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Kerry goes to Cairo seeking immediate ceasefire
Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 21 -- 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Cairo early today for crisis talks on Gaza, following President Barack Obama's call for an immediate ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians.
 
The US top diplomat is scheduled to meet with senior officials from Egypt and other countries, the State Department said, in a bid to halt a blistering land, sea and air assault that has sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing their homes....

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US & Australia want unimpeded probe on MH17 crash
Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 21 -- 2014: There must be a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international investigation into the crash of MH17, US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott said in their telephone conversation yesterday evening, China's Xinhua news agency reported. "The two leaders also...

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UN calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll tops 500
Monday, July 21, 2014

GAZA CITY (Palestinian Territories): The UN Security Council called for an "immediate ceasefire" as Israel pressed on with a blistering assault on Gaza on Monday taking the Palestinian death toll above 500.
 
US President Barack Obama echoed the call in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu early Monday, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region to join true efforts....

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Grim trawl for bodies at MH17 crash site
Friday, July 18, 2014

GRABOVE, July 18 -- 2014: A guidebook on Bali and a children's card game lie amid the debris of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as emergency workers pick through the grisly carnage of the vast crash site, recovering corpse after corpse.
 
Painstakingly, fire fighters make their way through the wreckage, stopping here and there to plant sticks tied with white rags to identify the location of some of the 298 victims....

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OSCE calls crisis meeting on MAS crash
Friday, July 18, 2014

VIENNA, July 18 -- 2014: The OSCE, which has been monitoring the security situation in eastern Ukraine, has called a crisis meeting today to discuss the Malaysia Airlines crash.
 
"A special Permanent Council meeting is taking place... today at 12:30 pm Vienna time (1030 GMT) on the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine," the organisation said in a statement....

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MH17: The aircraft had a clean maintenance record
Friday, July 18, 2014

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) in its latest statement says that the B777-200 aircraft bearing registration no. 9M-MRD that operated MH17 on 17 July, 2014 had a clean maintenance record.  "The aircraft had a clean bill of health," the statement read. MAS said: "The aircraft’s last maintenance check was on 11 July 2014. The next check was due on 27 Aug 2014....

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MH17: International Aids Society says members are onboard
Friday, July 18, 2014

UPDATE: The International Aids Society confirms on Friday that some of its members are onboard of the flight MH17. In a statement, IAS said: "The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were...

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MH17: 298 onboard, flight route was declared safe by IATA
Friday, July 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) in its latest statement today says that the MH17 was carrying a total number of 298 people, as opposed to ealier report which stated 295. It also stated that MH17 which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was on the usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)....

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Malaysia sending team to Ukraine; wants free passage to crash site
Friday, July 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 -- 2014: A Malaysian investigation team is on the way to Ukraine, as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak calls for free passage to the remote crash site that is said to be under the control of pro-Russia separatists.
 
Included in the team are medical and disaster assistance personnel.
 
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MAS' MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur shot down in Ukraine (updated)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

MORE UPDATES: Malaysia Airlines in its press statement confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border. "Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam...

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