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Kiev can't guarantee safe passage to crash site
Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK -- September 25, 2014: Kiev cannot guarantee safe passage for an international investigation team to enter the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine last July because it is unsafe. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday here that this was conveyed to him by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk when they met at the United Nations....

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More US-led strikes in Syria & Iraq
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BEIRUT -- September 24, 2014: A US-led coalition launched raids against jihadists near an embattled Syrian Kurdish town and an area on the Iraqi border, Syrian state media and a monitor said today.
 
"The US-led international coalition to fight terrorism launched air strikes this morning against (local) headquarters of the Islamic State in Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border," state news agency SANA reported....

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Vatican's former ambassador under house arrest for sexually abusing boys
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Sept 24 – The Vatican has placed its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children.
 
The former archbishop was defrocked in June after a Church tribunal found him guilty of abusing Dominican boys.
 
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Muslims terrorised in Australia
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Australia's Islamic leadership called for restraint on Wednesday as it emerged that Muslims and mosques had been targeted in a backlash over fears about potential terror attacks. Lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh from the Islamophobia Register told reporters that in recent days a pig's head had been impaled on a cross, mosques vandalised and threatening messages spray-painted on property and cars....

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Australian police shoot dead 'known terror suspect'
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Police have shot dead a "known terror suspect" who stabbed two officers, a day after the Islamic State group called for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians, officials said Wednesday.
 
The 18-year-old, reportedly associated with the Islamic group Al-Furqan, was killed on Tuesday evening, having arrived at a police station on the outskirts of Melbourne to attend a "routine" interview....

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US too late on Syria
Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON -- September 22, 2014: The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defence secretary Leon Panetta. It comes after the United States Congress on Thursday passed Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants who have overrun vast areas of Iraq and Syria....

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PM quits as Shiite rebels seize Yemen government HQ
Monday, September 22, 2014

SANAA -- September 21, 2014: SHIITE rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters today and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.
 
Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being autocratic, senior officials said.
 
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MH17: Families of German victims to sue Ukrainian Govt and President
Monday, September 22, 2014

Berlin - Relatives of German victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country's airspace, a lawyer said Sunday.
 
Elmar Giemulla, an attorney and professor of aviation law who is representing three German families, said he would file suit soon before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. ...

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Malaysia surprised and disappointed by suicide theory concerning flight MH370
Saturday, September 20, 2014

I am surprised and disappointed that a reputable media such as the Huffington Post UK could publish unproven claims by a New Zealand-based air accident investigator that the pilot of flight MH370 committed suicide, ultimately killing everyone on board the plane.
 
Ewan Wilson’s theory regarding Captain Zaharie Shah’s mental condition has no basis whatsoever but only manages...

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Australian coast at risk of sea level rise
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MELBOURNE, Sept 17 - More than A$200 billion (US$181.35 billion) of Australia's coastal infrastructure is at risk if the worst-case scenario of sea level rises comes true, an environmental group says.
           
Australia's Climate Council's latest report warns of damage to roads, rail lines, hospitals, commercial properties, homes, ports and power stations with a 1.1 metre sea rise by the end of the century....

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