A flight operated by Air Algérie carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early on Thursday, the plane’s owner said.
Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 1.55am GMT the official Algerian news agency said. That means that flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public. Full story
“I expect nothing from the Russian government. What they can do … they can supply weapons, they can send well-trained agents, they can support these guerrillas, but they have to stop and Putin has to realise that enough is enough. This is not the conflict just between Ukraine and Russia. This is an international and global conflict after they shot down MH17.”—
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, who has urged President Putin to realise that “enough is enough” and to order the Russia-backed separatists to withdraw immediately from Ukraine.
• Death toll: Authorities have updated the death toll to 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, near the Russian border, to include three infants not counted earlier.
• Crash site: Ukrainian emergency workers have found the plane’s black box flight recorder, AFP has reported. It was earlier believed the recorder had been taken by pro-Russia separatists in the area.
• Audio: Audio was being circulated on social media, apparently released by Ukrainian security services, purporting to be an intercepted conversation of pro-Russia rebels confirming they had shot down a civilian jet.
• Airspace: Air safety experts have criticised Malaysia Airlines for flying over Ukraine airspace but the company maintains that the flight path was deemed safe to travel by civil aviation authorities.
Malaysia Airlines plane 'crashes in Ukraine' - live blog
A passenger jet has reportedly crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area where separatist rebels have been engaging Ukrainian army forces in recent weeks.
The Malaysia Airlines plane, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, apparently had 295 people on board and crashed near the town of Snezhnoe, according to a report from Interfax news agency which could not immediately be confirmed.
Ryan Block called Comcast, his internet provider, to cancel his account, but the ‘retention specialist’ on the other end of the line really didn’t want him to do that. The resulting conversation was painful to say the least.
Now Comcast has contacted Block directly to issue a cringe-inducing apology: “We are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.”
The Home Office has suspended a passport official and ordered a disciplinary investigation after an employee subjected a gay father-of-two to a lengthy interrogation about his sexual history and the details of his adoptions in front of the man's four-year-old son.
Randall Cole was last month questioned for half an hour about his sexual practices, including whether he had ever had sex with a woman, and forced to discuss the terms of the adoptions and his relationship with the biological mother. He was also asked whether his children were “confused” by their family – as the child sat on his lap.
“I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them”—
George Clooney has rejected the Daily Mail’s apology for a false story about his fiancee’s mother.
Two days ago, the actor said the newspaper had published a false and irresponsible story about his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin.
It claimed that her mother, Baria, had told “half of Beirut” that she opposed the forthcoming wedding on religious grounds because she is a member of Lebanon’s Druze community. Full story here
“Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.
Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.”—Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican
Germany advances to the final on Sunday, while judging by the pictures below, we assume Brazil will go and make up for the shots it didn’t take on the pitch by heading off and taking some at the nearest bar.
“The new pain in the arse”—Tour de France 2014: The Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has warned that British crowds taking selfies are endangering the safety of riders, while the American Tejay van Garderen called the craze “a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity”. Full story here
“On our flight out to Thailand for our honeymoon, [my husband] got stopped at Heathrow security as he was deemed to be causing offence to other passengers. His crime? Wearing at T-shirt with a picture of a Lego Han Solo and the words “Don’t get Cocky!””—
“I’m not the first to say that the best way to counter this sort of misogyny in the workplace – be it harassment of more serious cases of abuse – is to make companies more diverse. The presence of more women at the top won’t be a magic pill, but it’s at least a starting point for to de-escalating toxic behaviors against women and people of color that lead to brutal work environments.”—Jessica Valenti: Tinder’s sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It’s another wake-up call
“We must win the struggle for girls’ rights being waged against Boko Haram in Nigeria. On one side there are terrorists, murderers, rapists and cowards, hell bent on justifying their acts of discrimination and depravity against girls in terms of their religious creeds. On the other, defiant, brave-beyond-belief young people, desperately fighting for a future and in need of our support.”—Gordon Brown: Britain must give more help to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram
Team USA made a spirited effort and Tim Howard, with 16 saves, now joins the ranks of great American heroes like George Washington and Bruce Springsteen. But in the end, the US were no match for Belgium. The surprisingly impressive US World Cup run ended tonight as they lost 2-1, breaking the stubbornly optimistic hearts of Believers everywhere.
But you know what. This is America, dammit, and we shall overcome. Say it with us now: