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More than 40 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash

Wreckage of the TransAsia Airways flight GE222 after it crashed in Penghu islands. (AFP)
Taipei - 

More than 40 people were feared dead in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing.

First MH17 bodies arrive in bereft Netherlands

This aerial photo shows people watching from a bridge a convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, driving from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum. (AFP)
Eindhoven - 

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site.

Uproar after India MP 'force-feeds' fasting worker

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AFP)
New Delhi - 

India's parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a man during the holy month of Ramadan.

Dutch prepare to fly out MH17 bodies as EU moves to punish Russia

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. (AFP)
Kharkiv - 

Dutch experts on Tuesday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash.

Arrests after 85 bags of body parts found in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam - 

Tanzanian police said Tuesday they had arrested eight people after 85 bags stuffed with human body parts including limbs, fingers and skulls were found dumped in a landfill.

France raid nets three suspected militants

Paris - 

Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police said.

Rebel attacks kill 18 in Philippines

Cotabato - 

An escalation of fighting between the Philippine army and a breakaway rebel group in the country's south killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said Tuesday.

US President Barack Obama. (AFP)

Russia under fire as Obama calls crash site chaos 'insult'

Torez - 

Western powers on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Russia over the Malaysian airline disaster, with US President Barack Obama insisting that Moscow force insurgents controlling east Ukraine to cooperate with an international probe into the crash.