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Australian family hit by both MH17, MH370 tragedies

Sydney - An Australian family has been struck by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies, losing two members of their extended family in the MH17 crash four months after another couple went missing on MH370. Maree and Albert Rizk, who were returning to Melbourne after a month-long holiday in Europe, died Thursday when MH17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Australian […]

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‘Outrage against human decency’ if MH17 shot down: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia’s transport minister said Friday it would constitute an “outrage against human decency” if it is confirmed that flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. “Should this be confirmed, it would contravene international law, and be an outrage against human decency,” Liow Tiong Lai told reporters. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was flying from […]

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Black box found at plane crash site in Ukraine: emergency workers

Grabove, Ukraine (AFP) — Rescue workers at the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine told an AFP reporter Friday that they had found one of the black boxes from the passenger liner. Emergency crews were working through the debris of the downed jet that was spread out across an area stretching for […]

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Malaysia Airlines says changes route for planes

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says that in the wake of the shooting down of one of its passenger jets over Ukraine, it has changed the route it planes will take on flights to and from Europe. The airline said in a statement Friday on its website that all of its European flights […]

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Putin calls for urgent Ukraine crisis settlement after jet crash

Moscow (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for an urgent settlement of the Ukraine crisis as he expressed condolences to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over the Malaysian jet crash. ”The head of Russia stressed that the tragedy once again highlighted the need for an urgent peaceful settlement of the most acute crisis in […]

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Russia reaction to jet crash ‘deeply unsatisfactory’: Australia PM

Sydney (AFP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Friday called Russia’s response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine ”deeply, deeply unsatisfactory”. ”I have to tell you that the initial response of the Russian ambassador was to blame Ukraine for this, and I have to say that this is deeply, deeply unsatisfactory,” […]

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US commercial jets urged to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace

Washington (AFP) — The Federal Aviation Administration urged US-registered planes Thursday to avoid flying over eastern Ukraine, following the apparent shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over the rebel-held region. The FAA issued the notice ”due to recent events and the potential for continued hazardous activities,” with restricted areas including the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk […]

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Following crash, Canada points finger at Russia for Ukraine crisis

Ottawa (AFP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Russian aggression ”the root of the ongoing conflict” in Ukraine on Thursday, after an airliner crashed in the country’s strife-torn eastern region. The Malaysia Airlines jet was carrying 298 people, including one Canadian. All were presumed dead. ”While we do not yet know who is responsible […]

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Global leaders express shock over downed plane

International leaders and officials expressed grief and shock at the crash Thursday in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 298 people. Several pledged to contribute to investigation efforts. The plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was carrying 154 Dutch citizens, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians and passengers of several other nationalities. […]

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Some 100 on board crashed Malaysia flight were AIDS workers: reports

Melbourne (AFP) — As many as 100 of those killed on a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine were delegates heading to Australia for a global AIDS conference, unconfirmed reports said Friday. The Australian broadsheet and the Sydney Morning Herald both said that more than one-third of the nearly 300 who died were AIDS […]

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