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US presses case against Russia on downed jet as horror deepens WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he called overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as international horror deepened over the fate of the victims' remains. Kerry demanded that Moscow take responsibility for actions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine whom Washington suspects of downing the jet with a missile, and expressed disgust at their "grotesque" mishandling of the bodies. Television images of the rebel-held crash sites, where the remains of victims had lain decomposing in fields among their personal belongings, have turned initial shock and sorrow after Thursday's disaster into anger. Emotions ran high in the Netherlands, the home country of about two thirds of the 298 people who died in the Boeing 777. The Dutch foreign minister has said the nation is "furious" to hear bodies were being "dragged around", while relatives and church leaders demanded they ...

Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday.The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, senior administration officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has consumed ...
Obama to host Central America leaders for immigration talks WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will next week host the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to discuss how to stem the flow of tens of thousands of immigrant children across the US border.The tide of unaccompanied minors from the three countries has triggered a border and political crisis, prompting Obama to warn parents in Central America not to send their kids to the United States in search of a better life.The talks on ...
Obama must show leadership in Ukraine crisis: Republicans WASHINGTON: US lawmakers demanded on Friday that President Barack Obama show strong leadership and take swift action against Moscow in response to the downing of a passenger jet over Ukrainian territory.Obama accused the Kremlin of fomenting violence in eastern Ukraine and providing pro-Russian separatists with "sophisticated equipment" such as the surface-to-air missile used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines plane, but he stopped short of accusing Russia of direct involvement in Thursday's attack, which killed ...
US, Iran negotiating terms to extend nuclear talks WASHINGTON: US and Iranian officials are hammering out the terms of extending talks on Iran's nuclear program, a US official said, tacitly signaling that a comprehensive deal would not be reached by Sunday's deadline.Asked outright if all sides would get an agreement in the Vienna talks by Sunday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday: "I think we're talking about an extension. Stay tuned all weekend."US President Barack Obama had already acknowledged on Wednesday that ...
Biden offers US help on Malaysia plane to Ukraine's Poroshenko WILMINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday and offered US assistance to help determine what happened to a crashed Malaysian plane on the Ukraine border, the White House said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
US air carriers to avoid Russia-Ukraine border airspace WASHINGTON: American air carriers have agreed to avoid flying through airspace near Russia’s border with Ukraine after a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people crashed in the area on Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration said. Announcing the voluntary flight restrictions, the FAA said it had been in contact with US airlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in an area racked by civil war. The cause of the crash is under investigation. ...


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