Putin vows to press rebels, help MH17 probe

A Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Tuesday to do everything possible to influence pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and help ensure a full probe into the Malaysia Airlines crash last week. However he added that it would not be enough with Kiev’s continuing military operation against the rebels, adding that[…]

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Rebels hand over plane black boxes

A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, has handed over black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the city of Donetsk. “Here they are, the black boxes,” Borodai told a room packed with journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic as an[…]

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Ukraine launches assault on Donetsk rebels

Ukraine has launched a heavy assault on the rebel-held city of Donetsk, as international investigators arrived in the region to examine the remains of 298 people killed in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner. A separatist leader on Monday said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk[…]

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Ukraine rebels pledge truce for jet recovery

Pro-Russian separatists have promised to cease fire for two to four days in eastern Ukraine to allow recovery work at the site where a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people crashed, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a rebel leader as saying. The announcement came as world leaders demanded an investigation into[…]

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said. Government troops and allied Shia volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset on Tuesday to a base 4km south[…]

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Ukraine launches air raids on rebels

Ukraine’s military scrambled jets to strike at rebel positions early on Saturday, after separatists resumed missile attacks on government forces near the frontier with Russia, the border guard service said. Ukrainian forces also used artillery to respond to rebel fire early on Saturday, the military said, in several areas of[…]

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Iraq launches air raids on rebel positions

The Iraqi military has launched air raids against armed groups trying to capture the country’s largest oil refinery, killing as many as 30 fighters, authorities said. News of the latest attack on Friday came as government forces claimed to have recaptured the village of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, and[…]

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Rebels, Scholars Reject ISIL Caliphate

The declaration of a new Islamic “Caliphate” by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been criticized by wide circles of Syrian and Iraqi Sunni scholars and Islamic groups, saying the terms of a true Islamic Caliphate have been realized at present time. “Those who announced it[…]

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