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All walks of life among Malaysia plane passengers

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The nearly 300 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 included international passengers from all walks of life -- among them, a prominent AIDS researcher, a florist and a nun.

Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday. The Academic Medical Center hospital in Amsterdam said in a statement that two of its staff, including renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, are believed to have died.

Students at an Australian Catholic school gathered today for a special prayer meeting after it was confirmed that a 77-year-old teacher -- Sister Philomene Tiernan -- had been killed.

In the close-knit fishing town of Volendam, near the Dutch capital, flowers were laid outside a florist's shop. The owner and her boyfriend were believed to be among the victims.

A Malaysia Airlines vice president says 189 of the passengers were Dutch. There were also 29 Malaysians, 28 Australians, 12 Indonesians and nine from the United Kingdom. The passengers also included four each from Germany and Belgium, three from the Philippines and one each from Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

 Two passengers' nationalities remained to be confirmed.

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