A picture taken on July 17 shows a Malaysia Airlines closed counter at the Schiphol airport near Amsterdam after a Malaysian airliner crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. The plane went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
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Updated 6:25 p.m. The United States has not sent an ambassador to the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization, which has, in the past, investigated air disasters like the one Thursday where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet reportedly was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border. The post is one of many nominations tied up on the Senate floor, with Republicans protesting a Democratic change to filibuster rules.
[Update: The nominee is now slated for a vote Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced on the floor late Thursday, via CQ Roll Call's Sarah Chacko.]