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Man who rescued boy from balcony offered internship with Paris fire brigade

Man who rescued boy from balcony offered internship with Paris fire brigade

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The 22-year-old man from Mali who rescued a boy hanging from a balcony over the weekend in Paris met with firefighters from the Paris fire brigade on Tuesday. Mamoudou Gassama, who arrived in France last September, has been offered a 10-month internship with the brigade and will receive around 600 euros ($ 690) a month. This is the standard salary for internships in France. The head of Paris fire brigade said he was “welcoming Mamoudou Gassama so that he could discover what our job is like.” “I am going to do everything I can” to become a firefighter, Gassama replied. Videos of Gassama scaling a building in northern Paris and pulling a young boy to safety went viral. French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Gassama at the Elysee Palace on Monday and said G...
Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

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A massive fire engulfed two high-rise structures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, causing one of the buildings to collapse. Video posted on social media early Tuesday showed the 20-story building crumbling to the ground as flames raced toward the top floor, killing at least one person. The second building was seen with about half its floors engulfed in flames, but authorities said it was not in danger of collapsing. At least one person was killed in the fire and three were reported missing, but authorities said those figures could go up. The collapsed building was a former federal police headquarters that had since been occupied by squatters, according to local reports. Officials with the Sao Paulo Fire Department said as many as 50 families may have been living there at the time. Wi...
Bell tapped for services to support MQ-8 Fire Scout

Bell tapped for services to support MQ-8 Fire Scout

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March 19 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial system.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 9.8 million under the terms of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.The agreement between Naval Air Systems Command and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. enables the company to provide up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes and associated Bell 407 unique components, the Pentagon said.Additionally, the contract will provide for preservation and storage of the MQ-8 Fire Scout, a Northrop Grumman-manufactured unmanned autonomous helicopter used for reconnaissance, aerial fire support and other naval missions.W...
At least 49 killed after passenger jet catches fire after landing

At least 49 killed after passenger jet catches fire after landing

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A passenger jet attempting to land at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal skidded off a runway, crashed and burst into flames, killing at least 49 people, authorities in Nepal told ABC News. Twenty-two others were injured in the crash, and some were in critical condition, Nepalese police spokesman Manoj Neupan told ABC News. All of the survivors sustained injuries, the airport's general manager, Raj Chettri, said. US-Bangla Airlines flight 211 was en route from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and arrived around 2:20 p.m. local time. The Canadian-made Bombardier, a Dash 8 Q400 that seats 78 people, made an "unbalanced" landing, according to Chettri. It took around 25 minutes to extinguish a fire that engulfed the plane, Sanjiv Gaudam, the director general of Nepal's civil aviation agency said. ...
Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

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An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has crashed amid Syrian anti-aircraft fire after an offensive against Iranian targets in Syria, the Israeli military says.The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel. It is believed to be the first time Israel has lost a jet in the Syrian conflict. Israel was carrying out strikes after the launch of an Iranian drone into Israel. The drone was intercepted.Syria accused Israel of "aggression", as Israel then launched more strikes.Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted: "Moments ago, IAF aircraft, targeted the Syrian Aerial Defense System & Iranian targets in Syria. 12 targets, including 3 aerial defense batteries & 4 Iranian military targets, were attacked. Anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel, triggering alarms in nort...