Indonesia is to name its new president, following a hotly-contested election that saw both candidates claim victory. Most "quick counts" after the 9 July election placed Joko Widodo, the popular Jakarta governor, in the lead.
After days of obstruction, Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement with Malaysia on Monday, surrendering the flight recorder boxes of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner downed by a surface-to-air missile last week, and allowing the bodies of the victims to be evacuated by train.
DONETSK, Ukraine - It took nearly five days and hours of negotiations late into the night, but Russia-backed rebels ceded some ground and turned over the flight recorder devices from Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down by a surface-to-air rocket last week, to Malaysian officials.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Prime Minister Najib Razak’s announcement that his government had reached an agreement with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, for the transfer of the bodies and so-called black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian representatives there, apparently achieved what pressure from far more powerful nations had failed to accomplish.
TOREZ, Ukraine - The Soviet-era refrigerated train cars were far too weak to combat the stench of death. At a sleepy whitewashed station in this run-down Ukrainian town, the cars had become a charnel-house collection point for bodies gathered from the rolling fields of wheat and sunflowers. A separatist struggle that began three months ago had already made this easternmost part of Ukraine a war zone; the downing of a passenger jet in the skies above had made the conflict global.
KUALA LUMPUR - Russia has called for the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to be led by the "international community" and not Ukraine, its ambassador to Malaysia said on July 22.
MOSCOW - Russia presented a combination of conciliation and bluster on July 21 over its handling of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet, with President Vladimir Putin seemingly probing for a way out of the crisis without appearing to compromise with the West.
MOSCOW - Russia's quasiwar in eastern Ukraine is in no small measure a product of long-felt anti-Western tensions within Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that are rapidly spiraling out of control.
It’s true that Putin engages in historical revisionism in his quest to force a "New Russia" onto the world-historical stage. But this aspect of Putin's rhetorical armamentarium strikes me as less a matter of developed ideology, of the Hitlerian or Leninist sort, than as something more analogous to a Mafia don's appeal to putative loyalties embedded deep in Sicilian cultural memory when trying to get the other dons to do what he wants. In other words, think Don Corleone, not G. W. F. Hegel, when trying to understand Putin's rhetorical m.o.
A piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down in eastern Ukraine last week bears telltale marks of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that apparently crippled the jet in flight. Riddled with these perforations and buffeted by a blast wave as it flew high above the conflict zone, the plane then most likely sheared apart.
DONETSK, Ukraine - The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on July 22 as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on July 21 unanimously passed a resolution that "condemns in the strongest terms" the attack that brought down the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, called for an international investigation with the United Nations civil aviation agency, and demanded that armed groups at the crash site allow unfettered access.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski discussed on July 21 the need for increased defence spending in Europe and for transatlantic unity after the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine, the White House said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's meddling in Ukraine cost Russia dearly in financial markets. With the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the toll is only getting worse.
The international medical organization Doctors without Borders has said that medicines for treating AIDS are still too expensive for many patients. This is especially true for victims living in developed countries.
The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft in Ukraine's east.
Editor's Note: To counter Russian propaganda lies about the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Feb. 27, Dmitry Tymchuk has set up the Center of Military and Political Research in Kyiv. He served in the Army air defense from 1995-1998, the National Guard from 1998-2000 and in the Defense Ministry in subsequent years on missions to Iraq, Lebanon and Kosovo. His blogs are translated into English by Voices of Ukraine. The Kyiv Post has not independently verified his findings, but will correct any misinformation brought to our attention at email@example.com or 38-044-591-3344 or any of our contacts at www.kyivpost.com/contacts.
Donetsk - Self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Borodai has handed over flight recorders of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight to Malaysia.
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts. A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.