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Four children die as French train hits school bus

Four children die as French train hits school bus

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At least four children have died after a school bus was split in two in a collision with a train in southern France.The collision occurred at a level crossing near a wooded area in Millas - near the town of Perpignan - and left at least 19 people injured, seven seriously.The bus was carrying 16 youngsters aged between 13 and 17 from a secondary school in Millas and was "shredded" by the collision, according to witnesses.Video:Ambulance arrives at train crash sceneThe front half of the vehicle was left on the track pointing at an upwards angle, with the body crushed towards the middle.One of the train passengers, named as Barbara, told local media the impact was "very powerful", adding that she thought the train was going to derail.The train company - state-owned SNCF - tweeted a "heartfelt...
Ex-UN general: Rohingya crisis clearly genocide

Ex-UN general: Rohingya crisis clearly genocide

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A world authority on genocide has told Sky News what is happening to Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is undoubtedly genocide and the international community must intervene to prevent it.As commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda in the early 1990s, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire warned that genocide was imminent but was ignored.As a veteran witness of the mass killings in Rwanda, he has been warning of mass murder being planned in Myanmar, and now for the first time has told the Sky News World View programme that genocide is underway.History, he says, is repeating itself.Image:Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled persecution in MyanmarHe said: "It’s as if they wrote the same book that the hardliners did in Rwanda and how the international community is reacting is follow
France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

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Banning cellphones in French schools was one of the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during his campaign to become president of France last spring. Six months after he won the election, the French president and his government are trying to enact the new measure for the start of the next school year in September 2018. Last Sunday, French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer discussed the issue on French radio station RTL radio. "We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms," Blanquer said. "You may need a mobile phone, for example, for educational purposes, for emergency situations, so perhaps the phones can be confined somewhere inside the school." The measure will apply to all French students from the time they start school at age of six, up to roughly 15 years of ...
Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDoug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore.His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.Mr Moore has so far refused to concede, saying "it's not over".He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.Mr Moore, a firebrand conservative who has said he believes that homosexual activity should be illegal, has repeatedly denied the claims against him.The contest was for the seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year. A flawed candidate - or an anti-Trump wave?Anthony Zurcher, ...
Pistorius injured in prison fight over phone

Pistorius injured in prison fight over phone

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Oscar Pistorius has been injured after getting involved in a prison fight.The former Paralympic champion had an altercation with another inmate over a public telephone earlier this month.In a statement, South Africa's Department of Correctional Services said Pistorius sustained a bruise during the incident inside the special care unit of Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.Reports suggest fellow prisoners had grown angry with how long the 31-year-old was taking to use the phone, and the fight is now under investigation.Video:Pistorius sentence increased to 13 yearsPistorius is serving a 13-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.Last month, his original sentence was more than doubled by the Supreme Court of Appealafter a court ruled it was too len...