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Investigators to examine second black box from MH17

Air investigators are to examine a second black box which was recovered from flight MH17 today.

The data could reveal if the pilots were aware of a missile coming towards the plane and what happened in the last few seconds of the flight if they were able to speak.

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Australian flag flown at half-mast in tribute to victims

Australian flags are being flown at half-mast across the country in respect to the 28 Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

An Australian national flag and a New South Wales state flag fly at half-mast atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Credit: Reuters

They were among the 298 people killed when flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has accused "Russian-backed rebels" of being behind the attack on the airliner.

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