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Ukraine suspends attacks to let investigators reach Malaysian jet crash site

Ukraine suspends attacks to let investigators reach Malaysian jet crash site

July 31, – As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian […]

July 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine, as 26 killed by artillery

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine, as 26 killed by artillery

July 29, – Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed. Fighting also raged elsewhere […]

July 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Rebels claim Ukraine forces now controls part of MH17 site

Rebels claim Ukraine forces now controls part of MH17 site

July 28, – Ukraine’s army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime. After explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to access the east Ukraine […]

July 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
UN rights chief says downing of Malaysian jet ‘a possible war crime’

UN rights chief says downing of Malaysian jet ‘a possible war crime’

July 28, – The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile […]

July 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Malaysia Airlines Crash: Dutch PM rules out military mission to secure site

Malaysia Airlines Crash: Dutch PM rules out military mission to secure site

July 27, – The Netherlands on Sunday scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine. Dutch authorities leading the probe into the downing of the passenger airliner carrying 298 people had along with Australia […]

July 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine launches massive military operation to retake Donetsk

Ukraine launches massive military operation to retake Donetsk

July 27, – Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. […]

July 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
France: Police arrested 50 people as Palestinian protesters defy rally ban in Paris

France: Police arrested 50 people as Palestinian protesters defy rally ban in Paris

July 26, – Police arrested around 50 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armour-clad riot squads. The rally, which gathered an estimated 5,000 people in the capital’s Place de la Republique, dispersed after 90 minutes during which police who were targeted with rocks […]

July 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine fights ‘foreign mercenaries’ in its east, says president

Ukraine fights ‘foreign mercenaries’ in its east, says president

July 26, – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday his country was not fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting “foreign mercenaries”, hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels out of several towns and cities. As fighting raged around the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, the Ukrainian leader awarded members of […]

July 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

July 25, – About 1,200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators have marched through Berlin amid high tensions over Israel’s actions in Gaza, while some 700 protesters took part in two counter-demonstrations. Friday’s protests passed without major trouble despite concern in recent days over anti-Semitic rhetoric at demonstrations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Police spokesman Carsten Mueller said […]

July 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris after earlier anti-Semitic outbursts

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris after earlier anti-Semitic outbursts

July 23, – Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest. With banners featuring slogans such as “Boycott Israel” and “Israel Murderer,” demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow […]

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