Government and politics
BRUSSELS - Here's what is known, and what has been claimed, about Thursday's crash of a Malaysian jetliner carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine:
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."
Clinton said in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that her final decision will be "wholly personal" and does not want to decide until after she becomes a grandmother later this year.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The government is rushing to bring to trial a terminally ill Libyan man charged with a role in orchestrating al-Qaida's 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, his lawyer told a judge Thursday.
Attorney Bernard Kleinman filed papers in Manhattan federal court objecting to the government's handling of the case against Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli last October and brought to New York for trial.
KABUL - Afghanistan's election commission began auditing ballots Thursday following a U.S.-brokered deal between the two presidential contenders while a brazen attack on the Kabul airport underscored the dangers the country still faces in its troubled democracy.
The pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport temporarily shut down the facility and set off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials said.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. official said Thursday that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine.
The official said the U.S. was still working to determine additional details about the crash, including who fired the missile and whether it came from the Russian or Ukraine side of the border. But the official said it appeared unlikely the Ukrainian government forces shot down the plane because they don't have those capabilities.
As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down by the U.S. Navy and a South Korean airliner destroyed by a Russian fighter jet.
__Oct. 4, 2001: An errant surface-to-air missile fire by the Ukrainian military during exercises in the Crimea causes the crash of an Air Siberia airliner en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk. All 78 people on board were killed.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route also had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, who addressed a news conference after speaking with leaders of Ukraine, the Netherlands, and President Barack Obama, said "no stone will be left unturned" in finding out what happened to Flight 17.
LONDON - The Malaysia Airlines jet was flying far above the range of conventional portable anti-aircraft launchers when it was destroyed Thursday — but it was well within the altitude range of the powerful Buk missile-launcher.
That Russian-made system was blamed by an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister for the catastrophe, and defence experts said one could have fallen into the hands of separatist pro-Russia rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces.
WILMINGTON, Del. - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the passenger plane downed over Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and his top priority is finding out whether American citizens were on board.
Obama said he's directed his aides to stay in close contact with Ukrainian officials and offer U.S. help to determine what caused the crash. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people an act of terrorism.
EL ALTO, Bolivia - Alicia weaves through El Alto's stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colorful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lovers.
With luck, the 12-year-old and her mother will together muster $18 by day's end, all the while keeping watch over her younger brother and sister, ages 8 and 6.