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Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, center, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. Russian officials offered evidence Monday, showing photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area in the days before the crash. Russian officials also offered evidence that a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet. Screen demonstrates the scheme of air traffic over Donetsk, Malaysia Airlines jet route and place of it's crash, red box, as well as Ukrainian antiaircraft missile launchers positions. At right is Igor Makushev, chief of Russia's Air Force general staff. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekrtarev)

Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine’s rebels

LONDON (AP) — “What exactly are they trying to hide?” President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. The answer is: potentially […]

07/21/2014

Ukrainian Emergency workers carry a stretcher with a victim's body in a bag as pro-Russian fighters stand in guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, […]

07/21/2014

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, an Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Truce elusive as Hamas, Israel stick to positions

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged […]

07/21/2014

A pro-Russian rebel speaks on the phone as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from  the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims’ bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families. In […]

07/21/2014

Twitter icon on a smartphone. (AP Photo/dpa, Soeren Stache, File)

Kenya military Twitter account hacked

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Twitter account run by Kenya’s military was taken over by hackers claiming to be from the international activist collective Anonymous, a military spokesman said Monday No internal military systems were […]

07/21/2014

Toys and flowers are placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people […]

07/21/2014

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators […]

07/21/2014

Fire engines arrive at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, as the sun sets Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Rebels to give Flight 17 black boxes to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The leader of the pro-Russian rebels has agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators who are in Ukraine, Malaysia’s prime minister said early Tuesday. […]

07/21/2014

Peter Van Vilet, team leader of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team exits a carriage while inspecting a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of passengers moved from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, located 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, in Torez, eastern Ukraine, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine. An AP […]

07/21/2014

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Bob Costantini: US sharpens criticism of Hamas, urges cease-fire

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Cairo today in an effort to build momentum toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. He will urge the militant Palestinian group […]

07/21/2014

A Schiphol worker adjusts flowers people have placed outside Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations, more than half being Dutch, including vacationers, students and a large contingent of scientists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

Forensic experts gather material to ID victims

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the […]

07/19/2014