National Newswatch

High above a conflict on the ground, which looked only to get worse, an airliner from a distant country on a routine flight is whacked out of the sky by — something.

In the uncertainty that follows, the 24/7 news operations give play to rumours, reports of intelligence service read-outs and, above all, competing accusations.

The president of Ukraine, where the doomed Malaysian passenger jet has been brought down, accuses the Russian separatists he is fighting of an “act of terror.”

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