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Airlines body calls on governments to lead review of airspace risks

Governments should take the lead in reviewing how risk assessments for airspace are made, the head of the International Air Transport Association said, after airlines called for a summit following the downing of an airliner over Ukraine. The issue of flying over conflict zones has come into sharp focus after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, with airlines Emirates and Lufthansa calling for an international summit to discuss how the industry evaluates risk. "No effort should be spared in ensuring that this outrage is not repeated," IATA Director General Tony Tyler said in a statement on Tuesday. Geneva-based IATA represents around 200 global airlines.
Indonesian presidential election tally shows Jakarta governor Widodo wins 53 percent of vote

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian presidential election tally shows Jakarta governor Widodo wins 53 percent of vote.
CIT Group buying OneWest Bank in $3.4B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — CIT Group is buying regional bank OneWest Bank in a $3.4 billion cash-and-stock deal.
Malaysia quietly worked back channels to secure bodies, black boxes

By Trinna Leong and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little. The reasons for that reticence - which had drawn criticism at home - became clear on Tuesday, when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced shortly after midnight that his government had negotiated the release of the remains of nearly 300 victims of Flight MH17 from separatist-held territory. Najib, working through intermediaries to reach rebel leader Alexander Borodai, was a key figure in brokering the deal, according to two sources in Malaysia with direct knowledge of the negotiations. "The conversation was not initiated by Malaysia, but it was the Prime Minister’s project," one of the sources said.
Britain to hold public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, leaves the High Court in LondonBritain said on Tuesday it will hold a public inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder from his deathbed after he was poisoned in London in 2006. Last year, the British government rejected a request for an inquiry into the killing of Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a plush London hotel, leading to accusations it wanted to appease the Kremlin which has always denied any involvement in the death.





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