iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Starting Monday, airline passengers will begin paying more in fees when they purchase airfare.

Earlier this year, Congress voted to raise the security fee on all airplane tickets, and the hike goes into effect on Monday.

Travelers had previously been paying $2.50 in security fees for non-stop flights and $5 for a connecting flight. The new fees will cost $5.60 for all flights.

For passengers with a layover of more than four hours, that fee will be doubled.

While the TSA is facing criticism for the fee hikes, it was Congress who opted to make the change. About 75 percent of the add revenue is expected to go toward reducing the federal deficit.

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MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin issued a statement Monday that fell short of calling for separatist rebels from eastern Ukraine to turn over control of the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to international teams.

Instead, the Russian leader only says that the safety and security of monitors trying to reach the scene must be guaranteed.

Putin also used his statement to assign partial blame to the central government in Kiev for creating what he charges are the conditions that have led to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

No one yet has taken responsibility for shooting down the plane with 298 people on board, nearly 200 of them from the Netherlands on their way to Malaysia. However, all signs point to the rebels, especially after Ukrainian intelligence claims to have intercepted a call between the separatists and the Russian military that discussed the shoot-down of Flight 17.

Meanwhile, Putin promises Russia will “do all that we can to move the conflict in eastern Ukraine from Monday’s military phase to” a negotiated solution.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday ordered all Ukrainian forces to cease military operations within 40 kilometers of the crash site, according to Russian news service Interfax.

Four days later, nearly all of the bodies of those onboard the plane have been recovered.

Dutch investigators and crews from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe arrived at the scene on Monday, after the Malaysian Transport Minister said Sunday that a team of 133 Malaysian experts and officials were denied access to the site.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An audit into the recently completed Afghan Presidential Election has been halted, the Afghan Independent Election Commission said Sunday.

Without providing further detail, the AIEC blamed the suspension on a “misunderstanding.”

Over the weekend, officials on each side staged walkouts in response to disputes over the audit process.

Both candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani have accused each other of electoral fraud following the June 14 run-off election. Abdullah won the initial round of voting, but failed to secure the 50 percent of the vote needed to void a runoff. In the second round of voting, Ghani finished on top.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this month that all votes in the election would be audited, a process that was always expected to take weeks to complete.

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Credit: US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department said Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cairo, Egypt on Monday to meet with senior officials on the ongoing tensions in Gaza.

“The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life,” a State Department statement said.

Kerry is expected to support a push for a ceasefire, similar to a truce agreed upon in November 2012.

Kerry is also expected to meet with Egyptian officials, as well as other officials from nations in the region.

The Egyptian government has pushed for a ceasefire agreement that is supported by both the United States and Israel, however, Hamas rejected the proposal.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEDONA, Ariz.) — A plane crash in the Bear Mountain area of Sedona left four people dead and a fire burning.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith said he did not know how many people were onboard the plane at the time of the crash, but that authorities believe four people were killed.

The crash site is difficult to access due to steep terrain and the ongoing fire, authorities said. Initial flyovers at about 4 p.m. on Sunday were unsuccessful in locating the wreckage, but just after 6 p.m. the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it had located the downed single-engine plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were alerted to the crash.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia Airlines announced on Sunday that it would retire the flight number MH17 after the flight was tragically shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said the decision was made “out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code.” The change will take effect on Friday, July 25.

The airline insists that there will be no changes to the route aside from the flight number, with the same flight frequency between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. The route will take on a new flight number, MH19, on Friday.

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DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — It may be some time before the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 are returned to their families.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News Sunday, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic said they would not be turned over until international inspectors come here to inspect them.

“We can and we want to give bodies to the relatives but experts have to examine the bodies here. That is international practice,” Alexander Borodai said.

He feared that if the remains are turned over to the Ukrainian government they will be used as evidence to blame his fighters for shooting down the plane, something he again denied.

The problem is that the team of international investigators remains in Kiev. Despite what has been described as a “preliminary” agreement on their travel to the crash site, there has been no announcement about when they might finally arrive.

“We guarantee their safety and their ability to work. After that the bodies can be transported wherever,” Borodai said. He insisted that he placed no conditions on their travel to the crash site and wants an “open and independent” investigation.

Borodai said he was willing to provide the remains unconditionally to the Russian government because he trusted them. Given Western accusations about Russia’s backing for the rebels, however, it remains to be seen if that will be an acceptable offer.

For now, the remains of nearly 200 passengers remain under rebel control and are being stored in refrigerated rail cars, not far from the crash site. Borodai said they would remain there until they are transported following the examination.

At a press conference, Borodai defended the decision to remove the bodies from the wreckage on Saturday, two days after the crash, saying it was “inhumane” to leave them there. The State Department had criticized that decision, saying it was compromising the crime scene.

The United States has also voiced concerns about the crash site being compromised under rebel control.

“We do our best not to do it,” Borodai said in response.

He dismissed growing concern about the crash site, which is essentially unguarded. Anywhere else in the world, such a scene would be roped off and crawling with investigators.

Yet here, only a handful of guards patrol the access roads and the wreckage. When ABC News departed the scene late Saturday evening, the rebels had retreated to their tents and left the site unmonitored.

Borodai said he has increased the number of guards but could not spare enough men from the front lines of their battle with the Ukrainian military.

“That is why we are inviting and waiting for the experts to come as soon as possible,” he said.

Even so, few expect the rebels to be neutral guards in the first place. The U.S. has expressed concerns that key evidence may have been carried off or disturbed in the days since the crash.

In response to reports that the site may have been looted, Borodai insisted it was done only by a handful of locals and promised to prosecute them according to the “laws of war.”

International monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are not investigators but have been observing the conflict, have so far been unsatisfied with the access they have received at the crash site. On Saturday, rebel guards would not let them approach the wreckage.

Borodai said the OSCE team wanted him to cut off journalist access to the site, but he declined to do so, claiming his interest in “freedom of the press.”

Earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev provided the most detailed evidence thus far to prove the rebels shot the passenger plane down with a surface to air missile.

Borodai confirmed that his forces had recently refurbished what he described as a Strela-10, an old Soviet-era mobile surface-to-air missile system, which he said was a war trophy taken from the Ukrainian military. He said the weapon did not have enough power or range to shoot down a passenger jet at cruising altitude.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Education officials in Georgia want to give schools more opportunities to sell baked goods and other foods that don’t meet national guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Georgia state Board of Education, which calls new federal nutrition standards an “overreach,” wants to give schools 30 days per school year to sell sweets or fast food during fundraisers.

Even though schools have begun serving lunches with more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, some Georgia school officials are saying they depend on selling items like candy bars and baked goods to raise money for clubs, sports, and other programs.

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Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) — Rory McIlroy held on to win the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy, 25, led by six shots heading into the final round. The lead was down to two shots at one points, but he wound up closing with a 1-under-71 for a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

After winning the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with three different majors at age 25 or younger.

Woods shot a final-round 75 to tie for 69th, capping off his worst 72-hole finish in a major as a pro.

“I just had to get more game time,” Woods said. “I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that’s come along.”

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Rob Stothard/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Sunday moved the bodies of 196 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 into refrigerated trains that will stay in the rebel-held town of Torez, nine miles away from the debris field, until the arrival of an international aviation delegation, rebel leader Alexander Borodai told ABC News.

Armed rebels are limiting the access of rescue workers to the debris field, only allowing them to work for up to 75 minutes at a time, said Col. Andriy Lyenskol, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council.

Evidence suggests that Russia had previously provided support to the rebels accused of shooting down flight MH 17, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning.

“There are an enormous array of facts that point at Russia’s support for and involvement in this effort,” Kerry said. “Drunken separatists are stacking bodies into the backs of trucks, removing materials from the site … This is an insult to everybody. It’s really a moment of truth for Russia to step up and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

Kerry’s comments come as the United States Embassy in Kiev issued a statement detailing how Russia aided the rebels.

“Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the border from Russia into Ukraine,” read the statement. “We also have information indicating that Russia is providing training to separatist fighters at a facility in southwest Russia, and this effort included training on air defense systems.”

The embassy added that the surface-to-air missile that downed MH 17, a SA-11, was likely fired by rebels as there were no Ukrainian missile systems in the range of the debris field at the time of the strike.

The embassy also said that Ukraine has not fired any surface-to-air missiles in the conflict with separatists.

Borodai told ABC News that the rebels believe they have recovered the black boxes from flight MH 17 but that they are unsure of the finding and are waiting for the arrival of experts to verify the black boxes.

The items believed to be the black boxes will be protected and secured until investigators arrive, Borodai said.

Borodai also guaranteed the safety of international investigators and journalists at the MH 17 debris field. He questioned why experts had not yet arrived, suggesting that Ukraine was stalling investigations.

The international community has come together to mourn the 298 victims of flight MH 17.

In the Netherlands, families came together at Sunday morning church services to grieve and mourn.

In Rome, Pope Francis led a prayer in St. Peter’s Square for peace in Ukraine.

“I invite you to remember and to keep praying for tensions and conflicts which are going on in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in Ukraine,” he said.

In Australia, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne opened with a tribute to several delegates who were killed in the MH 17 disaster.

“It’s a really important time for what we think everyone needs, which is a space to grieve and to respect the six members of our community that died on MH 17,” conference co-chair Sharon Lewin said.

Among the victims who were en route to the conference was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of HIV/AIDS.

There were nearly 100 HIV/AIDS researchers and scientists on flight MH 17 when it was shot down over Ukraine.

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