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Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

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A search and rescue worker prepares to load body bags onto a flight to Kalimantan in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka December 30, 2014. 


Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.

Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

The navy initially said 40 bodies had been recovered, although other media later quoted the head of the search and rescue agency, Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, as saying only three bodies had been retrieved. The plane has yet to be found.

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AirAsia QZ8501: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet

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The Airbus, pictured here on an earlier flight, disappeared about an hour after takeoff



AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes says he is "devastated" that a plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing.

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared over the Java Sea an hour into its flight at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday).

Bad weather was reported in the area but no distress call was made and no wreckage has been sighted.

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AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

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The flight arrivals board at Changi Airport in Singapore, where the AirAsia flight was due




An AirAsia flight travelling from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control with 162 people on board.

Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted.

Search and rescue operations are under way.

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Bukit Bintang blast is third bomb attack in Malaysia this year

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People watch as police tow away a damaged white sedan (centre in foreground) at the scene of a grenade attack outside a shopping centre at Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 9, 2014. An explosion outside a Kuala Lumpur pub on Thursday that killed one and injured 12 others is the third reported bomb attack this year, according to the New Straits Times. -- PHOTO: REUTERS



KUALA LUMPUR - An explosion outside a Kuala Lumpur pub on Thursday that killed one and injured 12 others is the third reported bomb attack this year, according to the New Straits Times.

On Sept 13, police arrested a man, 50, on suspicion of setting a booby trap with a hand grenade to kill his wife in Kampung Baru Subang. The suspect, a former soldier, accused Ms Chong May Lun, 40, of cheating on him.

Ms Chong was unhurt when the grenade went off under her car, but the rear fender of her Toyota Vios came off and shrapnel penetrated the boot and rear passenger seats, Bernama reported.

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MH17 plane crash: Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

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Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts.

A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.

The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.

The Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

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