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Obama calls leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia about downed plane

  • US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on July 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

NEW YORK: US President Barack Obama called the leaders of Ukraine and Malaysia on Thursday to discuss the shooting down of an airliner carrying 298 people over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Obama spoke to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as he flew to New York on Air Force One, amid a crisis over the downing of the Boeing 777 plane operated by Malaysia Airlines.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters further details of the call would be released later Thursday.

 
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