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  • HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 18- Malaysian Airlines System Bhd shares fell sharply on Friday after one of its planes was downed over Ukraine, putting more pressure on a carrier still reeling from the disappearance of Flight MH370 in March.

  • Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines. In the hours after Thursday's disaster involving a Malaysia Airlines jet, carriers around the globe began rerouting flights to avoid Ukraine.

  • Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    Just four months earlier, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner carrying 239 people disappeared about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Even before the Flight 370 mystery, state-owned Malaysia Airlines was in serious financial trouble.

  • Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:43 AM ET

    HRABOVE, Ukraine— Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed, a tragedy that could further heighten tensions between Russia and the West.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 18- Malaysian Airlines System Bhd shares fell sharply on Friday on news one of its planes was downed in Ukraine, raising pressure on the state-run carrier to try to restore investor confidence after the second major disaster in months.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.

  • SINGAPORE, July 18- Gold climbed on Friday on safe-haven demand after a Malaysian airliner was downed in eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people onboard, escalating geopolitical tensions and pushing down global equity markets.

  • BERLIN/ MEXICO CITY, July 18- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.

  • MEXICO CITY, July 17- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- U.S. airlines have voluntarily agreed to avoid airspace near the Russia- Ukraine border, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday. The agency said it consulted U.S. airlines after learning of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

  • For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, spawning an international mystery that remains unsolved.

  • HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 17- A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

  • LONDON, July 17- European shares slumped on Thursday, sharply extending losses at the end of the trading day on news that a Malaysian passenger plane had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. The crash revived investors' fears over tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

  • Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.

  • Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    HRABOVE, Ukraine— A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro- Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

  • Ewald Nowotny, a member of the ECB's policymaking Governing Council, said the central bank was looking with an open mind at the possibility of buying ABS, but was not certain to go ahead.

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences, during a phone call in which Iran and North Korea were discussed.

  • LONDON, July 10- Oil fell towards $108 a barrel on Thursday, extending its longest losing streak in four years, under pressure from weak gasoline demand in the United States and the prospect of rising supply from Libya. Brent crude was down 26 cents at $108.02 a barrel by 1341 GMT, down for a ninth straight session and matching a similar losing run in May 2010.