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14 rescued in China tunnel collapse

Beijing : Fourteen workers were rescued out of a railway tunnel collapse in China's Yunnan province early Sunday following over five days of rescue operation.

The survivors were sent to a hospital nearby for medical treatment and psychological counselling according to their conditions, Xinhua quoted authorities as saying. However, one person remains missing and the rescue operation continues.

The tunnel collapsed Monday evening in Funing County of Zhuang and Miao prefecture of Wenshan, trapping 15 workers.

'Disrespectful behaviour at crash site' shocking: Dutch PM

The Hague : The Netherlands' Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, Saturday expressed shock at the utter disrespect being shown to Malaysian Airlines' plane crash site near Ukraine border.

The MH17 plane crash left all 298 passengers killed, including 193 Dutch citizens.

"I am shocked by the images of totally disrespectful behaviour at the scene of the MH17 crash in Ukraine," Xinhua quoted Rutte as saying during a press conference here.

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Russia blacklists 12 Americans to counter US sanctions

Moscow : The Russian Foreign Ministry Saturday published a list of 12 Americans barred from entering the country after the United States expanded sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

"Last year we published the Guantanamo list of 18 persons to match the number of Russians in the Magnitsky list. This time we acted reciprocally and denied entry to 12 Americans," Xinhua reported citing ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying.

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MH17 crash: Putin, Merkel agree on international probe

Moscow : The leaders of Russia and Germany said Saturday that the Malaysian passenger plane crash in eastern Ukraine should be thoroughly and impartially investigated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

"Both parties emphasised the importance of a thorough and impartial investigation into all circumstances of the accident," the Kremlin press service said, citing a telephone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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MH17 black boxes not found: Ukraine rebel leader

Kiev : Aleksandr Borodai, the pro-Russian rebel leader in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, denied on Saturday that black boxes of the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed Thursday had not been found.

Borodai said they had not touched the site where the passenger flight crashed but they reserved the right to begin the process of taking away the bodies since the bodies would decompose in the heat, according to Xinhua.

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MH17 crash perpetrators murderers: Dutch media

The Hague : The Dutch government has not yet pointed a finger at the possible perpetrators of the Malaysian passenger plane crash in eastern Ukraine, but some Dutch newspapers seem to have their own opinions on this.

The headline of the biggest national newspaper De Telegraaf says it all with a banner headline in the front page: "MURDERERS." The headline is accompanied by a picture of pro-Russian separatists in the region.

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MH17 crash: Six heading for Melbourne AIDS meet among victims

Melbourne : At least six delegates heading for Melbourne to join an international AIDS conference were killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the event's organiser said Saturday.

"The extent of our loss is hard to comprehend or express," Francoise Barr-Sinoussi, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), said in a statement.

"We grieve alongside all of those throughout the world who have lost friends and family in this senseless tragedy," said the researcher.

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Myanmar to host 36th Asean ministerial meeting

Yangon : Myanmar will host the 36th Association for Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry in September, officials said Saturday.

The meetings are scheduled to take place from Sept 20 to 26, Xinhua reported..

The topic on sustainable markets and financial investment in the agricultural sector will be discussed during the meetings for the sustainable development of agricultural production among the 10 Asean countries.

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Interpol teams to help identify MH17 victims

Paris : Interpol said that they would send a team to help identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine.

In a press release, Interpol Friday announced that at the request of the Ukrainian authorities, they are ready to send in the team in the next two days, Xinhua reported.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines MH17 jetliner crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, with all the 298 passengers and crew members on board reportedly killed. It was believed to have been shot down.

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Typhoon Rammasun toll in Philippines rises to 77

Manila : The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines has risen to 77, authorities said Saturday.

The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) accounted 23 more deaths since Friday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

Among the newly-retrieved bodies, 18 were from the worst-hit provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in southern Luzon region.

Meanwhile, the number of injured has gone up to 220, and the number of missing stood at five.

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