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Australia Honors Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Victims

On Australia's national day of mourning for victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17, a relative grieves during a service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne Aug. 7, 2014.
On Australia's national day of mourning for victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17, a relative grieves during a service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne Aug. 7, 2014.
Phil Mercer

Australia is observing an official day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17.  More than 30 Australian citizens and residents were among the 298 passengers and crew who died when the airliner was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

A multifaith service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne was part of a day of mourning, when the country paused to remember an atrocity perpetrated so far away.  

Thirty-eight Australian citizens and residents were onboard the Boeing 777 that was shot down July 17 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.  They were doctors, teachers, a nun and young children. 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said those responsible for the crash would face justice.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said those responsible for the crash would face justice.
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said those responsible for the crash would face justice.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said those responsible for the crash would face justice.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said those responsible would face justice. 

The governor-general, Peter Cosgrove, said the nation was united in grief.

“Today, we gather to mourn those taken from us, to honor their lives, to support those in the midst of unrelenting grief,” Cosgrove said at the service. “Today, as a nation, we demonstrate to the world how highly we value life, how we come together to look after our own, and how we afford the departed the honor and the respect that they are due.”  

The search for the victims’ remains has been halted by the Dutch government because of clashes between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.

Search continues for missing airliner

The downing of flight MH-17 came just several months after another air tragedy for the Malaysia airline.  Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370 disappeared March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, carrying 239 people.

Australia announced Wednesday that a Dutch company had been chosen to carry out the underwater search for missing aircraft. The Dutch team will use two ships to search a part of the Indian Ocean stretching 60,000 square kilometers or 23,000 square miles.

An analysis of satellite data has indicated the plane crashed into remote waters west of the Australian city of Perth.

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by: Tony Abbott from: Tony Abbott
August 07, 2014 4:43 PM
Tony Abbott and the western powers are corrupt. anyone following the conflict knows who started the conflict, who is pushing for war with Russia? in 2008 Georgia conflict Russia made a statement that it would nuke europe if it keeps on attaching... NAT0 is the cause of MH17. its a international war crime. and the people of the world are asleep. where is the justice? where is the international law?

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