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Thursday, July 24th

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