KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com World News World News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:07:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Israel Vows to Sestroy Hamas Tunnels http://www.kristv.com/news/israel-vows-to-sestroy-hamas-tunnels/ http://www.kristv.com/news/israel-vows-to-sestroy-hamas-tunnels/ World News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 5:38:13 AM Israel Vows to Sestroy Hamas Tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire."

Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won't allow Israel to complete its mission of destroying the sophisticated tunnel network, which has been used to carry out deadly attacks inside Israel.

Israel launched its air campaign on July 8 to stop unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza toward Israel. It expanded the operation with a ground offensive on July 17 with the primary purpose of blocking Hamas infiltration attempts through the tunnels.

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Vatican Taking Action in Divisive Paraguay Diocese http://www.kristv.com/news/vatican-taking-action-in-divisive-paraguay-diocese/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vatican-taking-action-in-divisive-paraguay-diocese/ World News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 9:37:26 PM Associated Press Vatican Taking Action in Divisive Paraguay Diocese

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.

The Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Este diocese, however, in a sign that he remains in good standing with his bishop.

Urrutigoity has denied allegations of impropriety and has never been charged, and his bishop, Monsignor Rogelio Livieres, has stressed that there is no accusation against him that he sexually abused minors. But Urrutigoity's case re-emerged after Francis sent a team of Vatican investigators to the diocese this month to look into criticisms against Livieres by local residents and other Paraguayan prelates.

Livieres in 2005 allowed Urrutigoity to join his diocese, even though Urrutigoity's then-superior in Pennsylvania had warned Livieres and the Vatican that he was a threat and unsuitable for the priesthood.

Urrutigoity had been a member of the schismatic, traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. He later joined the Scranton diocese in Pennsylvania and founded a priestly society where the old Latin Mass was celebrated.

In 2004, though, Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino suppressed the society, citing financial instability and allegations of sexual misconduct against Urrutigoity.

Urrutigoity's subsequent re-emergence in Paraguay was documented by the online resource BishopAccountability.org and the Global Post.

In a statement Wednesday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that Livieres had removed Urrutigoity as vicar general on July 14, a few days before the Vatican investigators arrived, but that he was doing other jobs.

Lombardi also said that as a preliminary result of the Vatican probe, priestly ordinations in the diocese had been suspended.

Livieres, who is a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, has defended his establishment of a new seminary and boasted about his record in finding new priestly vocations. But he has also acknowledged that other Paraguayan prelates have opposed his initiatives, apparently the primary reason for the Vatican investigation.

He has been in a public spat with the archbishop of Asuncion in what appears to be an ideologically driven dispute over the training of priests and the spiritual direction of Paraguay's church.

In a statement Wednesday, BishopAccountability's Anne Barrett Doyle said Livieres should be punished beyond just having his ordinations suspended for having willingly ignored the warnings of the Scranton bishop about Urrutigoity.

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Landslide Hits Indian Village, Killing At Least 18 http://www.kristv.com/news/landslide-hits-indian-village-killing-at-least-18/ http://www.kristv.com/news/landslide-hits-indian-village-killing-at-least-18/ World News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 9:31:52 PM Associated Press Landslide Hits Indian Village, Killing At Least 18

NEW DELHI (AP) - Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 18 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.

They had already worked through the night using floodlights mounted on jeeps and earthmoving vehicles to pull seven injured people out of the mud and twisted wreckage, Vitthal Banot, a disaster management official, said Thursday. They were taken to a nearby government-run hospital, but their injuries were not life threatening.

But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts in Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

Banot said 18 bodies __ 10 women and eight men __ had been recovered from under mud, rocks, trees and other debris.

"Everything on the mountain came down," said Suresh Jadhav, a district official, describing how a cascade of mud, rocks and uprooted trees swamped the area.

But with 70 homes buried and reports of another 158 hit by the landslide, rescuers anticipated more dead in the village, home to 704 people in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains.

Large crowd of people from nearby villages reached the spot and helped rescue workers in moving fallen trees and rocks with bare hands, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The landslide hit Wednesday morning, but details of the damage only began to trickle out several hours later. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the loss of lives and said all possible efforts must be made to help the victims, according to a statement from his office. He sent Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the disaster area.

About 250 disaster response personnel were in the area assisting local police and medical teams who began clearing the debris. At least 100 ambulances were also sent to the area, Jadhav said.

Large crowds of people from nearby villages were helping rescue workers move fallen trees and rocks with bare hands, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

"It is a small village and this happened very suddenly," local legislator Dilip Walse Patil told CNN-IBN TV network. One local commissioner, Prabhakar Deshmukh, said more than 150 people could be trapped.

Landslides are common in the area during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

Pune district is about 150 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India's commercial capital. The nearest medical center is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the village.

The area around the village has been deforested extensively, increasing its vulnerability to landslides.

Similar deforestation and environmental damage have caused floods and landslides in other parts of India. Last year, more than 6,000 people were killed as floods and landslides swept through the hilly northern state of Uttarakhand during the monsoon season.

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6 Dead, 4 Missing in Floods http://www.kristv.com/news/6-dead-4-missing-in-floods/ http://www.kristv.com/news/6-dead-4-missing-in-floods/ World News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 4:21:40 AM 6 Dead, 4 Missing in Floods

MEXICO - Six people have died and four are missing in northern Mexico after their vehicles were swept away by a swollen river near the U.S. border.

A statement from officials in Sonora State say more than 200 rescue crews were searching Tuesday for those missing in and around the Cabullona River in the municipality of Agua Prieta, which is across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

It says a group of about 35 people in 4-wheel drive pickup trucks and ATVs were leaving the area Sunday when one of the vehicles got stuck in the river.

When people in other vehicles tried to help them, the river swept them away.

 


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2 Tank Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant http://www.kristv.com/news/2-tank-shells-hit-fuel-tank-at-gaza-power-plant/ http://www.kristv.com/news/2-tank-shells-hit-fuel-tank-at-gaza-power-plant/ World News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 3:51:05 AM 2 Tank Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company said. A huge cloud of black smoke rose over the coastal city.

There was no immediate word of casualties and the Israeli military had no comment. According to Jamal Dardasawi, the spokesman of the electricity distribution company, the shells hit one of three tanks in the plant compound that currently store fuel.

Even before the strike, Gaza residents had electricity for only about three hours a day. The strike is bound to reduce supplies even further.

The hit on the power plant came as Israeli aircraft and tanks struck symbols of Hamas control in Gaza overnight and into Tuesday, their heaviest bombardment of the densely populated coastal territory since the war between Israel and the Islamic militants began more than three weeks ago.

The pounding came just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in a televised speech of a "prolonged" campaign in Gaza.

Hamas also signaled defiance. Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader whose house was struck in an airstrike early Tuesday, said in a statement that "destroying stones will not break our determination."

The tough words by both sides came amid mounting international appeals for an unconditional cease-fire.

However, Hamas has said it will not stop fighting until it wins international guarantees that a seven-year-old border blockade of Gaza will be lifted. Israel said its troops will not leave Gaza until they have demolished several dozen Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border. Late Monday, Netanyahu signaled that Israel is intensifying its air- and ground campaign.

Early Tuesday, Israel warplanes struck a series of targets in Gaza City, including Haniyeh's house and government offices, while Gaza's border area with Israel was hit by heavy tank shelling. Flares turned Gaza's night sky orange, and by daybreak, a cloud of thick dust from explosions hung over Gaza City.

The overall Gaza death toll rose to at least 1,110, according to Gaza's Health Ministry. Israel says it has lost 53 soldiers, along with two civilians and a Thai worker.

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Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan President's Cousin http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-afghan-president-s-cousin/ http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-afghan-president-s-cousin/ World News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 3:38:34 AM Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan President's Cousin

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai.

Dawa Khan Minapal, the spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province, says the attack took place on Tuesday morning in Karz district.

Minapal says the bomber walked up to greet Ashmat Khlil Karzai, a political figure in his own right who has backed former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's bid to succeed President Karzai.

The bomber shook hands with Ashmat Karzai after prayers outside the Karzai family home, then detonated his explosives.

This is not the first time that President Karzai's family members have been targeted. His brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was slain in his home in the city of Kandahar by an unknown attacker seven years ago.

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Death Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/death-toll-mounts-as-clashes-intensify-in-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/death-toll-mounts-as-clashes-intensify-in-ukraine/ World News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 3:38:59 AM Death Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.

Authorities in Luhansk said Monday that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city's government said.

Territory between the cities has seen intensified fighting as government troops try to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

Both sides in the conflict have traded accusations over the mounting civilian death toll.

Rebels accuse government troops of deploying artillery against residential areas. Authorities deny that charge, but also complain of insurgents using apartment blocks as firing positions.

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France Sends Soldiers to Guard Air Algeria Wreck http://www.kristv.com/news/france-sends-soldiers-to-guard-air-algeria-wreck/ http://www.kristv.com/news/france-sends-soldiers-to-guard-air-algeria-wreck/ World News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 4:26:49 AM France Sends Soldiers to Guard Air Algeria Wreck

PARIS (AP) - French President Francois Hollande says there are no survivors in the Air Algerie crash in Mali.

Hollande announced on Friday that one black box has been found in the debris after French troops reached the site in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso.

Speaking after a crisis meeting, he said no hypothesis is to be excluded in the investigation.

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Official: Air Algerie Flight 'Probably Crashed' http://www.kristv.com/news/official-air-algerie-flight-probably-crashed-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/official-air-algerie-flight-probably-crashed-/ World News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:48 AM Associated Press Official: Air Algerie Flight 'Probably Crashed'

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

"Despite an intensive search, at the moment I speak no trace of the aircraft has been found," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris. "The plane has probably crashed."

Two French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the rugged north of Mali for the plane, which was traveling from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, to Algiers, the Algerian capital.

More than 50 French were onboard the plane along with 27 Burkina Faso nationals and passengers from a dozen other countries. The flight crew was Spanish.

The flight was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, the company said in a statement, and the plane belonged to Swiftair.

The plane sent its last message around 0130 GMT (9:30 p.m. EDT), asking Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rains in the area, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said.

The disappearance of the Air Algerie plane comes after a spate of aviation disasters. Fliers around the globe have been on edge ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March on its way to Beijing. Searchers have yet to find a single piece of wreckage from the jet with 239 people on board.

Last week, a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine. The back-to-back disasters involving Boeing 777s flown by the same airline were too much of a coincidence for many fliers.

Then this week, U.S. and European airlines started canceling flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket landed near the city's airport. Finally, on Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.

It's easy to see why fliers are jittery, but air travel is relatively safe.

There have been two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights in the last decade, excluding acts of terrorism. Travelers are much more likely to die driving to the airport than stepping on a plane. There are more than 30,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the U.S. each year, a mortality rate eight times greater than that in planes.

French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said the Air Algerie flight vanished over northern Mali. He spoke Thursday from a crisis center set up in the French Foreign Ministry. Cuvillier didn't specify exactly where the plane disappeared over Mali, or whether it was in an area controlled by rebels.

But Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Algerian state television said that 10 minutes before disappearing, it was in contact with air traffic controllers in Gao, a city essentially under the control of the Malian government, though it has seen lingering separatist violence.

The plane had been missing for hours before the news was made public. It wasn't immediately clear why airline or government officials didn't make it public earlier.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou to Algiers wasn't immediately clear. Ouagadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention last year scattered the extremists, but the Tuaregs have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government.

A senior French official said it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.

The official, not authorized to speak publicly, said on condition of anonymity that they primarily have shoulder-fired weapons - not enough to hit a passenger plane flying at cruising altitude.

Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew, and left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT Thursday (9:17 p.m. EDT Wednesday), but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 0510 GMT (1:10 a.m. EDT Thursday).

Swiftair said it has not been possible to make contact with the plane and was trying to ascertain what had happened. It said the crew included two pilots and four cabin staff.

Later, Swiftair said the plane was built in 1996 and has two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 PW engines. It can carry 165 passengers.

Swiftair took ownership of the plane on Oct. 24, 2012, after it spent nearly 10 months unused in storage, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets, which sells and tracks information about aircraft. It has more than 37,800 hours of flight time and has made more than 32,100 takeoffs and landings. The plane has had several owners over the years, including Avianca and Austral Lineas Aereas.

If confirmed as a crash, this would be the fifth one - and the second with fatalities - for Swiftair since its founding in 1986, according to the Flight Safety Foundation. The only other fatal crash for the airline came on July 28, 1998, when the two pilots died on a cargo flight to Barcelona.

Algerian aircraft were overflying the region around Gao to try to locate wreckage, said Houaoui Zoheir, spokesman for the Algerian crisis center. He provided no details on the type or number of aircraft.

"As long as we haven't found the wreckage, we can't talk of a crash," he said. "We talk of loss of contact."

The passengers include 51 French, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgium, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian, Ouedraogo said. The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.

The MD-83 is part of a series of jets built since the early 1980s by McDonnell Douglas, a U.S. plane maker now owned by Boeing Co. The MD-80s are single-aisle planes that were a workhorse of the airline industry for short and medium-range flights for nearly two decades. As jet fuel prices spiked in recent years, airlines have rapidly being replacing the jets with newer, fuel-efficient models such as Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s.

There are 496 other MD-80s being flown by airlines around the world, according to Ascend.

"We're aware of reports on Air Algerie Flight AH5017," Boeing spokesman Wilson Chow said. "Our team is gathering more information."

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Brahima Ouedraogo reported from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AP journalists Ciaran Giles in Madrid, Spain, and Elaine Ganley, Thomas Adamson and Sylvie Corbet in Paris, contributed to this report.

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Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar http://www.kristv.com/news/air-algerie-plane-disappears-from-radar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/air-algerie-plane-disappears-from-radar/ World News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 5:40:09 AM Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar early Thursday, the official Algerian news agency said.

Owner of missing plane operated by Air Algerie says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.

Air navigation services lost track of the plane after 0155 GMT, or 50 minutes after takeoff, the agency said. That means that Flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

However, a senior French official said it was unlikely that fighters in Mali had weaponry that could shoot down a plane. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak for attribution, said the fights have shoulder-fired weapons which could not hit an aircraft at cruising altitude.

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Australia Readies 50 Police to Send to Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/australia-readies-50-police-to-send-to-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/australia-readies-50-police-to-send-to-ukraine/ World News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 3:27:30 AM Australia Readies 50 Police to Send to Ukraine

AUSTRALIA (AP) - Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the police pre-deployment on Thursday. He says foreign ministers of Australia and Netherlands are going to Kiev to seek a memorandum of understanding that will allow international police to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.

He said: "We are ready to deploy Australian police to Ukraine to help secure the site as part of an international team under United Nations authority."

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9 Injured in Refinery Fire http://www.kristv.com/news/9-injured-in-refinery-fire/ http://www.kristv.com/news/9-injured-in-refinery-fire/ World News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 3:24:03 AM 9 Injured in Refinery Fire

MEXICO - Emergency teams battled a fire at an oil refinery in northern Mexico on Wednesday.

Pemex, the National Oil Company, said the blaze erupted overnight.

The fire reportedly began at a gasoline storage tank.

Local TV footage showed a large column of black smoke and out-of-control flames at the refinery early on Wednesday.

Pemex said nine people were injured, two with minor burns.

Local media reported that the area around the refinery has been cordoned off and authorities have begun to evacuate people living nearby.

 


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Parts of Chinese City Sealed for Bubonic Plague http://www.kristv.com/news/parts-of-chinese-city-sealed-for-bubonic-plague/ http://www.kristv.com/news/parts-of-chinese-city-sealed-for-bubonic-plague/ World News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:50:58 PM Associated Press Parts of Chinese City Sealed for Bubonic Plague

BEIJING (AP) - Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16.

Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot, Xinhua said.

The report said all the people under quarantine were in good health, but that 10 checkpoints were still blocking off parts of the city of about 180,000.

Bubonic plague killed millions of people in Europe in the 14th century and tens of thousands in China in the 19th century. It remains endemic in northwest China and is spread largely through flea bites. The bacteria can cause gangrene, seizures and fever.

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Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 51 People http://www.kristv.com/news/plane-crashes-in-taiwan-killing-51-people/ http://www.kristv.com/news/plane-crashes-in-taiwan-killing-51-people/ World News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 8:32:31 AM Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 51 People

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.

The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways.

The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.

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2 Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down http://www.kristv.com/news/2-ukrainian-military-fighter-jets-shot-down/ http://www.kristv.com/news/2-ukrainian-military-fighter-jets-shot-down/ World News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 6:41:31 AM 2 Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

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Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims to Leave Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/bodies-of-malaysia-jet-victims-to-leave-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bodies-of-malaysia-jet-victims-to-leave-ukraine/ World News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 3:50:24 AM Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims to Leave Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.

Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Wednesday's ceremony was set for 11 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) at the airport in Kharkiv. Dutch officials say at least 200 bodies had arrived there in refrigerated railroad cars a day earlier.

U.S. officials say Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was probably shot down by a missile on Thursday, and fell on territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists who have been battling the Kiev government since April. The crash killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens.

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John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban http://www.kristv.com/news/john-kerry-flies-to-tel-aviv-despite-faa-ban/ http://www.kristv.com/news/john-kerry-flies-to-tel-aviv-despite-faa-ban/ World News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 3:37:54 AM John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Kerry was planning to meet Wednesday with Israel's prime minster, the Palestinian Authority's president and the United Nations chief in a daylong visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Kerry flew into Tel Aviv on a military jet a day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport. The FAA imposed the restriction after a Hamas rocket landed within a mile of the airport on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday's meetings would continue Kerry's efforts to get Hamas and Israel to declare a truce after more than two weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

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Airlines Halt Flights to Israel Over Missile Concerns http://www.kristv.com/news/airlines-halt-flights-to-israel-over-missile-concerns/ http://www.kristv.com/news/airlines-halt-flights-to-israel-over-missile-concerns/ World News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 1:50:04 PM Associated Press Airlines Halt Flights to Israel Over Missile Concerns

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines suspended service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its one flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday. Germany's Lufthansa and Air France also suspended flights. The actions come days after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Following the action by the U.S. airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to the Tel Aviv airport for 24 hours.

The Israelis are fighting Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip in the third war in just over 5 years. Israeli police confirmed that a rocket from Gaza landed in an area near the airport. Police spokeswomen Luba Samri said Tuesday's rocket landing was the closest to the airport since fighting began on July 8.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine Thursday while flying at 33,000 feet. Some experts have second-guessed the airline's decision to fly over an area where pro-Russian separatists are battling the Ukrainian army. But Malaysian officials have countered that the plane's path from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was approved by international regulators.

Aviation and legal experts said Tuesday that airlines are now taking risk assessment into their own hands, both for the safety of passengers and to avoid claims of negligence.

Aviation consultant Robert Mann said airlines are becoming more proactive in the wake of the Fligth 17 disaster.

"It's really forcing every carrier, every business jet operator to do their own due diligence, do their own risk assessment, given the geopolitical situation," Mann said.

Jonathan Reiter, a prominent New York aviation-accident attorney, said flying into an airport after a near-miss by a rocket could be used to show that the airline was negligent. That explains why airlines are suspending service to Israel.

"I'm sure it is human concern as well," Reiter said, "but I think (the airlines) feel it is wise to err on the side of caution because it is their burden to prove they are doing everything possible to avoid injuries and deaths."

Delta's one daily flight was already in the air. A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board. US Airways and United flights that were scheduled to take off later in the day. A Delta spokesman declined to go beyond the details released in a statement.

Israel's Transportation Ministry called on the airlines to reverse their decision and said it was trying to explain that the airport was "safe for landings and departures."

"Ben-Gurion Airport is safe and completely guarded and there is no reason whatsoever that American companies would stop their flights and hand terror a prize," it said in a statement.

Casey Norton, a spokesman for US Airways' parent company American Airlines, said the airline is "in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely." The airline has not yet made a decision about flights to Israel scheduled for Wednesday and beyond, he said.

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Train Carrying Remains of MH17 Bodies Arrives In Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/train-carrying-remains-of-mh17-bodies-arrives-in-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/train-carrying-remains-of-mh17-bodies-arrives-in-ukraine/ World News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:52:43 AM Train Carrying Remains of MH17 Bodies Arrives In Ukraine

UKRAINE - A train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has arrived in Ukrainian government territory.

Around 200 body bags were on the train, which arrived in the city of Kharkiv today.

The bodies will be taken to the Netherlands for identification.

The train left a town near the crash site yesterday after Malaysia's Prime Minister agreed with the separatists for the recovered bodies to be handed over to authorities in the Netherlands.

That's where two-thirds of the victims came from.

Also in eastern Ukraine today, a separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian officials in Donetsk.

Experts have called for a full forensic sweep of the crash site amid suggestions some of the evidence may have been tampered with.

A Malaysian investigator said the black boxes were in good condition.

 


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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Guards in Kabul http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-4-foreign-guards-in-kabul/ http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-4-foreign-guards-in-kabul/ World News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 4:03:28 AM Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Guards in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

The attacker struck at the gates of the compound, which houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government as well as the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics in the heart of the country's capital, said deputy interior minister, Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi.

The nationality of the killed guards was not immediately disclosed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media.

A police spokesman, Sayed Mahdi Kazimi, said the attacker managed to reach the entrance gate of the compound and detonated his motorbike packed with explosives in the morning hours.

The Taliban frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks against Afghan and NATO forces and government offices in the country.

Half an hour after the motorcycle bombing, another explosion wounded an Afghan civilian, said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

The attacks and the violence are shaping up as a major test of the Afghan government's ability to maintain security in volatile areas after foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

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