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Wednesday Jul 23

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP)  When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.
The only security consisted of two armed men who did not stop reporters from walking across the fields to the twisted metal.
Amid the stench of decay and buzzing flies, one piece

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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

UNITED NATIONS (AP)  The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."
Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment." As he started to address the council a siren could be heard in the background.

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Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP)  Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Like Zain, many Gaza residents say the closure, imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized Gaza in 2007, is like a slow death: It prevents them from traveling, from importing cement to build homes and increasingly from earning enough to feed their families.

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Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP)  A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.
Five days after the plane was blown out of the sky, refrigerated railcars bearing victims' bodies - gathered up

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US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

WASHINGTON (AP)  Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.
The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.

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