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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

"Forgive us" outside the Dutch embassy in Russia
“Forgive us” outside the Dutch embassy in Russia

 

1) Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down near the Russian-Ukrainian border. An investigation is going on now, but it looks as if either Russians on the border or pro-Russian separatists brought down the civilian plane. At least one separatist group claimed shooting the plane on social media, but the tweets have since been deleted. Nearly 300 people were on the plane, over 181 bodies have been recovered so far. 23 Americans were on the flight and many Europeans. At least 100 of the passengers were medical researchers on their way to an international conference on AIDS.

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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

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1) Iraq has finally named a speaker for its parliament, in a step towards breaking political deadlock in the country. Salim al-Jabouri, a moderate Sunni became speaker of the parliament though the selection of his deputy brought new arguments. Iraq had managed to retake the city of Tikrit earlier this week, from ISIS forces, but today Iraqi military was forced to retreat from their position, after a heavy bombardment and sniper fire. After 2 and a half weeks, Iraq’s forces have not been able to stabilize the city.

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The World Class Hour on FTR Radio – 7/15/14 – with @allanbourdius

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1. Spying on Our Friends (Germany)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfg8yb_lsy8

Discussion: Implying that Germany over reacted, issues for Merkel, we’re totally not going to do anything about it, we have these spies yet no definite information on terrorists, other spying that is not acceptable, foreign relations, Allan’s thoughts on leadership abroad

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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

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1) A militia attacked the Tripoli airport in Libya, destroying 90% of the planes there. In response, the U. N. evacuated their base in the city, saying they are now unable to operate.

 

2) Egypt proposed a ceasefire for Israel and Palestine this morning. Israel accepted the agreement, but the military wing of Hamas said it had no plan to end the fighting. (Other Hamas officials claim the agreement is still being discussed, but it should have started at 9am local time.) Since the agreement announcement, at least 3 more rockets from the Gaza Strip attacked Israel.

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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

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1) The UN Security Council plans to meet regarding the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine. Since the offensive began, 750 of Israel’s targets have been hit. At least 50 people are dead. Palestinians have launched more than 160 missiles (upgraded and with farther reach than we’ve seen before) at Isreal, though most have been stopped by Israel’s anti-missile defense. The US has called for calm.

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