Tuesday 22 July 2014
 
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DOWNED PLANE: Investigators face tough task

As international investigators head to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to piece together what, and who, caused a Malaysian airliner to plunge into the steppe, securing evidence in the middle of a war zone is a major challenge. Proving what happened beyond doubt and to the satisfaction

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Israel steps up Gaza offensive; toll mounts

Israel has warned that it could "significantly widen" a Gaza land offensive but was cautioned by its main ally, the United States, about the risks of further escalation as Palestinian civilian deaths mounted. Palestinian officials said 58 Palestinians, at least 15 of th

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Iran, powers extend nuclear talks by 4 months

Iran and six powers agreed to continue talking for four more months after failing to meet a July 20 deadline to reach a deal on curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for ending sanctions, enabling Tehran to access $2.8 billion of frozen cash. But US officials warned t

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Aviation safety in focus as some airlines avoided Ukraine

Airlines including Qantas Airways and Air Berlin altered their flight paths months ago to avoid Ukrainian air space after fighting flared up in the region, raising questions about why others did not do the same.   The issue

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173 Dutch die in Ukraine plane crash

The number of Dutch passengers on the Malaysian airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine totalled 173, a statement from Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai showed on Friday.   That was higher than indicated earlier.   There

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World seeks answers for airliner downed over Ukraine

World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.  

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154 Dutch die in Ukraine plane crash

The Dutch prime minister has ordered that flags fly at half mast at government buildings across the country after the death of at least 154 of his country's citizens in what he said might be the worst air disaster in the Netherlands' history. The Dutch were among 298 pass

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Libyan militia reach deal to end airport battle

A Libyan militia battling a rival armed group over control of the country's biggest airport is ready for a peaceful solution after five days of heavy fighting, a spokesman said, hours after shells hit the terminal building. The news, if confirmed by the rival militia, would b

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Time Warner win would make Murdoch US media king

Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox made an audacious offer for Time Warner that if it succeeds would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old's status as the most powerful magnate in US media and entertainment. While Time Warner, whose asse

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Israel launches Gaza ground offensive

Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives. Israel signalled the invasion would be limited in scope - target

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