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Indonesian presidential candidate withdraws from poll process

Jakarta : Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Radjasa Tuesday announced their withdrawal from the election process alleging fraud in the July 9 election.

The pair ordered their team taking part in the vote recapitulation process being held in the General Election Commission (KPU) to walk out, rejecting any legal decision issued by the KPU related to the election, Xinhua reported.

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Australia sends plane to bring back MH17 victims

Canberra : Australia Tuesday sent a C-17 military plane to the Netherlands to bring back the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine last Thursday.

The heavy-lift transport plane took off from its base in the Middle East and is heading for the Dutch city of Eindhoven, where the Netherlands' second-largest airport is located, Xinhua reported.

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Ukraine rebels hands over MH17 black boxes to Malaysia

Donetsk (Ukraine) : Pro-Russian rebels have reportedly handed over the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine last Thursday to Malaysian authorities.

The prime minister of the self-proclaimed people's republic of Donetsk, Alexandr Borodai, presented the two devices to the head of the Malaysian delegation during an official ceremony held at the seat of the separatist government Monday.

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18 killed in Philippines clash

Manila : At least 18 people were killed and 13 injured Tuesday during a clash between military troops and rebels in Philippines, an official said.

The clash occurred at 1.15 a.m when the rebels from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked a reconnaissance company of the 61st division of the Philippines military in North Cotabato province, Xinhua reported.

"Seventeen BIFF members were killed. We have identified five of them," the official said.

"One soldier was also killed," the official added.

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UNSC seeks safe, unrestricted access to MH17 crash site

United Nations : The UN Security Council (UNSC) Monday approved a resolution demanding safe and unrestricted access to the MH17 crash site, calling for full cooperation with the international investigation.

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Nepal poor because of poor governance: Communist leader

Kathmandu : Khadga Prasad Oli, newly-elected chairman of Nepal's largest communist party, Monday blamed poor governance for the poverty in the country.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) chief, in his first major public pronouncement since his election last week, asked party members to work towards achieving prosperity of the country, Xinhua reported.

He said that the country, despite having abundant resources, happened to fall into the league of poor nations as the government and its citizens had failed to create a national identity.

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272 bodies recovered from MH17 crash site: Ukrainian PM

Kiev : Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk Monday said that rescuers have recovered 272 bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

"272 bodies have been found and 251 of them are in refrigerators in Torez train station," Yatsenyuk told reporters at a press conference here.

Ukraine stood ready to transfer the bodies to the Netherlands, Yatsenyuk said, adding that the government in Kiev "has no doubt" that the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile.

Yatsenyuk suggested that the Netherlands lead the investigation into the incident.

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BRICS but not yet a Building

By Amit Kapoor,

The recently concluded BRICS annual summit held in Brazil resulted in the important Fortaleza Declaration and Action Plan from the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The joint declaration has some important points that highlight the importance of this year’s summit.

Newcastle United to pay homage to fans lost on MH17

Wellington : Players of English Premier League club Newcastle United will be wearing black armbands in their New Zealand tour games to pay homage to two of their supporters who died in Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine.

En route to watch Newcastle United's pre-season matches in New Zealand, John Alder and Liam Sweeney took the Malaysia Airliners MH17. The flight with 298 people aboard crashed Thursday over eastern Ukraine, with no survivors found so far, reports Xinhua.

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Typhoon Rammasun toll 11 in Vietnam

Hanoi : The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in Vietnam has risen to 17, officials said Monday.

According to flood control officials, of the 11 victims three were struck by lightning and the other eight were washed away by the flood, Xinhua reported.

Vietnam's northern Lang Son province, some 130 km north of capital Hanoi and bordering China in the north, was hit the worst by the typhoon.

Approximately 5,500 Vietnamese households have been evacuated to safe places.

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