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Obama Calls For Ceasefire In Ukraine; Says US Will Increase Pressure On Russia

United States President Barack Obama has called for a global investigation of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

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Obama said the deaths of 298 passengers and crew was a “global tragedy”. He described the attack as “an outrage of unspeakable proportions” that required a credible international investigation. [Read more…]


Abbott Says The News Just Gets Worse On A Grim Day For Australia And The World

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, says news about the missile attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 has “just got worse”.

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He said it was “highly probable” that the plane was shot down by a pro-Russian, separatist-controlled, surface-to-air missile in Russian-backed rebel territory in Ukraine. [Read more…]


Abbott And Shorten Address Parliament On Shooting Down Of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a statement to the House of Representatives on the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, and the Deputy Leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt, also spoke.

“This looks less like an accident than a crime,” Abbott said. “And if so, the perpetrators must be brought to justice.” [Read more…]