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US working on case against Russia on downed plane

US developing its case that Ukraine separatists downed passenger plane, with Russian help
Matthew Lee, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a coverup at the crash site.

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Cooler temperatures, lighter winds could help firefighters with Washington state wildfires
The Associated Press

WINTHROP, Wash. - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles (kilometres).

Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine

Bodies from downed jetliner piled in boxcars in Ukraine; West condemns crash site tampering
Yuras Karmanau And Peter Leonard, The Associated Press

TOREZ, Ukraine - Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site.

Distraught Dutch mother: 'Send my children home'

Mother's appeal sums up nation's anguish at failure to get bodies of Ukraine victims home
Mike Corder, The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A distraught, grieving mother summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands on Sunday at faltering efforts to repatriate the bodies of loved ones killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, appealing directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin to return the bodies of her son and his girlfriend.

Gunmen attack Egypt troops, killing 21 near Libya

Military says 21 Egyptian troops killed in an attack by gunmen in western desert near Libya
Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press

CAIRO - Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in a brazen assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighbouring Libya.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called it a "terrorist attack" on soldiers defending the country's borders that will "not go unanswered.

"Terrorism will be uprooted from every part of Egypt," a statement from the presidency said. It declared a three-day mourning period.

Multiple bus crash in Germany kills 10, injures 69

German police say 10 killed, 69 injured when several buses crash near eastern city of Dresden
The Associated Press

BERLIN - A crash involving several buses on a highway in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured 69, police said Saturday.

The crash near Dresden occurred shortly before 2 a.m. when a Polish bus hit the rear of a Ukrainian bus and then broke through the median barrier, slamming into a Polish minibus travelling in the opposite direction, police said. The larger vehicle partly crushed the minibus before rolling down a verge.

Dutch leader calls on Putin to help crash probe

Dutch leader tells Putin to help Ukraine crash probe during 'extremely intense' phone call
The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - An angry Dutch prime minister says he has had an "extremely intense" telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he urged him to "show the world he intends to help" in the investigation into the Ukraine air disaster.

Mark Rutte told reporters on Saturday that he told Putin he must use his influence over separatist rebels in Ukraine to ensure they do not hinder efforts to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The plane crashed Thursday, killing all 298 passengers and crew, most of them Dutch citizens.

Forensic experts gather material to ID victims

Dutch forensic experts begin gathering material from next of kin to identify crash victims
Mike Corder, The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine.

Police said in a tweet that 40 pairs of detectives from the National Forensic Investigations Team would be visiting victims' relatives over the coming days.

Malaysia Airlines staff try to cope with disasters

Malaysia Airlines personnel try to cope with 2 disasters in less than 5 months
Satish Cheney, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Coping with two disasters within a few months has left some Malaysia Airlines employees so shaken that they've been unable to function properly at work, a union official said Saturday.

Singapore Airlines apologizes over Ukraine remarks

Singapore Airlines apologizes as social media remarks made after Malaysia jet crash stir anger
Satish Cheney, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Singapore Airlines apologized Saturday over social media remarks it posted after the Malaysian jetliner was shot down that were taken by many as being insensitive.

After the Malaysia Airlines plane went down over Ukraine with 298 onboard Thursday, postings on Facebook and Twitter from Singapore Airlines claimed that its flights do not fly across Ukrainian airspace. The remarks drew the ire of many Malaysians, with some taking to social media themselves.

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