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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 might have been shot down, Ukraine’s president says

A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine’s president said the jet may have been shot down. Malaysia Airlines said it had “lost contact” with the Boeing passenger liner, which Ukrainian officials said had come down…

Malaysian airliner ‘crashes in east Ukraine’: reports

A Malaysian airliner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in east Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported, citing aviation and security sources. The Boeing passenger liner came down close to town of Shaktarsk in the rebellion-wracked region of Donetsk after…

U.S. warns of civilian aviation risk from North Korea rockets

The United States and its allies have lodged concerns with the UN aviation agency over North Korea’s rocket launches, fearing they could put civilian airplanes at risk, officials said Wednesday. The United States and several other countries charged that the communist state has not properly informed the International Civil Aviation…

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia, land of coffee

US chain Starbucks Wednesday opened its first cafe in Colombia — a world famous coffee exporter — apparently unafraid it will be like selling sand at the beach. To gear up for a soft landing, the US company teamed up with local company Nutresa, and picked a location in Bogota’s…

Obama says nuclear talks with Iran may need more time

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…

After Germany expels CIA chief, will US spies back off?

The United States has badly underestimated the level of anger in Germany over its spying operations and the damage could be long-lasting if Washington fails to ease off, former US officials said Wednesday. Germany’s dramatic decision last week to throw out the CIA station chief in Berlin took the Americans…

Ukraine hails sanctions as Russian stocks plunge

Ukraine on Thursday hailed tougher Western sanctions against Russia over its alleged backing for pro-Moscow rebels as separatists inched towards talks with mediators on a potential ceasefire to halt the fighting. The United States and Europe stiffened sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Wednesday, with President Barack Obama taking his first…

Honduras calls on U.S. to establish ‘mini-Marshall plan’ to alleviate immigration issues

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran officials on Wednesday called for U.S. aid to Central America to reduce violence that has fueled a surge of child migration to the United States, with the foreign minister calling for a “mini-Marshall plan” to attack the broader underlying problems. Honduran President Juan…

Israel and Hamas agree to five-hour truce on Thursday

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to halt hostilities for five hours on humanitarian grounds on Thursday, while efforts continue to broker a longer-term truce. The sides announced the temporary lull in fighting across the Gaza border after an Israeli strike…

Volume of Das Kapital becomes a $40,000 commodity fetish: What would Karl Marx have said?

One has to wonder what Karl Marx would make of news from Abebooks that it has scored a coup with the sale of a volume of Das Kapital for $40,000, its second-highest cyber-trade of the year so far. Abe’s blog celebration links the sale to the current, rather spectacular heights of…

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