Thursday, July 24, 2014

World News Briefs -- July 24, 2014

Algeria Airliner Feared Crashed On Flight From Burkina Faso -- BBC

A passenger plane carrying 116 people is feared to have crashed on a flight from Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers.

Contact with the Air Algerie flight was lost over the Sahara as it crossed Mali in bad weather, officials said.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the plane, which has 50 French citizens aboard, "probably crashed".

He said French Mirage fighter planes were scouring the area for the aircraft.

Contact with Flight AH 5017, chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair, was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, Air Algerie said.

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Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza.

Fears grow other groups may join Hamas fight vs. Israel after Kerry peace effort fails.

Europe lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv airport.

Attack on Iraq prisoner convoy kills dozens.

UN: Islamic State orders female circumcision. ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’.

Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map.

Almost 32% of Syrian chemical weapons destroyed - OPCW.

Boeing becomes first US company to strike deal with Iran since 1979 – Reports.

US warns Americans in Yemen to leave now.


Taiwan launches inquiry into plane crash that killed 48.

China and Taiwan express grief over crashed TransAsia plane.

Afghan vote recount moves at snail's pace, rival sides far apart.

Finnish aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan.

Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis.

U.N. panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'.

Viral video of North Korea's Kim Jong-un dancing angers supreme leader.


Air Algérie flight AH5017 wreckage found in Mali. Algeria confirms crash of passenger airliner. Air Algerie plane 'crashes' with 116 on board after going missing over Mali: live.

Nigeria, Cameroon, others deploy 2,800 troops against Boko Haram.

South Sudan blames rebels ‘intransigence’ for stalled peace talks.

Central African Republic factions announce ceasefire.

Libya’s rogue general, an ex-CIA asset, vaunts his anti-extremism services.

Tourist killed in Mombasa, second in July: police.

Sudan 'apostasy' woman Meriam Yahia Ibrahim meets Pope.


Ukraine's claim of Russia downing attack aircraft 'hogwash' - Defense Ministry source.

Ukraine PM resigns amid parliamentary turmoil. Ukrainian PM tenders resignation, election looms.

MH17 crash: More bodies transferred to Netherlands.

EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan.

Poland 'helped in CIA rendition', European Court rules.

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris.

Norway warned of imminent security threat. Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway: police.

Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year.


House moves to halt illegal immigration by deploying U.S. forces to Central America.

Obama administration sends military advisers to assess Mexican border needs.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on trial.

Venezuela just mortgaged another $4 billion of its oil exports to China.

Squatters move out of Venezuela's 'Tower of David' super slum in Caracas.

Argentina President says country will not default.

Arizona execution: Governor orders review after death takes nearly 2 hours.


Terror threat enters danger zone (Commentary).

‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL.

ISIS is `worse than Al Qaeda`: US officials.

Document details procedure for placing terrorist suspects on government watch list.


China explores Arctic Ocean to develop its resources.

GM profits sink following biggest car recall in history.

IMF announces weaker global growth prospects as US economy slugs.

Fake vintage wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan to be sentenced.

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