MOCHA CUP 4 (JULY 24)

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United Kingdom investigators are to start examining the flight data recorder from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough will start the process almost a week after the plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.
All 298 people on board flight MH17 were killed in the crash in Ukraine on 17 July.
British accident investigators will attempt to retrieve data from the recorders following a request by authorities in the Netherlands.
The data recorder records technical information on the performance of the aircraft.
The other box takes down sounds such as pilots’ voices and, potentially, an explosion.

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MOCHA CUP 3 (JULY 24)

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Israel has gotten a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its war with Gaza on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.
Signs of a truce coming into place have remained elusive despite intensive mediation bids.
Israel says it needs more time to eradicate cross-border tunnels used by Hamas for attacks, while the Palestinian Islamists demand the blockade on the Gaza Strip be lifted.
With encouragement from the White House, Egypt has been trying to mediate a limited humanitarian ceasefire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, which follows the end of fasting in the month of Ramadhan.

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SPILT MILK!!! BREAKING NEWS (JULY 24)

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No fewer than 15 people have been reportedly killed and 200 injured as an Israeli shells hit a United Nations (UN) school in northern Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter.
The Gaza health minitry later said that 15 were confirmed dead, and 200 injured.
The AFP reported a UN official as confirming “multiple dead and injured”.
Israel has attacked UN schools before, saying that they were safe havens for the armed Palestinians.
The UN has criticised the Palestinian groups various times for using UN schools to hide fighters and weapons.
A witness who arrived at the Kamal Adwan hospital after the attack told Al Jazeera news agency that they were sitting in the school, because they were told it was safe.
“By God, there was not a single fighter, not a single shot was fired from the school. Why did they shoot at the school? Why? Can someone explain that to me? Why would they shell the school?”

NEWSSOURCES/AF

MOCHA CUP 2 (JULY 24)

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum.
She and her family flew on an Italian government plane, accompanied by Italian minister Lapo Pistelli.
Evidence of the trip was made via Facebook when Pistelli, Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs, posted a photo of himself with Ibrahim and her children on his account as they were about to land in Rome.
Her husband, Daniel Wani, a Christian, is from South Sudan and has US nationality.
Their daughter Maya was born in prison in May, shortly after Ibrahim was sentenced to hang for apostasy – renouncing one’s faith – sparking global outrage.
Under intense international pressure, her conviction was quashed and she was freed in June.
She was given South Sudanese travel documents but was arrested at Khartoum airport, accused of using fake identity papers.

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MOCHA CUP 1 (JULY 24)

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An Algerian plane that went missing after taking off from Burkina Faso has crashed in Northern Mali.
Air Algerie has said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers.
The airline management said air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff.
It said the company initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.
A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to some 135 passengers, and chartered from a Portuguese firm.
Over 110 people are expected to be listed as being on board the flight, although there is no news about casualties.

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