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Final hours of MH17 victims recounted by friends, family

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...

Jul 24, 2014

Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile

A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of ...

Jul 24, 2014

Random checks catch 99 tipsy Indian pilots since 2011

Random Indian preflight safety checks have caught 99 tipsy pilots since 2011, the national aviation minister told parliament on Monday. The revelation could fuel questions about airline discipline and whether safety procedures in India’s fast-growing industry need to be tightened further. “Since 2011 a ...

Jul 24, 2014

Australian senator's ideal man: rich and 'well-hung'

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologized Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this ...

Jul 24, 2014

China censors squash reports on giant inflatable toad

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong’s harbour last year sparked a national craze ...

Jul 24, 2014

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy, U.S. study says

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way. Dogs are capable of feeling a basic form of jealousy, according to a study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal. The research, said to ...

Jul 24, 2014

Scandal sheds light on global supplier to fast food industry

It isn’t a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald’s locations. OSI Group, a privately-held company based in ...

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Jul 24, 2014

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Rockets found at a U.N.-run school in Gaza “have gone missing,” an “alarmed” U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday, demanding a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons ...

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 24, 2014

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the ...