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Why did MH17 fly over a war zone?

Were red flags ignored before the decision was made to fly Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the conflict in Eastern Ukraine?

Opinion: How MH17 disaster backs Russia's Putin into a corner

Few things are ever certain in the murky world of post-Soviet politics, but the balance of evidence as it currently stands points overwhelmingly towards pro-Russian separatists as the perpetrators of Thursday's missile attack that caused the death of 293 people on-board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Tehran a new tourism magnet?

Iran has experienced a massive increase in tourists coming to country, a change many credit to the president Hasan Rouhani. Now the nation's capital is running out of hotel space.

Separatists 'most likely fired missile'

A classified U.S. intelligence analysis says it is most likely that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, CNN has learned.

ISIS threatens Iraqi Christians in Mosul

Extremists occupying large swaths of Iraq and Syria have issued a threat to Iraqi Christians in the city of Mosul to accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face "death by the sword."

Accusations fly over MH17 crash

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday blasted the "terrorists" he blamed for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine a day earlier, with 298 people aboard.

Israel 'prepared to widen offensive'

Israel's ground operation is aimed at halting Hamas rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel. Hamas says Israel "will pay a heavy price."

Video reportedly shows MH17 crash

New video and photos reportedly show a Malaysia Airlines flight that has crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border. .

Indian PM pushes plan for 100 'smart cities'

In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 "smart cities" -- cities outfitted with high-tech communication capabilities -- across the country.

Super typhoon threatens China

After wreaking damage on the Philippines over Tuesday and Wednesday, a newly intensified Typhoon Rammasun is bearing down on Hainan and Guangzhou provinces in southern China.

Whizz kid helps fight cancer

Medical student, Joshua Meier has been celebrated for his research into how aging cells could help in the fight against cancer.

Obama imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Russia has failed to take steps to end the Ukraine conflict, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in announcing expanded sanctions targeting two banks, two energy companies, Ukraine separatists and defense companies.

Mortars fired into Israel despite ceasefire

At least three mortars were fired from Gaza into southern Israel some two hours after a temporary lull in hostilities went into effect to allow humanitarian supplies into the area.