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President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The president said one American was killed on the plane over Ukraine, and the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US building case tying separatists to plane crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on […]

07/18/2014

FILE - In this Friday, July 11, 2014 file photo, Igor Girkin  also known as Igor Strelkov, a pro-Russian commander, center, arrives for the wedding of platoon commander Arsen Pavlov and Elena Kolenkina in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Rebel leader gives bizarre account of plane crash

MOSCOW (AP) — A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the […]

07/18/2014

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Executions rise worldwide in 2013

MILAN (AP) — The number of executions worldwide rose last year despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition, according to a report released Friday by an Italian anti-death penalty group. The organization Hands […]

07/18/2014

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

US: Can’t rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air […]

07/18/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself in front of the shrine with holy relics of St. Sergius as he attends celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity St. Sergius monastery in Sergiyev Posad, northeast of Moscow, Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Downed plane could alter course of Ukraine fight

PARIS (AP) — The downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine could prove to be a turning point in the country’s conflict. But which way it turns depends mainly on who carried out the attack […]

07/18/2014

Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down […]

07/18/2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama called for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, demands credible investigation of downed plane. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia. President Barack Obama said […]

07/18/2014

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday's killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach

Ayman Mohyeldin on killing of 4 young boys in Gaza (Video)

NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys. The day before his removal from Gaza, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of the four […]

07/18/2014

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Bob Costantini on shooting of Flight MH17

US intelligence authorities confirm that a surface-to-air missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killing 298 people. What they do not know is whether the missile was fired from Ukraine or from Russia. NBC’s Bob Costantini […]

07/18/2014

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The world marks ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans marked Nelson Mandela’s birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes. People picked up litter, cooked […]

07/18/2014

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

181 bodies found at Malaysia crash site in Ukraine

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) – Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners – dressed in overalls and covered in soot – spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching […]

07/18/2014