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Malaysia considers death certificates for MH370 missing

The Malaysian government is considering issuing death certificates for passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Officials are also drawing up plans to give financial assistance to bereaved families, but has yet to decide how much they might receive.

"When we talk about financial assistance, we have to be fair with everybody," said Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainudin, head of the next of kin committee for the missing flight.

Read: Underwater search for MH370 'at critical juncture'

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First church service held at Moorland since floods

First church service held at Moorland since floods Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A service is being held in a Somerset parish church for the first time since massive floods devastated the area. Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Moorland this afternoon to mark Easter Sunday. It's around 3 months since homes were flooded and for many the clean up continues.

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Burst water main floods homes and roads

Several roads were closed Credit: WSFRS

Several homes and roads were flooded this morning in West Sussex after a water main burst.

Homes at Scory Close in the Bewbush area of Crawley were worst affected with muddy water entering many properties.

Fire crews assess the damage Credit: WSFRS
Cars narrowly avoided being flooded Credit: WSFRS

Sussex police closed the road, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance from approximately 7am and the water board turned off the supply. Most of the water has now drained away, but residents are now assessing the damage to their homes.

Emergency services were quick to respond Credit: WSFRS
Several pathways were flooded Credit: WSFRS

Syria's Assad makes rare trip outside Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made a rare public appearance outside Damascus by visiting the Christian town of Maaloula, according to state media.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking in Damascus March
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking in Damascus in March Credit: REUTERS/SANA

Mr Assad inspected the Mar Saks Greek Orthodox monastery, dating from the 4th century, which state media said was damaged by rebels.

Read: Syria removes 80% of chemical weapons

Nationalists condemn 'blasphemous' Slaviansk attack

Ukraine's Right Sector nationalists denied playing any role in a gunfight in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine, in which at least two people were killed. They claimed Russian special forces for being behind the attack.

"It is a blasphemous provocation from Russia: blasphemous because it took place on a holy night for Christians, on Easter night. This was clearly carried out by Russian special forces," Artem Skoropadsky, a spokesman for Right Sector, told Reuters.

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Three hurt after crash involving ambulance vehicle

File photo: An ambulance response vehicle Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three people have been injured after a crash between an ambulance response vehicle and a BMW in Walsall.

The collision happened shortly before 9.30am on Broadway North. A paramedic and passenger in the BMW are in hospital with what police say are 'non life-threatening' injuries.

Broadway North is currently closed between Princes Avenue and Walhouse Road while officers investigate.

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