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U.S. Says Russia Playing a Double Game on the MH17 Shoot-Down

The United States and other key members of the U.N. Security Council accused Russia of playing a double game on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: supporting U.N. calls for an independent investigation into the tragedy while simultaneously doing nothing to prevent pro-Russian armed separatists from despoiling the crime scene, looting jewelry and other valuables from the dead, and destroying vital evidence.

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Putin Under Pressure to Make Separatists Give Up Crash Site

World leaders expressed disgust at the treatment of the Malaysia Airlines crash site by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and increased their demands that Russian President Vladimir Putin do more to rein them in.

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Death Toll Spikes in Gaza With No End in Sight

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to put down arms to stop the ground war in Gaza, but in a candid moment seemed frustrated that Israel's offensive was causing so many civilian deaths.

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