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Facebook tells story of family destroyed when #MH17 was shot down

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There will surely be many tragic stories shared in the next several days, as victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are identified.

One of the first faces of the tragedy to emerge comes from a Malaysian family that was preparing to start a new chapter in their lives but never got the chance when Flight 17 was shot down by a missile over Ukraine Thursday.

Below are some social media posts from the family of Tambi Jiee compiled by the Wall Street Journal. The posts show photos of a loving family that was excited to be moving back to Malaysia after spending three years in Kazakhstan where Jiee worked for Shell.

The family members are believed to have all perished on Flight 17. The victims include: Tambi Jiee, 49, his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children - Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13. 

Read more about the family from the MalayMail.

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One-armed man fined for riding bike with only one handbrake

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A German man with one arm has received an apology from police after being fined for riding a bicycle with only one handbrake.

According to German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Bogdan Ionescu was riding his bicycle on March 25 when was pulled over by an overzealous police officer.

Ionescu was told he was breaking a German law that requires bicycles have two handlebar brakes. After an argument, Ionescu was fined the equivalent of $34, according to the Huffington Post.

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Ionescu argued he had modified his bicycle to operate one of the brakes with his foot. The newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger investigated and found his modifications made his bike legal.

On Tuesday police told Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger they offered a full refund and an apology to Ionescu. The Independent quotes a police spokesman as saying: "We only hope something like this never happens again."

Cologne police also said that the bike was completely roadworthy, according to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger.

D-Day: 70 years later

Fan throws paper airplane from stadium seat and hits opposing player

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England defeated Peru 3 to 0 Friday night in their match. However, the best shot did not come from anyone on the team.According to Bleacher Report, one fan’s paper airplane traveled from the top of Wembley Stadium all the way onto the field.

Fans erupted in cheers when the paper airplane hit a player.

Drama as plane's wing partially collapses on take-off (see video)

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 An Italy-bound flight was forced to return to London when a piece of its wing collapsed Thursday and video of the incident was posted to Facebook and YouTube.

A journalist for The Independent in London was on the flight and reports that passengers were "terrified" after hearing a loud band shortly after take off from London City Airport.

The owner of online travel agency To Tuscany also posted the dramatic video of the City-Jet flight bound for Florence. The Avro RJ85 aircraft landed in London safely and passengers are now en route to Florence on another aircraft.

To Tuscany posted the video on its Facebook page, saying it was from the owner. While the post does not specifically name the owner, the company's web site lists the owner as Sean Caulfield.  

"On take-off there was a strange noise then a bang and six-foot plus section of the left wing that looked like suddenly came loose and hung down, flapping in the jetstream," journalist Cole Moreton told The Independent.

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Photo shows elephant hanging upside down during relocation

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Stunning photos of an elephant hanging upside down during a relocation are being frequently shared on Facebook Wednesday.

The photos were posted by the Zambia Wildlife Authority as a team of workers relocated a wild elephant to the Kafue National Park in Zambia.

The Facebook post states the team tracked the elephant by helicopter and then tranquilized it for transport. 

The elephant is estimated to be 20 years old and weigh over 3 tons. It was safely released by to join other elephants in the national park.

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Expedition claims to have found Columbus flagship, 'Santa Maria'

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Barry Clifford leads the group who found the site off the coast of Haiti. “All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” he told The Independent.

Clifford says the site is close to where Columbus says he lost the ship. Even more encouraging, ballast stones found there are from Spainand indications are the ship is the right size.

Clifford’s team found the wreck in 2003 but had no clue as to its identity.

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But after reading more from the diary of Columbus, the team determined the site matched where the explorer described losing his ship.

Clifford is also hanging his hat on a cannon found on the site. He believes it’s the exact type Columbus ships were carrying when they made their way to the new world.

Clifford also found the flagship of the famed pirate Captain Kidd, but says that pales in comparison.

"This is the Mount Everest of shipwrecks for me," he told CNN. "This ship changed the course of human history.”

The wreck is still being scanned and photographed but Clifford promises excavation will begin soon.

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