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UK govt: ‘Significant possibility’ bomb may have downed Russian passenger jet over Sinai

The UK says it has concluded that the Russian A321 jet that crashed over Egypt’s Sinai on Saturday was likely brought down by an “explosive device.” The British government decided at a crisis meeting to ground all UK passenger flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh.  Read more.


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