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European Union agrees on tougher Russia sanctions

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European Union (EU) foreign ministers have agreed on imposing tougher sanctions against Russian entities and individuals nearly one week after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in Ukraine. On Wednesday, the ministers agreed to draft a new list of Russian entities and individuals by July 24 to be added to the 63 names already targeted by sanctions. The... 

Netanyahu benefits from shooting down of Malaysian plane

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An American political commentator believes that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu benefits from the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane because he can continue his atrocities in Gaza. In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, Veterans Today editor James Henry Fetzer also rejected Washington’s allegation that Moscow was behind the incident. “The... 

US Intelligence Admits Russia is Not involved in Malaysia plane downing

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Unnamed US officials are telling Associated Press that their intelligence suggests Malaysia plane shot down by anti-Kiev militia, no link to Russia found. Officials believe that the passenger aircraft was intercepted by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile, which was fired by Ukrainian militia members. One official said the likeliest explanation was the aircraft... 

Obama threatens Putin over Ukraine

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US President Barack Obama has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of backing Ukraine’s pro-Russian fighters, threatening Moscow with more sanctions. “If Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and to back these separatists,” President Obama said on Monday, then the country will “further isolate itself from the international community... 

298 killed on MH17, media ignores 478 killed in Ukraine

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The establishment media has virtually ignored the carnage in eastern Ukraine while it focuses on the alleged shoot down of MH17. Vladimir Putin is widely condemned while the indiscriminate killings and ethnic cleansing of the Ukraine Security Service and military are left unmentioned. Since the regime’s crackdown on “terrorists,” in other words separatists... 

Israel drops white phosphorus bombs on Gazans

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Latest reports say Israeli aerial and ground forces are using white phosphorus bombs to pound several residential areas across the besieged Gaza Strip. The lethal bombs violate all international conventions and are considered as banned weapons in civilian areas. This comes as a Norwegian doctor in the besieged coastal enclave has recently criticized Israel... 

At least 87 Palestinians & 13 Israeli soldiers killed

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Scores of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have been killed on Sunday as hostilities continue in the Gaza strip. Both sides earlier agreed to a brief ceasefire to allow medics to reach those wounded by Israeli shells. At least 87 Palestinians were killed on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, as the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the Shejaia... 

UK to seek tighter bans on Russia

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The UK will tighten sanctions against Russia if Moscow does not help in investigating a Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. On July 17, Malaysian Airline flight MH17, which was travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed, killing all 298 people on board. There is speculation that the Boeing 777 was shot... 

U.S. Says Russia Planned Digital Terror Attack on NASDAQ

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As the world heard about the downing of MH17 in Ukraine on July 17, Bloomberg Businesswek reported hackers with an “intelligence agency of another country” had placed malware on the American stock exchange NASDAQ. “Elite Russian hackers had breached the stock exchange and inserted a digital bomb,” the NSA had concluded after an investigation, writes... 

McCain warns Putin over ‘downed’ Malaysian airplane

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Hawkish US Senator John McCain has pointed the finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin after a passenger plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine. McCain said on Thursday if pro-Russian forces are linked to the crash, it would point directly to Putin. “The separatists could have only gotten that capability from Russia and so therefore the culpable party... 

Russia to reopen Cuban mega-base to spy on America

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Moscow and Havana have reportedly reached an agreement on reopening the SIGINT facility in Lourdes, Cuba, once Russia’s largest foreign base of this kind which was shut down in 2001 due to financial problems and under US pressure. When operational, the facility was manned by thousands of military and intelligence personnel, whose task was to intercept signals... 

Israeli warplanes strike Syrian Golan Heights killing 4

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Israeli warplanes have targeted three administrative and military centers in the Syrian Golan Heights region, killings at least four people and injuring several others. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group based in the UK, says the attack which took place in southern Syria’s Quneitra Province left at least four people dead, including... 

German-American friendship at crossroads, Berlin leaning toward Moscow

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As a never-ending stream of spy scandals put Washington-Berlin relations under unprecedented strain, Germans are increasingly asking themselves whether the country should be blindly following the US. A recent poll for Der Spiegel showed that up to 57 percent of Germans would like Berlin to conduct policies more independent from the US, and an Op-Ed article... 

Russia vows response to Ukraine shelling Russian city

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An artillery shell from Ukraine has hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises heavy consequences. Reportedly up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday in the small Russian town of Donetsk, which has the same name as the Ukrainian city and is situated right on the... 

Chinese state owned CCTV calls iPhones “national security threat”

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Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has called a location service offered by iPhone handsets, a threat to the country’s national security. The broadcaster attacked the device’s Frequent Locations function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. The critical broadcast featured an interview with Ma Ding, director of the Institute... 
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