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July 23rd, 2014
09:08 PM ET

McCaul: FAA "did the right thing" in banning flights to and from Israel

The United States government is extending its ban on all flights to and from Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv.

Officials say there's still a threat after a rocket launched by Hamas in Gaza struck just a mile away from Ben Gurion Airport.

But the FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

"President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said.

OutFront, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Michael McCaul.


Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
July 23rd, 2014
08:46 PM ET

Ukraine Amb.: Military jets shot down from Russia

The finger-pointing between Russia, Ukraine, Ukrainian rebels and the United States over who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gets more complicated by the day.

Now, two Ukrainian military jets have been shot down, raising more questions about security in the country.

In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, Olexander Motsyk, says he has preliminary information that Russia was at fault for the latest crashes.

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Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • Ukraine
July 23rd, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Putin blames Ukraine and western backers for MH17 attack

The chorus of people accusing Russia of playing a partial role in the rocket attack that killed 298 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is growing louder.

The Russian president, though, remains defiant.

CNN's Kyung Lah has more OutFront in Ukraine.


Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News • Russia
July 23rd, 2014
08:19 PM ET

First remains of MH17 victims returned to Netherlands

Wednesday afternoon, 40 coffins arrived in the Netherlands. Finally, a small measure of dignity restored to the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17; six days after it was shot out of the sky.

In somber ceremony, Dutch receive the first remains of MH17 victims

Thousands of people lined the streets as hearses traveled – not to a final resting place – but to a forensic lab for identification.

A Dutch official says 74 more coffins will be flown to the Netherlands Thursday.

Saima Mohsin reports.


Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News • Ukraine