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.
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.
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.
The United States, Iran, and five other major powers said late Friday that they would extend the high-stakes talks over Iran's nuclear program for four months while negotiators try to close what both sides acknowledge to be major divides over several issues.
With Israeli tanks rolling deeper into Gaza, a senior Palestinian official appealed to the U.N. Security Council to demand that Israel cease its military operations in Gaza, warning that his government is weighing an appeal for an international investigation into possible Israeli war crimes.