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MH17 victims begin long journey home'


The first planes carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 have left Ukraine for the Netherlands, where experts will begin identifying them.

The Dutch prime minister will meet the planes in Eindhoven, amid a national day of mourning for the victims.

A total of 200 bodies have so far been accounted for from the 298 victims, 193 of whom were Dutch nationals.

 

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Entertainment

Geldof died of heroin overdose

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.

The TV presenter had been a heroin addict and took the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, the inquest heard.

A police search found 6.9g of heroin in her house but there was no indication she had planned to take her own life.


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Business

Apple earnings boosted by iPhone sales

Apple has reported quarterly profits of $7.75bn (£4.5bn) - up 12% on the same period last year.

The company sold 35.2 million iPhones from March to June, an increase of 13% from the same time in 2013.

The company is seeing strong growth in BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa, and especially China where iPhone sales rose by 48%.


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Technology

Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%


US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.

Net profit rose to $335m (£196m) for the period, up from $222m a year ago,

EA has also benefitted from the launch of gaming consoles, which has driven up demand for its video game titles.

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Sport

Real Madrid seal 71m Rodriguez deal


Germany captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football after leading his side to victory at the World Cup in Brazil.

The 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender, who can also play in midfield, played 113 times for Germany.

Lahm will continue playing for his club side, where he renewed his contract until 2018 shortly before the World Cup.

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