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25th of July 2014

Air Algérie plane crash brings week's airliner death toll to 450 "An Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew crashed in northern Africa early on Thursday with the apparent death of all on board – the third airliner disaster in a week."

Also: Ukraine PM resigns over his country's precarious energy situation (The Independent); TransAsia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan, killing at least 48 (Sydney Morning Herald)

The Guardian

24th of July 2014

Malaysia's risky talks with rebels in Ukraine paid off "As attempts to retrieve the bodies and flight recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 dragged on over the weekend, prime minister Najib Razak risked a gambit that European leaders wouldn't: sending officials into a war zone to meet with armed rebels whose government almost no one recognizes."

Also: Taiwan: 48 dead in TransAsia Airways plane crash (The Guardian)

Wall Street Journal

23rd of July 2014

Joko Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election "The national elections commission said Tuesday after days of collating more than 133 million ballots from across the sprawling archipelago that Mr Widodo edged out former army general Prabowo Subianto with 53.15% of the vote."

Wall Street Journal

22nd of July 2014

Bodies from MH17 begin long trip to Netherlands "That grim conveyance, along with the handover of the planes' flight recorders from pro-Russia rebels to a Malaysian delegation, allowed the focus to tighten — both at the crash site and in international diplomacy — on establishing who brought the jetliner down on Thursday."

Wall Street Journal

21st of July 2014

MH17: world's anger at Russia grows as bodies pile on to train at crash site "As politicians, investigators and relatives of the dead across the world expressed anger at the Kremlin for not forcing pro-Russia rebels to offer more cooperation, there had yet to be any serious examination of the crash site."

The Guardian

18th of July 2014

Malaysia Airlines plane was hit by surface-to-air missile, US officials say "The US agencies are divided over whether the missile was launched by the Russian military or by pro-Russia separatist rebels, who officials say lack the expertise on their own to bring down a commercial airline in midflight."

Also: Fractured Ukraine shows neither Barack Obama nor Vladimir Putin are in control (Paul McGeough, Fairfax); Why was a passenger plane flying over a conflict zone in Ukraine? (The Independent)

Wall Street Journal

17th of July 2014

Australia kills off carbon tax "Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements." (Lenore Taylor)

Also: History will condemn climate change denialists (Robert Manne, The Guardian); Jacqui Lambie says Abbott goverment has promised to introduce emissions trading scheme (

The Guardian

16th of July 2014

Air strikes cause first Israeli fatality after Hamas rejects ceasefire "The Israeli army said it agreed to cease fire at 9am but Hamas said it was not party to any agreement and continued to fire rockets at Israel."

The Independent (UK)

15th of July 2014

Egypt presents proposal to Israel and Hamas for a cease-fire in air attacks "Israel and its main militant Gaza adversary weighed an Egyptian cease-fire proposal late Monday, signaling a possible de-escalation of a week-old aerial battle."

New York Times

14th of July 2014

Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling "Russia on Sunday accused Ukraine of lobbing a shell over the border and killing a Russian civilian and warned of ‘irreversible consequences’, in a sharp escalation of rhetoric that raised fears of a Russian invasion in Ukraine’s east."

Washington Post