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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. The FAA noted in its statement that in April it issued an order prohibiting US aircraft from flying in the airspace over the Crimean region of Ukraine and nearby parts of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The FAA said the order, known as a Notice to Airmen, was prompted by “unilateral and illegal action by Russia to assert control over Crimean airspace,” including international airspace administered by Ukraine. In March, Russia ...

Kerry calls for 'precise' Israeli operation in Gaza WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Thursday to limit collateral damage in Gaza, urging the Jewish state to be "precise" in its ground assault on the Palestinian enclave.Hours before Kerry's phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel launched a ground operation aimed at hitting the Palestinian Hamas group. In his call with Netanyahu, Kerry "emphasized the need to avoid further escalation and to restore the 2012 ceasefire as soon ...
US commercial jets urged to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace WASHINGTON: 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 flight information regions.The so-called Notice to Airman, or NOTAM, "prohibiting US flight operations until further notice" over the area, follows an April FAA ...
Following crash, Canada points finger at Russia for Ukraine crisis OTTAWA: 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 for this attack, we continue to condemn Russia's military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine," Harper said in a statement, adding that it was ...
Niacin for high cholesterol carries death risk WASHINGTON: A major international study out Wednesday found that niacin does not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with high cholesterol, but it does boost the risk of death.Therefore, most people shouldn’t take the widely used supplement, also known as vitamin B3. Niacin has been gaining in popularity over the past 50 years and works mainly by raising “good” HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.However, a four-year study on people aged 50-80years ...
Obama says Iran talks may need more time WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama signaled Wednesday that talks with Iran on its nuclear program may need to extend beyond a weekend deadline, saying negotiations have shown a "credible way forward."Obama said that he was consulting with Congress -- where there is strong criticism of his quest for a diplomatic deal with Iran -- as negotiators meet in Vienna ahead of Sunday's expiration of a temporary deal."It's clear that we've made real progress in several ...
White House says deportation flight to Honduras a 'signal' WASHINGTON: The White House said Tuesday that the deportation of 40 women and children to Honduras was a sign that illegal immigrants would not be welcomed with "open arms" amid a border crisis.The immigrants, sent home from a holding facility in New Mexico on Monday, became a high profile symbol of the Obama administration's efforts to stem a tide of minors crossing into the United States from Central America.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the ...


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