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Ukraine Crisis


Ukraine Says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down MH17

Josh Levs, Kyung Lah, Holly Yan / CNN
As bodies from Thursday’s air disaster reached a facility Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian government ratcheted up its accusations against Moscow, saying a Russian officer shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine

Alex Altman / Time
The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposes the truth about RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet.

American anger grows over France arms deal with Kremlin

Peter Foster / The Telegraph
As EU foreign minsters meet in Brussels to discuss imposing tougher sanctions against Russia, the US and Britain are ratcheting up pressure on France to suspend a lucrative arms deal with Moscow.

EU Weighs Deeper Sanctions If Russia Fails To Resolve Crisis In Ukraine

Julie Pace / The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama sternly called on Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site.


World News


Iran completes process of eliminating enriched uranium

BBC News

Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.


Boko Haram insurgents kill 100 people as they take control of Nigerian town

The Guardian

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a north-eastern town left undefended by Nigeria‘s military, according to a civil defence spokesman and a human rights advocate.


Indonesia elections: Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo confirmed as next president after official results released

Greg Jennet / Australia Network News

Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of Indonesia’s Presidential election and will take office in October.


US Security News


Army Intelligence System Pulled From Key Test

Ken Dilanian / The Associated Press

Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubles system.

Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

Paul McLeary / Defense News

The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up military involvement in his country on Monday.

9/11 Commission report authors warn nation of cyberattack threats

Adam Goldman / The Washington Post

The authors of the 9/11 Commission report say that after a decade after completing their seminal look at the rise of al-Qaeda,  the threat of terrorism has not waned and the country can ill afford to let its guard down again.

9/11 Commission Report A Decade Later: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn’t

Sam Stein / The Huffington Post

The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, paining an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack.

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