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Ukraine used phosphorous incendiaries, cluster bombs against cities

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Ukrainian troops have on many occasions used incendiary weapons and cluster bombs against militia-held cities, acts that are banned under the international law regulating warfare, the Russian military said. The accusation was voiced on Friday by Major General Viktor Poznikhir, the deputy commander of the chief operations branch of the Russian General Staff.... 

Ukraine Accidentally Shot Down MH17 During Exercises – Kiev Source

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Buk missile system confused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with Ukrainian fighter jets. A source within the Ukrainian defense department claims that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was accidentally shot down by Ukrainian troops during a military exercise in near Donetsk which took place on July 17. “On July 17 the commanding officer of 156th Anti-Aircraft Regiment... 

40 Ukraine shells hit Russia’s Rostov

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A Russian security official says up to 40 shells fired by Ukrainian forces have fallen on Russia’s Rostov Province near the border with eastern Ukraine. Vasily Malayev, a regional representative of Russia’s Federal Security Service branch devoted to border security, said Friday that some 30 shells had landed in a village in the Rostov region. Malayev... 

British health secretary demands urgent inspections of chicken factories

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Britain’s Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has demanded the Foods Standards Agency (FSA) conduct an urgent inquiry into two UK factories’ alleged poor hygiene practices. The factories are at the heart of a campylobacter scandal that could pose a serious risk to public health. A body of contentious evidence amassed by Guardian journalists over a five month... 

Ukrainian militia hand over MH17 flight recorders to Malaysia

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The Ukrainian militia have handed over to Malaysian experts the black boxes from the Malaysian Boeing-777 airliner that crashed in east Ukraine on July 17. The Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday handed over the black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 early on Tuesday. “Here they are, the black boxes,”... 

MH17 black boxes given to Netherlands

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One of the two black boxes recovered from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Netherlands government has confirmed that Malaysian officials have handed over the flight MH17 black boxes to Dutch officials. “The black boxes from flight MH17 have been handed over by Malaysian experts to the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) that is leading the international... 

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister resigns as banking crisis unfolds

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The Prime Minister of Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski has resigned his post. His decision came after accusations by opponents of failing to cope with the worst banking crisis in 17 years. The decision was supported by 180 lawmakers in the parliament, only 8 voted against, and 8 abstained, reports Bloomberg. The Oresharski government lasted for only 16 months of... 

McDonald’s food likely to be banned in Russia

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The production and sales of some of McDonald’s products is likely to be banned In Russia. Legal sanctions may affect cheeseburgers and royal cheeseburgers, filet-o-fish, chicken burgers, ice cream with berry fillings and milkshakes. Such requirements were submitted to the Tverskoy Court of Moscow from the Russian Federal Service for Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor)... 

Scientists crack bread wheat’s genetic blueprint

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Having evaded scientists due to its large and complex nature for long, bread wheat’s genome has finally yielded to sequencing. The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, as the international team of scientists who have been working on the problem is known, rendered a genetic blueprint of the plant on Thursday. The discovery promises development... 

UK media proves unreliable in wake of MH17 tragedy

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There are no words in the English lexicon which can properly summarize the horrors of events yesterday in Eastern Ukraine. Like all right-thinking people around the world I am aghast and I currently have a nauseating tightness in my stomach as I pen this. Since Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur came down in fragments on the blood-soaked... 

‘We will react to NATO build-up!’ – Putin

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Moscow will respond to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, President Vladimir Putin said at the emergency Security Council meeting in Moscow. Here are his key quotes on Russia’s defense, Western sanctions, and violence in eastern Ukraine. On NATO’S missile system and Russia’s defense NATO forces have been increasing military presence... 

Giant sinkhole in Russia’s north puzzles scientists

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Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of the giant sinkhole in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The video of the bizarre hole on YouTube has received more than two million views in several days. As a result of the examination, the scientists concluded that the crater was of natural origin and did not appear either as a result of a manmade... 

I’d fire rockets at Israel, if I lived in Gaza: British MP

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A British lawmaker says he would fire rockets into Israel if he lived in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has faced a deadly Israeli offensive for over two weeks. “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes,” Liberal Democrat member of parliament David Ward said in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. He... 

Russia to introduce new ‘solidarity’ tax on rich

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State Duma deputies want to levy an additional tax on people with high personal incomes in order to finance the development of the new federation areas of Sevastopol and Crimea. The motion has been prepared by a group of MPs led by the Andrey Krutov of the center-left Fair Russia party. At the moment the group is completing consultations with legal experts... 

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... 
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