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Shooting down of MH17 ‘most likely’ scenario

A Malaysia Airlines miniature plane with a text reading "RIP MH17" is displayed at a memorial site for the victims of the MH17 air disaster at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP)

The chief Dutch prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says that the plane being shot down from the ground is the “most likely” scenario being probed by dozens of investigators.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Humiliated pro-Ukraine woman still bears scars of abuse

Ukrainian Irina Dovgan, 52, gives an interview to AFP on Sept. 5, 2014 in Kiev. Wearing a "Thank God I am Ukrainian" T-shirt given to her by a local TV station, Dovgan, who is openly pro-Ukrainian, recounts her four days of captivity, which started on Aug. 24 at the hands of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, where was subjected to torture and public insults until foreign journalists saw her.  AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV

Clad in the blue and yellow of Ukraine’s national flag, Irina Dovgan stood on a street of the rebel-held city of Donetsk as passersby punched, kicked and spat on her, sometimes crushing tomatoes in her bruised face.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine cease-fire appears to hold

An abandoned Ukrainian army tank is seen in the village of Kominternove , Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. After four months of war, eastern Ukraine begins the first full day of an uncertain cease-fire. The truce agreement calls for an exchange of prisoners and establishment of humanitarian corridors, but how quickly those actions will begin is unclear. AP

The presidents of Ukraine and Russia on Saturday said the cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels was mostly holding, but the truce still appeared fragile in its first full day as both sides of the conflict claimed violations.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pussy Riot say no place for Putin at G20

A protester is arrested during a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in support of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 in New York. A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history. AP FILE PHOTO

The two best known members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot Saturday called on Australia to withdraw its invitation to President Vladimir Putin to attend this year’s G20 summit.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russia closes 12 McDonald’s branches, inspects 100

People walk past the oldest of Moscow's McDonald's outlets which was opened on Jan. 31, 1990, and closed on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia has temporarily closed 12 branches of McDonald’s on health grounds and is carrying out more than 100 inspections, the US fast food chain said Friday.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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