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Two Ukrainian jets were shot down in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. Erin Burnett has more tonight.
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
08:38 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
July 22nd, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Rep. Ruppersberger: "I wouldn't be surprised if a Russian was involved" with downing MH17

A senior Ukrainian official tells CNN a Russian officer triggered the missile that struck Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board.

U.S. intelligence officials say they can't confirm exactly who fired that missile and whether the Russian military was responsible. But Ukraine claims they have the evidence to prove it.

Outfront, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee: Congressman Charles Albert"Dutch" Ruppersberger. He's been briefed on the MH17 crash.


Filed under: International • MH17 plane crash • News • Ukraine
July 22nd, 2014
09:25 PM ET

Hundreds of flights pass over conflict zones daily

The U.S. government is banning all flights to and from Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv.

Their reasoning? On Tuesday, a rocket launched by Hamas in Gaza struck just a mile away from Ben Gurion Airport.

Israel is urging the U.S. to reconsider but the White House says it won't overrule the ban.

This comes just days after a Malaysia jet was shot down mid-air over a war zone in eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers on board were killed.

There are dangerous fly zones all over the world and it might be a surprise to many that passenger jets fly through them daily.

So, why aren't these combat areas off-limits for flights?

CNN's Rene Marsh has this OutFront investigation.


Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
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