Typhoon hits Taiwan, 47 people killed in plane crash
These streets tell the story of Typhoon Matmo. The category two storm slammed into Taiwan,Wednesday, with heavy rains and 90 mph (miles per hour) winds. At least one person was killed. And residents were left shaken by the storm's fury:
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT SAYING: "The winds were so strong that we couldn't see the iron house next to our house."
During a thunderstorm off the west coast, a TransAsia Airways plane crashed on its second attempt at landing. Forty-seven people were killed, and 11 others were taken to a hospital for their injuries. Typhoon Matmo down graded to a tropical storm as it headed to China.
A national day of mourning in the Netherlands
They gather in the Netherlands to mourn the loss of those who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Bells peal and flags fly at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed. They observe a moment of silence in the first national day of mourning since wartime QueenWilhelmina died in 1962. With 193 of the dead from the Netherlands, many knew someone who died.
(SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) ATTENDEE TIM HUPERTZ SAYING: "A friend of mine was on the plane.He was 19 years old, he was a DJ and played at several parties in the Netherlands. I first heard about the crash and then read on Facebook he was on board. It was a real shock, I am very sad."
The bodies of the first victims have come home. The bodies are driven in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks, where forensics experts will begin the grim work of putting names to the remains. People line the streets to pay their respect. At a church service in Amersfoort the sound of music amid grief. The Dutch Prime Minister said Tuesday that the disaster has fundamentally changed the way the Dutch view Russia, urging the European Union to unite behind a firm approach to force Moscow to cooperate with the investigation.
Israel's military offensive presses on, Kerry seeks ceasefire
Inside is dark, but their mission is clear. Israel says it's committed to removing hidden tunnels used by Hamas fighters in Gaza, and destroying the militants' missile stockpiles. U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, is in the region, pressing for a ceasefire... meeting separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President MahmoudAbbas.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We will continue to work with President Abbas and others in the region in order to achieve it, and I can tell you that we have in the last 24 hours, made some progress in moving towards that goal."
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says their meeting was focused on a ceasefire AND lifting the blockade of Gaza:
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATOR SAEB EREKAT, SAYING: "This is not a war on the Gaza Strip or on Hamas. This is a war on the Palestinian people. This is not self-defence. This is a defence of settlement expansion, aggression and blockade."
With minimal belongings, thousands continue to flee their homes in Gaza - seeking shelter in other parts of the impoverished enclave. And in the West Bank, Palestinians are sending a clear message to the United Nations -- the death toll is rising.