Jul 22, 2014

Indelible blot on history

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has gone from accident to catastrophe to horror. And, by most accounts so far, it has exposed the quickening of the civil conflict in eastern Ukraine as a geostrategic blunder by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Linking Japan, Ukraine via songs

| Jul 22, 2014

Linking Japan, Ukraine via songs

by Magdalena Osumi

Nearly 20 years have passed since Nataliya Gudziy visited Japan for the first time, when she performed live with fellow members of the Ukrainian folk dance ensemble Chervona Kalyna, or Red Viburnum, named after Ukraine’s national symbol. In a series of concerts across Japan, ...

Jul 22, 2014

Flight 17 crash a tragic end for family of six

Mohammad Afif and his family were about to start a new chapter in their lives. Afif was getting set to begin his university studies in architecture, and his father was preparing to move back to Malaysia with his wife and three of their children ...

Jul 22, 2014

Jet conspiracy theories rife in Putin's Russia

An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine’s east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysian ...

Malaysia Airlines flew over Syria

Jul 22, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flew over Syria

Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in ...

Ukraine rebels release bodies and flight data from Malaysia jet crash

Jul 22, 2014

Ukraine rebels release bodies and flight data from Malaysia jet crash

Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that ...

Jul 21, 2014

Dutchman escapes Malaysia Airlines incidents — twice

A Dutch cyclist, riding for the Terrengganu team in Malaysia, escaped a Malaysia Airlines plane crash. Twice. According to Maarten de Jonge’s website, the 29-year-old, born in the Dutch town of Oldenzaal, was planning to travel back to Kuala Lumpur on Flight MH17 from ...