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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.
The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven after the remains of 40 victims were loaded onto two planes in wooden coffins. A grey Australian transport aircraft was sitting on the tarmac with its propellors idling as it prepared to take off for the Netherlands.