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MH17 Report, Kerry Visits Mideast, iPhone 6 Unveiling

Floods in Pakistan and India have left at least 405 people dead
Floods in Pakistan and India have left at least 405 people dead

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dutch experts this morning published their preliminary report into the causes of the July 17 crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. The report stopped short of saying whether a missile had hit the aircraft, explaining instead that it broke in mid-air after being hit by “a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside.” The description matches the theory that the crash was caused by shrapnel from a missile, The Guardian writes.

The full report is expected to be finished within a year of the crash. The experts explained they needed to do further research to determine the cause “with greater precision.” The evidence released so far neither confirms nor rules out the responsibility of either Russia or Ukraine, as both sides use the missiles believed to have caused the damage, a BBC correspondent explained.

Last week’s heavy monsoon rainfalls over northern India and Pakistan have caused massive floods, leaving at least 405 people dead and thousands homeless, AP reports. Reporting about the difficult rescue operations, The New York Times explains that “a very large number” of people were still stranded yesterday with no food or water.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry begins a days-long visit to the Middle East today during which he will meet with officials from several allies, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia, in an attempt to build a broad regional coalition against ISIS, AFP reports. His trip comes one day after he hailed the formation of a more inclusive government in Iraq as a “major milestone.” But Bloomberg warns that Kerry’s task will not be an easy one because rival countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran will be wary of any move that might benefit the other. Meanwhile, CNN quotes two officials as saying that they are very close to identifying the killer with a British accent who is seen on the videos of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff last moments.

Soaring carbon dioxide emissions sent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a new record in 2013, a new UN report says.

Pro-Union parties in the UK are launching an 11th-hour attempt to woo Scottish voters into voting against independence in next week’s referendum, as new polls show both camps neck and neck.

As Economic Observer’s Sun Qizi reports, Chinese capital is flowing to South Korea, thanks to the popularity of South Korean television in China. “It’s estimated that by 2015 more than 370 million China households will be watching web television,” the journalist writes. “South Korean television dramas have over 1.5 billion fans worldwide, a third of which comes from China,” says Han Jiyuan, director of South Korea’s Investment Promotion Bureau.
Read the full article, TV Drama Is Driving A South Korean-Chinese Trade Boom.

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During her visit to China, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the “military-to-military ties” between the two countries had “grown and strengthened,” but she warned that the two “face challenges, and we certainly need to avoid any incidents that could complicate the relationship.” Her comment was a reference to an incident involving Chinese and U.S. aircrafts last month, which further strained the relationship between Beijing and Washington. Rice’s visit lays the foundation for President Barack Obama to visit Beijing in November, when he is expected to meet with his counterpart Xi Jinping. According to the Chinese press, Rice’s meetings with Chinese officials “has created a good atmosphere for the presidential visit.” Read more from the BBC.

Today is like Christmas for Apple fans. The company is expected to release its new iPhone later today, and rumors suggest that the Cupertino giant might also (finally) unveil its “iWatch.” Read more fromThe Verge.

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Murdoch's Resignation Adds To Biden Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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