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Reflections on an unforgiving day

WE ate breakfast to the news that an airliner had crashed in Ukraine. We had lunch to the news that Israel had invaded Gaza. An airliner crashing is perhaps more impactful than an invasion. We have all wondered, when we hear of a crash, or even in quiet moments onboard an aircraft ourselves, what living our final moments in a plane plunging to earth, knowing that we will die, would be like. An invasion is harder for some of us to empathize with. Most of us have never invaded a country nor been in a country while it was invaded. But it shares this much with a plane crash: Your life is in danger, and your fate is out of your hands.

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Families drawn again to Malaysia airport after 2nd air tragedy in four months

IT should have been a time for celebration in the predominately Muslim country of Malaysia, as families prepare for festivities to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period. Instead the country is in shock from a second air tragedy in four months.

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Downing of MH17 changes equation for Obama Ukraine policy

WASHINGTON—Having just ratcheted up the pressure on Russia with a new round of sanctions not 24 hours before, the Obama administration on Thursday faced a potentially volatile new development in Ukraine with the downing of a Malaysian jetliner.

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