1. Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 ‘shot down’ in Ukraine – live updates
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-18 at 09:48:00

    298 people on board plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine Bodies and wreckage found near town of Grabovo US officials say surface-to-air missile caused crash Ukrainian, Russian and rebel leaders deny involvement Continue reading…

    70109 Shares
    115 twitter shares, 60523 retweets and 673 favorites
    14 positive votes on Reddit
    3802 shares and 4685 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 132 plus ones and 60 reshares
    85 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-18 at 05:18:40

    HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels that has set Russia and the West at daggers dra…

    50953 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 47287 retweets and 168 favorites
    8 positive votes on Reddit
    1802 shares and 1482 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 31 plus ones and 3 reshares
    50 shares on LinkedIn

  3. Israeli PM orders ground offensive in Gaza: official statement
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-18 at 01:46:05

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.

    45384 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 44886 retweets and 85 favorites
    13 positive votes on Reddit
    174 shares and 113 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares and 4 plus ones
    4 shares on LinkedIn

  4. Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine
    Published by BBC on 2014-07-18 at 03:19:02

    All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a Malaysian airliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack.

    39305 Shares
    114 twitter shares, 8181 retweets and 252 favorites
    737 positive votes on Reddit
    10705 shares and 19102 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 82 plus ones and 6 reshares
    104 shares on LinkedIn
    2 views on StumbleUpon

  5. Elaine Stritch, Broadway’s Enduring Dame, Dies at 89
    Published by The New York times on 2014-07-18 at 00:40:40

    Ms. Stritch, a brassy, tart-tongued actress and singer, became perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s acrid musings on aging.

    36505 Shares
    102 positive votes on Reddit
    6703 shares and 29517 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 65 plus ones and 11 reshares
    67 shares on LinkedIn
    20 views on StumbleUpon

  6. Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza Strip
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-18 at 05:29:16

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants’ rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

    31736 Shares
    104 twitter shares, 30506 retweets and 202 favorites
    13 positive votes on Reddit
    536 shares and 300 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 17 plus ones
    38 shares on LinkedIn

  7. French high-speed train crashes
    Published by BBC on 2014-07-17 at 23:44:19

    A French high-speed TGV train collides with a regional express in south-western France injuring several people.

    21988 Shares
    104 twitter shares, 21334 retweets and 109 favorites
    64 positive votes on Reddit
    273 shares and 86 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares and 6 plus ones
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  8. MH17 crash: Aids researchers heading to Melbourne believed among dead
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-18 at 05:22:46

    Scientists were on route to the 20th international Aids conference, due to start on Sunday Continue reading…

    17425 Shares
    108 twitter shares, 15391 retweets and 70 favorites
    47 positive votes on Reddit
    831 shares and 953 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 14 plus ones
    5 shares on LinkedIn

  9. Edward Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that’ – video interview
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-17 at 19:30:00

    Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, talks exclusively to Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow. The 31-year-old former intelligence analyst discusses whether he is a Russian spy, his likely fate if he r…

    15412 Shares
    115 twitter shares, 6605 retweets and 406 favorites
    773 positive votes on Reddit
    3184 shares and 4054 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 87 plus ones and 19 reshares
    143 shares on LinkedIn
    6 views on StumbleUpon

  10. Israel launches Gaza ground invasion
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-07-18 at 09:46:57

    Hamas says Israel to pay “high price” as tanks and troops enter Palestinian territory in major escalation of offensive.

    14777 Shares
    110 twitter shares, 7878 retweets and 136 favorites
    112 positive votes on Reddit
    3116 shares and 3354 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares, 42 plus ones and 3 reshares
    6 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  11. Malaysia passenger jet shot down over Ukraine
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-07-18 at 09:00:02

    Malaysian Airlines fight MH17 carrying 298 passengers and crew crashes in eastern Ukraine, in apparent missile strike.

    14157 Shares
    114 twitter shares, 6899 retweets and 169 favorites
    5 positive votes on Reddit
    3316 shares and 3585 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 1 reshares
    42 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Malaysia Airlines Jet With 295 People Aboard Crashes in Ukraine
    Published by The New York times on 2014-07-17 at 22:59:10

    The plane crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday near the Russian border, and Ukrainian officials said a Russian-made antiaircraft system may have shot it down.

    13655 Shares
    7000 shares and 6197 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 250 plus ones and 62 reshares
    49 shares on LinkedIn
    77 views on StumbleUpon

  13. Malaysia Airlines Plane With 295 Aboard Crashes in Ukraine
    Published by The New York times on 2014-07-17 at 23:55:43

    The plane crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, and Ukrainian officials said a Russian-made antiaircraft system may have shot it down.

    13642 Shares
    6996 shares and 6188 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 250 plus ones and 62 reshares
    49 shares on LinkedIn
    77 views on StumbleUpon

  14. Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say
    Published by The New York times on 2014-07-18 at 07:50:56

    Malaysia Airlines 17, which was carrying 298 people onboard, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that might have been Russian made, American officials said.

    13612 Shares
    2 positive votes on Reddit
    6989 shares and 6182 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 266 plus ones and 62 reshares
    76 shares on LinkedIn
    15 views on StumbleUpon

  15. Malaysia Airlines Jet Missing Over Ukraine
    Published by The New York times on 2014-07-17 at 21:17:49

    Malaysia Airlines reported losing contact with an Amsterdam-Kulala Lumpur flight over Ukraine. A Russian news agency reported it had been shot down.

    13417 Shares
    5 positive votes on Reddit
    6996 shares and 6192 likes on Facebook
    18 Google+ Shares, 164 plus ones and 34 reshares
    8 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes in east Ukraine
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-17 at 23:25:00

    Plane carrying 298 people may have been shot down near Russian border but government and separatists deny involvement Read our latest story on the Malaysia Airlines crash Follow the latest developments on our live blog Continue reading…

    11128 Shares
    110 twitter shares, 2075 retweets and 88 favorites
    61 positive votes on Reddit
    3961 shares and 4544 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 147 plus ones and 54 reshares
    68 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Questions Surround NBC’s Removal Of Ayman Mohyeldin From Gaza
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-07-18 at 06:24:40

    NEW YORK — When Israel invaded Gaza in early 2009, Ayman Mohyeldin was one of the only journalists present to bear witness. He covered Israeli air strikes on Gaza in late 2012, and on Wednesday he movingly reported on an attack that killed four Palestini…

    10655 Shares
    108 twitter shares, 10183 retweets and 160 favorites
    127 shares and 74 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  18. Israeli military begins ground offensive in Gaza live updates
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-18 at 09:44:38

    Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza aimed at "terror infrastructure", particularly underground tunnels into IsraelAround 60,000 Israeli troops reportedly massed on borderPalestinian death toll has reportedly risen to around 247No reports of Israeli m…

    10221 Shares
    115 twitter shares, 6335 retweets and 249 favorites
    7 positive votes on Reddit
    1880 shares and 1553 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 48 plus ones and 8 reshares
    6 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Missile destroys Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298 people
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-18 at 08:06:00

     Pro-Russia rebels suspected of downing airliner Ukrainian president condemns ‘terrorist act’ World leaders react with shock and revulsion Follow the latest developments on our live blog Continue reading…

    10047 Shares
    104 twitter shares, 5024 retweets and 41 favorites
    5 positive votes on Reddit
    2100 shares and 2470 likes on Facebook
    13 Google+ Shares, 216 plus ones and 67 reshares
    7 shares on LinkedIn

  20. New U.S. sanctions hit top Russian firms; Kiev says Russia shoots down its jet
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-18 at 05:09:10

    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence i…

    7716 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 7294 retweets and 66 favorites
    11 positive votes on Reddit
    188 shares and 32 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 8 plus ones
    6 shares on LinkedIn

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