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MH17 victim identification to take 'weeks and months'

The grim identification of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will take "weeks and months", a British official taking a leading role in the disaster investigation has told ITV News.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo tweeted:

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I just spoke with a British investigator who has travelled to the Netherlands to take a leading role in the #MH17 investigation

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He tells ITV News: "I'm confident that we will identify them but we're talking in terms of weeks and months, but not days certainly"

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'Young and naive' Lampard sorry for post-9/11 abuse

Frank Lampard told ITV News he regrets drunkenly abusing Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks, admitting he "was young and naive".

New York City FC's Frank Lampard.
New York City FC's Frank Lampard. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The midfielder, who has joined New York City FC, said: "I was young and naive...and now have some regrets about what I did.

"I categorically didn't set out to insult anyone and have badly tried for 13 years at Chelsea to be a good man on and off the pitch and I want everyone to see that I have improved.

"The most important thing to say is, I did not set out to hurt anyone. I was misrepresented by the British newspapers at the time.

"I will go to the 911 memorial to pay my respects and to show New Yorkers who I am and to apologise."

Read: Lampard faces New York hostility over 9/11 behaviour

Stimpson's sister praises 'fantastic' Jodie after gold win

The sister of Jodie Stimpson said it was "fantastic" but hard to watch the end of the race, after her sister won triathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking to ITV News, Carrie Stimpson said she almost missed it, turning around just as sister Jodie crossed the finish line:

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UN chief 'appalled' by Gaza school shelling attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is "appalled" by an attack on a school in Gaza which has killed at least 16 people.

The UN-run school was sheltering Palestinians at the time of the shelling, which Ban blamed on a "massive Israeli assault".

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Palestinian children who fled the shelling. Credit: Reuters

"Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act. Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," Ban said in a statement.

"Throughout the day, our staff had been attempting to arrange a humanitarian pause in the hostilities so that civilians could be evacuated.

"I express my profound condolences to the families of the victims and those of so many hundreds of innocent Gazans who have tragically been killed as a result of the massive Israeli assault."

Read: ITV News witnesses aftermath of UN school attack in Gaza

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More bodies of MH17 disaster flown to the Netherlands

The bodies and remains of more victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster have been flown to Eindhoven airport from Ukraine.

The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
Officials said 51 bags containing bodies or body parts were transported by plane today, a day after 40 bodies were returned to the Netherlands. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund
The coffins were carried from the plane during an official reception ceremony in the Netherlands after MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
The coffins were loaded into waiting hearses on the tarmac at Eindhoven airport ahead of a formal identification process. Credit: REUTERS/Mischa Rapmund

'Blood and screams as four shells landed on school'

A woman who lost her son in an attack on a UN-run school in Gaza said there as "blood and screams" as shells hit the facility.

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Palestinians weep after an attack at a UN-run school in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

ITV News witnessed the aftermath of the attack at the Beit Hanoun elementary school, which was being used to shelter Palestinians from the heavy violence.

Laila Al-Shinbari said families had gathered to await evacuation when the shelling began.

"All of us sat in one place when suddenly four shells landed on our heads ... Bodies were on the ground, (there was) blood and screams. My son is dead and all my relatives are wounded including my other kids," she told Reuters.

Latest updates: Children 'lying in pools of blood' after school attack

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