1. UKRAINE – MALAYSIA AIRLINES
Answers still needed: Rebels gave Malaysian officials the data recorders from downed Flight 17 early today, days after the passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine. It was a significant step forward in an investigation that’s been stalled for days, but key questions remained unanswered: Will the black boxes give investigators the clues they need? What will happen to the bodies of the plane crash’s 298 victims, many of which are being kept in refrigerated train cars? And who pulled the trigger to bring the plane down?
2. MIDEAST CRISIS
Diplomatic rounds: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be back in Jerusalem today as the United States tries to broker a cease-fire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also supposed to be in town. More than 570 Palestinians have been killed during Israel’s incursion, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. Israel Defense Forces said 27 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting. Two civilians have died in rocket attacks.
3. SOUTH KOREA FERRY BODY
Identification made: DNA taken from a body last month in a plum field matches that of a fugitive billionaire wanted for questioning in a ferry sinking, police in South Korea said today. Yoo Byung-eun went missing after the ferry sank in April, killing 292 people. Through an investment mechanism and subsidiary, Yoo, 73, and his two sons were believed to have controlled the shipping company that operated the ferry. Authorities wanted to question him about alleged funds embezzlement, tax evasion and other irregularities.
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