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In pictures: Macedonia mourns
Women light candles in front of the parliament building in Skopje.
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Three days of national mourning have been declared in Macedonia after news of a plane crash in which President Boris Trajkovski and eight other people were feared dead.
Workers in a Skopje printing shop read a newspaper's special edition
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One newspaper compared the shock caused by Mr Trajkovski's presumed death to the 1963 assassination of US President John F Kennedy.
A rescue team of local policemen and mine clearance experts
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In Bosnia-Hercegovina, where the plane came down in fog and rain, police launched a search mission - but it was hampered by weather and the presence of mines.
French soldiers in search area near Stolac
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Nato forces joined the search, which their spokesman described as "incredibly challenging and difficult"...
Trajko Trajkovski (left), Kire Trajkovski, uncles of thepresident, with their wives in the village of Monospitovo
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...as President Trajkovski's relatives back at home waited anxiously for news.
Wreckage of the plane
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After a day of searching, the remains of the plane were discovered in a mountainous area in the south of Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski talks to journalist on his return flight
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Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski flew back from Dublin immediately on hearing news of the crash...
Woman lights candles in front of the parliament building during an all-night vigil.
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...to find a nation in shock.
Flag at half mast in front of the parliament building in Skopje
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Tributes have flowed in to a man credited with calming ethnic tensions and steering Macedonia to stability.

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