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Rebels to give Flight MH17 black boxes to Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The leader of the pro-Russian rebels has agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators who are in Ukraine, Malaysia's prime minister said early Tuesday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak also said that as part of an agreement he reached by phone with rebel leader Alexander Borodai on Monday evening, independent international investigators will be given "safe access" to the site where the Malaysia Airlines jet went down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, killing all 298 people onboard.

Najib said that as part of the agreement, the black boxes would be handed over to the Malaysian team in Donetsk at 9 p.m. Monday Ukraine time.

Meanwhile, the remains of 282 of the crash victims are being moved by train from the eastern Ukrainian city of Torez to Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, Najib said. From there, they will be flown to Amsterdam on a Dutch C130 Hercules military plane and handed over to Dutch authorities.

At a hastily arranged news conference at his residence just after midnight Monday, Najib said that following any necessary forensic work, the remains of the 43 Malaysian citizens who were aboard the plane would then be flown to their home country.

"I must stress that although an agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed," Najib said. "There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr. Borodai and his people have so far given their cooperation."

Anger and resentment toward the Russian-backed rebels and Moscow have been escalating worldwide, including in Malaysia, where there have been calls for economic sanctions against Russia.

On Sunday, Najib had said that the remains of the Malaysian victims must be returned to Malaysia before the Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. This year, it falls on 28.

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wodelson July 21 2014 at 3:36 PM

what do all of you expect to find at the "crime scene". Its obvious that during this war they shot down an airplane that they thought was the enemy. Plain and simple. It was a mistake just like other countries have done before (USA 1978). S**t happens in a war. The war is still going on, and no one should be allowed into a war zone. The rebels moved the bodies, found the black box, and now are back fighting for their freedom. If this were in our country would we allow or be told how to handle things? I think not.

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Susan July 21 2014 at 1:32 PM

Headline: "Rebels to give Flight MH17 black boxes to Malaysia" has run for two days. Still no new news.

Come On AOL, if there is no change, stop saying the old stuff over and over. If there is change, then change your headlines.

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Carol Susan July 21 2014 at 7:12 PM

Susan - Not everyone has time to sit down and read the news everyday, so this may be the first time that some people get to read it. I'm going to assume that the headlines remain the same so that those that already read it will know to take a pass on it. When there's new news, it always has a new headline. Having helped on a small newspaper, I know that sometimes, there isn't quite enough stuff going on, so an article of some importance, will often be run more than once as a filler. Probably the same here. I don't know for a fact, just seems reasonable.

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Randy1953 July 21 2014 at 1:26 PM

The boxes will show little . The real thing that would have shown evidence is the crime scene and that has been disturbed .

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olan5tops July 21 2014 at 2:39 PM

No one has any reason to believe anyone else will get the black boxes.

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wodelson olan5tops July 21 2014 at 3:45 PM

why should anyone else get the boxes. It is in their country. If it happened here we would never turn it over to anyone else.

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Carol olan5tops July 21 2014 at 7:19 PM

wodelson - If we wanted the world to know whatever truth may be recorded, we certainly would turn it over to the rightful owner. In this case, Malaysia. People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.

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Michael July 21 2014 at 2:11 PM

Good luck with the agreement.

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rimit9 July 21 2014 at 6:01 PM

smart move, keep them out of the hands of the two biggest crooks around, Obama and Putin.

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Camp Bulldog July 21 2014 at 8:44 PM

Were then...and still are...SOVIET PIGS

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Wizard July 21 2014 at 7:53 PM

Yeah LOL if the box's aren't in piece's, i especially love how people will bring up America shooting down a plane history as if its ok, they do this comparing ritual alot now iv noticed including how many deaths America caused as if giving the current bad people an excuse to what they are doing, and don't forget the word (POLITICS) yeah they are using that one too to explain murder, stealing,lieing, more murder and the list goes on.

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runswthscisors40 July 21 2014 at 7:26 PM

Will there be 18 minutes conveniently missing??.............

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Carol July 21 2014 at 7:22 PM

How much time to they need to hand them over? Maybe a little hashtag politics would help.
#Bring Back our Black Boxes

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