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Chelsea dedicates win to Chapecoense plane crash victims

Chelsea's David Luiz (left) and Willian (right) display their arm bands in memory of the Colombian crash victims. Credit: PA

Footballer David Luiz dedicated Chelsea's win on Saturday to those killed in the Chapecoense plane crash.

The Brazilian player, who had ice strapped to his knee following Sergio Aguero's tackle, declined to speak about the brawl at the end of the match.

He and fellow Brazilian player Willian displayed a black arm band to the crowd during the match.

"I prefer to give this victory to the people in Brazil, Luiz said after the match. "I had some friends there and it's difficult to play this kind of game. We just need to play for the families because it's difficult for everyone."

Players from both sides wore black arm bands in tribute to the 71 people who died in Monday's crash outside Medellin, Colombia.

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Coal mine explodes killing 17 and trapping 19 others

Rescuers at the scene of a blast earlier this week Credit: Reuters

A coal mine explosion has killed 17 people and trapped 19 others in northern China.

Around 100 workers escaped the blast which happened at midday on Saturday, the China News Service said.

The local government has launched search and rescue operations at the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in the city of Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

It comes just days after another coal mine blast Qitaihe City, in northeastern Heilongjiang province in which 22 workers were trapped underground.

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Fall of Aleppo will not end the war, EU chief says

Swathes of east Aleppo have been seized by government troops Credit: PA

The fall of rebel-held areas of Aleppo to the government will not end the war in Syria, the European Union foreign policy chief said today.

Federica Mogherini told a panel discussion at a conference in Rome: "I'm convinced the fall of Aleppo will not end the war."

Syrian government forces backed by allied militia have captured swathes of Aleppo from rebel groups over the last week in a ferocious offensive.

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