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Palestinians retrieved dozens of bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes Saturday during a brief truce in the fighting, as top diplomats huddled in Paris to discuss a long-term ceasefire. With a fragile 12-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas in place, ambulances sped along roads to neighbourhoods that have been too dangerous to enter for days. Half-way through the truce, they had already found the bodies of 76 people in the rubble across Gaza, pushing the death toll beyond 950 Palestinians killed in the coastal enclave since the conflict began on July 8. Palestinians ventured onto Gaza's streets after the truce took effect, some eager to check on homes they had fled, others to stock up on food and other items while it was still safe to do so.
By Yantoultra Ngui KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday he would meet his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte next week to discuss how to secure full access for investigators to the site in Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of the area in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was brought down last week on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board. "My priority now is to ensure the third part of the deal is honored, and that international investigators are given full and secure access to the site," he said in a statement. "This will require the cooperation of those in control of the crash site and the Ukrainian armed forces." The statement said Najib would fly to the Netherlands for talks on Wednesday, after Malaysia has marked the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.