The trip to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in which Obama will help raise money for Democrats campaigning in November’s mid-term elections, has elicited sharp […]

July 23, 2014

Dutch To Recover MH17 Bodies From Morgue Train

Kharkiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – Dutch experts on Tuesday prepared to take custody of some 280 bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as a train carrying the remains arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Rebels controlling the crash site released the morgue train under intense international pressure, finally allowing a great majority of […]

July 22, 2014

Global Anger Mounts Over Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

GRABOVE (Ukraine) (AFP) – Global outrage and shock mounted Friday after the apparent shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over strife-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people on board as questions swirled as to who was behind the tragedy. Local emergency crews picked through horrific carnage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, […]

July 18, 2014