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    Dutch UN Ambassador pleads for access to Malaysia Airlines crash site
    Aug05

    Dutch UN Ambassador pleads for access to Malaysia Airlines crash site

    THE Netherlands told the UN Security Council Monday that the focus of its investigation in the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the eastern Ukraine is the recovery of victims’ remains. …read more Source: New York Daily...

    Eurozone Recovery Holding up but Ukraine Looms
    Aug05

    Eurozone Recovery Holding up but Ukraine Looms

    LONDON— Further evidence emerged Tuesday that the economic recovery across Europe is gaining traction, though it remains vulnerable to an escalation in the crisis in Ukraine, which has seen sanctions on Russia ratcheted up. As well as raising speculation that Russia will slip into recession following the sanctions imposed by the United...

    730,000 have left Ukraine for Russia to escape fighting, UN says
    Aug05

    730,000 have left Ukraine for Russia to escape fighting, UN says

    About 730,000 Ukrainians have left the country for Russia this year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, the European head of the United Nations agency for refugees said on Tuesday, pointing to a far bigger exodus than previously thought. …read more Source:...

    What Actually Constitutes A War Crime?
    Aug05

    What Actually Constitutes A War Crime?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the militant group Hamas this month of committing a “double war crime” for targeting Israeli civilians with rockets and using the Gaza Strip’s residents as “human shields.” Palestinian officials, meanwhile, argued that Israel should be charged with war crimes for the...

    Russia gets battle-ready with troops, firepower buildup at Ukraine border
    Aug05

    Russia gets battle-ready with troops, firepower buildup at Ukraine border

    Russia has built up 17 battalions of about 20,000 troops into a force of infantry, armour, artillery and air defence within a few miles of the border. It has also vastly expanded its firepower. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Germany’s Spy Agency Is Ready To Shake Off Its Second Tier Reputation
    Aug05

    Germany’s Spy Agency Is Ready To Shake Off Its Second Tier Reputation

    “In the CIA people view liaison relationships as a pain in the ass but necessary,” says Valerie Plame, the CIA undercover agent whose identity was infamously disclosed by aides to President George W Bush soon after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Liaison relationships are the CIA’s term for cooperation with foreign intelligence...

    Thai surrogate mom would be happy to get twin back
    Aug05

    Thai surrogate mom would be happy to get twin back

    SRI RACHA, Thailand (AP) — A Thai surrogate mother raising a Down syndrome baby she claims was abandoned by his Australian biological parents said Tuesday she would be happy to have the boy’s healthy twin returned to her, especially after learning the father is a convicted sex offender. The Australian government is considering policy...

    Japan Fears For Security As Neighbours Build Up Arms
    Aug05

    Japan Fears For Security As Neighbours Build Up Arms

    Japan finds itself in a worsening security environment as North Korea pushes ahead with missile development and China and Russia step up military activity in the region, Japan’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry’s annual white paper comes after intermittent testing by North Korea of ballistic missiles in defiance of a...

    Rights Group: Ukraine Rebels Hampering Aid Efforts
    Aug05

    Rights Group: Ukraine Rebels Hampering Aid Efforts

    As Ukrainian forces close in on a key city controlled by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, a human rights group is accusing the fighters of aggravating the humanitarian crisis triggered by the four-month-old conflict. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement Tuesday saying rebel attacks on medical personnel and facilities have...

    Will Sanctions on Russia Tip the World Into Recession?
    Aug05

    Will Sanctions on Russia Tip the World Into Recession?

    In the summer of 1997, Larry Summers, then the deputy treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, was having a private meeting with a senior Wall Street executive who oversaw his bank’s international operations. The executive had been watching with concern the mounting turmoil in the financial and property markets of Thailand, the...