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Jul 18, 2014

White House urges Ukraine ceasefire for plane probe, Obama talks to Putin

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to allow easy access to a downed Malaysian jetliner and President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused the crash.

“It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement, urging Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine to support a cease-fire to permit safe and unfettered access to the wreckage.

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Obama pledges U.S. help for Malaysian plane probe, talks to Putin

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused a Malaysian jetliner to crash in a Ukraine war zone and pledged support to the affected countries as the probe moves forward.

Obama went ahead with a trip to tout infrastructure investment in Delaware and to raise money for Democrats in New York despite the incident in which 295 people, including reportedly 23 Americans, lost their lives.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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