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Dutch prosecutor: Shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 ’most likely’ scenario

The possibility that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down from the ground is the “most likely” scenario being probed by dozens of detectives, the chief Dutch prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the downing of the jet said Friday. READ

Oscar Pistorius is convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend’s killing

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. READ

UN says 45 Fijian peacekeepers released by militants in Syrian Golan Heights

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian militants on Thursday released all 45 Fijian peacekeepers they had held captive for two weeks, bringing an end to a crisis that ensnared the U.N. monitoring force in the chaos of Syria’s civil war. READ

Sept. 11 anniversary commemoration held amid changes to sacred New York site

Americans marked the 13th anniversary Thursday of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with a New York ceremony held in amid new surroundings. READ

Pistorius murder trial: Judge says athlete cannot be found guilty of murder, but was negligent

In a lengthy verdict phase climaxing Oscar Pistorius’ trial, the judge said Thursday he can’t be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility he’ll be convicted of culpable homicide. READ

Ukraine leader promises to give rebellious eastern regions autonomy but not independence

Ukraine’s president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to rebellious regions in the pro-Russia east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. READ

Obama to outline mission to combat Islamic militants, including possible airstrikes in Syria

In a high-stakes address to the nation Wednesday night, President Barack Obama planned to outline a broad expansion of the U.S. military role in combating extremists in Iraq and Syria, including a call for arming Syrian opposition forces and potentially launching airstrikes in both countries. READ

Syrian rebel group names new leaders after explosion killed nearly a dozen leading members

A Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed a dozen of its senior figures in a devastating blow to one of the most powerful factions in the country’s armed opposition. READ

British Prime Minister Cameron implores Scots not to break his heart by leaving the U.K.

The British political establishment descended on Scotland Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week’s referendum. READ

2 Larger iPhones, wearable devices unveiled at Apple show

For the first time in years, Apple’s iPhones aren’t the star of the show. READ

With polls tight on Scottish independence, rest of UK worries about risks of breakaway

All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England’s border with Scotland to know he’ll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. READ

Obama to deliver national address on plans to expand US effort to confront militants

President Barack Obama will make a televised address Wednesday night to outline plans for an expanded U.S. effort to confront violent Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. READ

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 likely downed by “high energy objects” from outside

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday. READ

Special forces advisers already on the ground in northern Iraq: Nicholson

Two senior Conservative cabinet ministers are laying out the government’s case for deploying special forces to northern Iraq, calling the threat of Islamic extremists this generation’s great struggle. READ

British royal couple expecting second child

Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. READ

Ukraine’s president visits embattled city of Mariupol

Ukraine’s president made a surprise trip Monday to a government stronghold in the turbulent southeast, delivering a fiery speech to hundreds of workers in hard hats in a dramatic show of Kyiv’s strength in the region. READ

US, UK to send military help for Ebola

The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks. READ

Arab League backs battling the Islamic State group

The Arab League called Monday for its members to combat the Islamic State group, but stopped short of offering any specifics ahead of a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama outlining America’s strategy for challenging the extremists. READ

Baird and EU foreign policy chief Ashton cautious on Ukraine ceasefire

Canada won’t hesitate to level additional sanctions against Russia if the current fragile ceasefire with Ukraine does not hold, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday. READ

NATO approves new rapid response force aimed at deterring Russian aggression

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack. READ

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