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PM plans crash site team

The country aims to send a search team to the crash site in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 before winter sets in to gather physical evidence to prove that it was shot down, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday. Najib said the government has “pretty conclusive” intelligence reports about what happened to the jet carrying 298 people, but evidence must be collected so that its downing can be proved beyond a doubt if the case goes to court. “That’s why we are very, very keen to re-enter the crash site before winter sets in. We need at least a few weeks not only to search for the body parts of victims, but to assemble physical evidence,” Najib said at a joint press conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. “Once that process is completed, we will look at the criminal side, who is responsible for this atrocious crime,” Najib said. The plane plunged from the sky on July 17, killing all on board, while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine.


Flooding death toll rises

A government official says 110 people have been killed across the country in heavy monsoon downpours and flooding as more rain is forecast for the coming days. Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said yesterday that 61 people died in the eastern Punjab Province since Thursday. He said another 38 people died in Kashmir and 11 died in northern Gilgit Baltistan Province. Kamal said officials believe all those were killed when the roofs of their homes collapsed.


Surfer dies off Lombok

An Australian man has died after being hit by a wave while surfing in central Indonesia, police said, while another Australian surfer remains missing near the holiday island of Bali. Friends on Friday noticed the 54-year-old man floating about 100m from the shore of Sorga beach on the island of Lombok, which lies just east of the popular resort island of Bali, local police chief Arif Budiman said. “He went out Friday morning and only surfed for a few minutes before he was seen floating in the water,” Budiman said, adding he is believed to have been hit by a wave.


Chinese leader’s visit on ice

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) first visit to the country has been postponed over the mass anti-government demonstrations shaking its capital, Islamabad. Protesters have been demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over allegations of fraud in last year’s election. The ministry issued a statement yesterday saying Beijing and Islamabad “mutually agreed” to postpone the visit, which was to take place later this month. It said new dates for the visit were being discussed.


Hawaii declares emergency

Hawaii’s Big Island has declared a state of emergency as lava from an active volcano threatens nearby homes, which could be evacuated within days, officials and reports said on Friday. Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed a proclamation on Thursday after the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano advanced to within 1.6km of a residential area. The emergency proclamation lets authorities close roads to non-residents, to make it easier for people who live there to evacuate rapidly if necessary, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said.

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