"This Is How Putin Kills." That was the headline emblazoned Monday across the cover of the right-wing Polish magazine wSieci. The cover included images two images, one from the crash site in eastern Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with one immediately below of a jetliner engulfed in a fireball. A caption for the jetliner picture, all but certainly a digitally altered photograph, implied that it was the Polish government jet that crashed in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010 with 96 people on board, including the country's then-president, Lech Kaczynski. That crash is seared in the Polish national memory, and last week's events in eastern Ukraine are bringing back painful memories of that disaster -- and fueling long-standing conspiracy theories blaming Russia for the earlier crash.
Does love conquer all? That's the question being asked by a group of 20-somethings in the West Bank amid renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas. Using the popular dating apps Tinder and Grindr, they are examining how the conflict is playing out on these online dating services.
As the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza over the weekend, the bloodiest 48-hour period in Syria's civil war went largely unnoticed. More than 700 Syrians were killed on Thursday and Friday, according to an NGO tracking the conflict, providing a stark reminder that a war that has raged for years shows no signs of winding down.
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Among the 298 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were a number of prominent AIDS researchers, activists, and health workers, according to the International AIDS Society. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, which was scheduled to kick off on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
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Britain's newly minted foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, called for a "U.N.-led investigation into the facts" of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying he was "deeply shocked" by the incident, and noting that an unknown number of British nationals were on board the plane.