WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls “the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict” there. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, a team of international investigators were escorted by armed Ukrainian troops and armored vehicles to the Malaysia Airlines crash site. Dozens of bodies have yet to be retrieved since the disaster two weeks ago. Also, the director of the CIA apologized to Senate leaders for searches conducted by agency employees on their office computers earlier this year. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, two aircrafts ferried the first of the victims from MH17 back to the Netherlands, home country of 193 of the 298 people killed in the crash. Also, a Trans-Asia Airways plane crashed in a storm as it was trying to land on a small island. At least 47 are feared dead. Continue reading
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says U.S. intelligence has confirmed that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 originated in Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels, but that Russia is not yet absolved of complicity. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss coordination with Europe on potential sanctions against Russia and U.S. hopes for a Mideast cease-fire. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, five days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, the remains of 200 of the 298 victims are awaiting transportation to the Netherlands. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports from Ukraine. Also, researchers in the U.S. and U.K. say they’ve taken a “big step” toward developing future drug treatments for schizophrenia. Continue reading
Four days after a Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in Ukraine, international teams are still seeking access to the rebel-controlled site. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports on the drama over the fate of the victims’ bodies. Gwen Ifill examines pressure for President Vladimir Putin to encourage pro-Russian separatists to cooperate with recovery and investigation efforts. Continue reading
Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai said today that critical evidence has been recovered from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that is believed to have been shot down Thursday near the Ukrainian-Russian border. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was overwhelming evidence that pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane. Continue reading
In some of the administration’s harshest criticism of Russia since the crisis in Ukraine began earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the U.S. case that the separatists are to blame for the downing of the aircraft and that Russia was almost certainly complicit. He demanded that Russia act immediately to rein in the rebels and to actively support a transparent investigation into what happened to the plane. Continue reading
The cascade of international crises this week comes as the American public’s views about President Obama’s foreign policy have soured, turning what was once seen as his strength into a potential liability. For a second-term president already hamstrung on the domestic front, the world stage hardly looks like the refuge it sometimes has offered leaders in their final White House years.