Europe's top diplomats agreed Tuesday to impose sanctions on more Russian officials and entities that have allegedly contributed to the unrest in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by a suspected Russian missile.
Pro-Russia separatists who are believed to have used the ?Buk? antiaircraft missile system to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine probably needed Russian assistance to operate it, senior U.S. officials said Friday.
After being half a step behind the United States for months, Europe is likely to come under heavy pressure to impose stronger sanctions on Moscow if convincing evidence emerges of a Russian link to the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner.
Thousands of Israeli troops, backed by tanks, warplanes and gunboats, pressed deeper into the Gaza Strip on Friday as Palestinian militants returned fire with rockets and mortar rounds and terrified residents hunkered down in their homes.