|Kerry files to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban|
|Plane carrying MH17 bodies leaves Ukraine for Netherlands|
The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven after the first group of victims' remains were loaded onto the plane in wooden coffins. Grieving families and Dutch royals are due to receive the bodies as flags fly at half mast on a day of mourning across the nation, which lost 193 citizens in the flight that was allegedly blown out of the sky by a missile, turning civilians from a dozen nations into casualties of a remote conflict raging in eastern Ukraine.
|Wrecked Costa Concordia begins final voyage|
Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead. The ship, which capsized two and a half years ago off the Tuscan island of Giglio, is progressing at close to two knots (3.7 kilometres, 2.3 miles per hour), engineer Sergio Girotto, one of the heads of the operation, told Italian television.
|U.S. tracked missile that brought down Flight MH17|
|Gordon Brown: 100 days after #BringBackOurGirls, ‘We will not forget’|
|Judge: Forget lethal injections, use guillotine or firing squads|
|Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle|
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state meanwhile presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed at least 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.
|Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online|
|Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine|
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.
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|In international flight, volatile conflicts abound|