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LAST_UPDATEFri, 25 Jul 2014 9am

MH17: Grim Task Of Identifying Bodies Begins

The process to identify the first 40 victims of flight MH17 began almost immediately after they were brought to the army base in Hilversum. Pic: NST/Farrah Naz KarimHILVERSUM: THE process to identify the first 40 victims of flight MH17 began almost immediately after they were brought to the army base in Hilversum.

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Casualty Numbers Raise Questions About Gaza War

A Palestinian youth carries blankets donated to the United Nations school where hundreds of families sought refuge after fleeing their homes due to heavy Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes and are staying in 77 UN shelters, according to UNRWA, the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians. The number of people who have been forced to seek shelter has increased nearly six-fold since the start of Israel's ground operation. Pic: APGAZA CITY:  Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Victims’ Bodies Arrive In The Netherlands

Netherlands ceremony for the dead of MH17The bodies of the first victims of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 tragedy have been returned to the Netherlands, honoured by a moment of silence, and Dutch soldiers, dignitaries and grieving family members.

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Heatstroke Kills Three In Japan, Thousands Hospitalised

People enjoy bathing in a crowded swimming pool at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo on July 28, 2013. — AFP picTOKYO— Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead and 3,000 others taken to hospital with heatstroke in the course of a week, officials said today.

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Ukraine To Impose Sanctions On Russian Individuals, Firms

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (left) meets with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Kiev, March 3, 2014. — Reuters pic KIEV--Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said today Kiev would impose sanctions on Russian individuals and companies who support “terrorists” directly or indirectly.

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British Journalist For Russian TV Missing In East Ukraine

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region July 20, 2014. — Reuters picMOSCOW— A Russian television channel said today it had lost contact with a British journalist reporting from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

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Islamic State Says Carried Out Baghdad Suicide Bombing

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. — Reuters picBAGHDAD— Islamic State militants claimed responsibility today for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.

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S. Korean Police Slammed Over Ferry Tycoon’s Body

An official from the Incheon District Prosecutors' office carries a box during a raid of the home of Yoo Byung-un, in Seoul April 23, 2014. — Reuters picSEOUL— South Korea’s police force was pilloried as doltish and incompetent today after announcing that a body found six weeks ago was that of a fugitive tycoon at the heart of a months-long manhunt.

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Thai Junta Chief Could Remain PM Under New Government

The military, under army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, said it acted to restore order after months of political turmoil as protesters tried to topple the government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. — Reuters pic BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said on Wednesday, outlining details of an interim constitution.

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Harding Letters Reveal Steamy Side Of 29th US President

US president Warren Harding, a Republican, served in the White House from 1921 to 1923. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON: On Christmas Eve 1910, future US President Warren Harding wrote his mistress Carrie Phillips a letter that began: “There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you … mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild.”

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