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World-Renowned Giant Rubber Duck Goes Missing in China

A giant rubber duck installed on China's Nanming River has disappeared. The duck, a sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was widely acclaimed and warmly received when it arrived in China, but disappeared swiftly from the waters as the river rose. No one appears to have any indication of where the duck landed. Jul 21, 2014 9:50 AM PT

Australian PM Abbott Puts Military on Standby 'to Ensure We Get Justice' for MH17 Victims

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that he has put his nation's military on standby in response to the alleged shooting down of commercial aircraft Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, on which 28 Australian citizens died. Any action by Russia to prevent Australian access to the crash site, he said, would be taken "very badly." Jul 21, 2014 9:14 AM PT

Separatist Rebels Allow International Investigators into MH17 Crash Site

Thirty independent investigators from the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have arrived at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile over disputed territory in Ukraine. Jul 18, 2014 11:00 AM PT

MH17: Planes Flew over Ukrainian War Zone Because It was Cheaper

In the aftermath of the horrific fall of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine Thursday, the United States Federal Aviation Administration warned airlines not to fly over that airspace, and it received voluntary agreements from airlines that they would not. But why were they flying over war zones to begin with? Jul 18, 2014 9:51 AM PT

Report: MH17's Black Boxes are in the Hands of Russian Separatist Gangs

As the international community attempts to piece together the facts surrounding the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over disputed Ukrainian territory, the plane's black boxes-- pivotal to the investigation-- appear to have been found. Whether Russian separatists will hand the boxes over to investigators, however, remains to be seen. Jul 18, 2014 9:35 AM PT

Undeterred by Hamas Rockets, Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate to Israel

Jewish communities around the world are not letting terrorist attacks from Hamas deter them from relocating to Israel. This week, hundreds of French Jews arrived in Israel to settle in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, while incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise in France itself. Jul 18, 2014 8:50 AM PT

Putin Denies Reopening of Cuban Spy Base

Russian newspaper Kommersant reported this week that, upon his visit to Havana, Russian President Vladimir Putin had reached an agreement with the Cuban government to reopen a spy base in Lourdes, a town south of Havana. The Russian President is denying that he struck such a deal, however. Jul 17, 2014 7:07 PM PT

UN Head Calls ISIS Gains 'Deeply Worrisome,' Suggests Sanctions on Jihadist Group

The jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), rose to prominence in June as it swept through northern Iraq, conquering major cities like Mosul and Tikrit. One month later, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the group is "deeply worrisome" and countries should sanction it. Jul 17, 2014 7:01 PM PT

Australian Great White Shark Makes Beach Landing After Choking on Sea Lion

Australian beachgoers were disrupted this week with the presence of a thrashing, four-meter-long great white shark making its way ashore on Coronation Beach, in the western city of Geraldton. Experts say the shark appears to have choked on a large sea lion and found itself ashore in the final minutes of its life. Jul 17, 2014 11:12 AM PT

Russia, China, and Allies to Establish 'Mini-IMF' to Rival West

The countries forming the BRICS alliance – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – have agreed to develop a Shanghai-based banking institution to rival the International Monetary Fund. The organization would lend money to friendly nations and aspires to take power away from the Western nations governing the IMF. Jul 16, 2014 3:41 PM PT

China 'Hopes' U.S. Keeps Nose out of South China Sea Dispute

The government of China is making increasingly clear that it is not comfortable with the looming presence of the United States over its multiple disputes in the South China Sea against the Philippines and Vietnam, noting in a statement that it would rather "countries outside the region strictly maintain their neutrality." Jul 16, 2014 3:32 PM PT

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