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In photos: Malaysia's day of mourning for MH17 victims

Remains of 20 of the 43 Malaysians killed in the deadly plane crash over eastern Ukraine return home

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Malaysia Army soldiers rehearse an handover ceremony for the bodies of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, on Aug. 21, 2014.

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A Malaysia Airlines crew member holds flowers as she waits outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were flown back in Sepang, Malaysia, on Aug. 22, 2014. The day was a national mourning period for Malaysians, who lost 43 people when the plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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A Malaysia Airlines pilot holds a teddy bear as he and his colleague wait outside Bunga Raya Complex. The bodies of 20 victims, three of them cremated, were flown by a special Malaysia Airlines jet from Amsterdam, where investigators took them after the crash. The bodies of the other victims were expected to be brought home soon.

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The return of the bodies on Friday represented a political triumph for Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose already shaky popularity ratings were hit by his handling of the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers and crew in March.

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Family members of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the MH17 victims, cry during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya.

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Nur Shazana’s mother, Sharom Ibrahim, middle, pours water on her daughter’s grave.

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Nur Shazana’s father, Mohamed Salleh, middle, touches his daughter's coffin.

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