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Pallbearers place a coffin into a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands. (AP)

Pallbearers place a coffin into a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands. (AP)

Fact-checking claims about MH 17, Russia and Ukraine

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has brought the world’s attention back to events there, months after Ukraine formed a new government over concerns about the country's increasing ties to Russia.

 

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Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.

"Right now, one third of all illegal aliens are going to California."  

Compared to President Obama, "President Reagan rushed home from Santa Barbara vacation, from the Reagan ranch when the Korean jetliner was shot out of the air by the Russians."

"Literally, by the time a child is 18 years of age, they've killed over 100,000 people in video games and other online things."

There are fewer wars, there are fewer people dying in wars "now than there have been in quite some time."

In Syria, "we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out."  

"The so-called defense minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk ... actually posted a bragging social media posting of having shot down a military transport. And then when it became apparent it was civilian, they pulled it down from social media."  

"For the first time in history, (Thor’s) hammer is being held by a woman."

"More than 50 percent of immigrants from (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) use at least one major welfare program once they get here."

"North Korea is telling its people that their men’s national team is in the World Cup final."

"Black voter turnout in 2012 exceeded the rate of white voter turnout, even in the states with the strictest voter ID laws."

"We are accepting more legal immigrants than we ever have in the history (of the United States.)"

Republicans "went out of the way to praise (Eric) Holder's nomination. ... Not a single Republican senator opposed Eric Holder's nomination."

"In New York, your chances of getting murdered are 1 in 25,000. In Honduras, it’s 1 in 14."

"Teenage births cost Texas taxpayers $1.1 billion in health care, foster care and lost tax revenue in 2010 alone."  

The Obama administration "manipulated deportation data to make it appear that the Border Patrol was deporting more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration."

"Radio Marti and TV Marti have spent more than $500 million to reach less than 1 percent of the Cuban population."  

Fox News is "banned in Canada" because it violates a law that "prevents ‘news’ channels from lying to their viewers."  

Children are crossing the border because President Barack Obama said "if you come, you’re going to be able to stay, because we’re not going to enforce the law."

"This president has offered fewer executive actions than almost any other president preceding his presidency in recent history."

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