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Mexico metro collapse: ‘All I ever wanted was for my son to come home’
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Mexico metro collapse: ‘All I ever wanted was for my son to come home’

Just outside the Olivos metro station in Mexico City, there is a haunting reminder of the darkest day in the capital’s transit system: a gaping hole in the overhead track of Line 12. Thick electrical wires hang between the concrete support columns, daylight visible where the overpass once stood. Occasionally, pedestrians glance up and shudder...

Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief
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Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief

Aparade of white Taliban flags lines Musa Qala bazaar right up to the central monument where two kidnappers were hanged in a public execution earlier this year. The flags flutter from almost every shop in celebration, some rough and handmade, others printed and lined with tinsel. The dusty town, an opium trading centre reached most of the...

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row
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Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build...

Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils
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Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils

Cash-strapped schools in England have been forced to cut support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) after nearly a third of headteachers said they were forced to slash their budgets last year, a survey reveals. Nearly all the school leaders polled (97%) said that funding for Send pupils was insufficient, and 95%...

Man died after falling into gap, RAIB finds
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Man died after falling into gap, RAIB finds

A man who fell into the gap between the train and platform while getting off a London Underground service was not seen by two drivers, a report has found. He was crushed by the Tube train he had been on and then hit by another one. He died at the scene. The curve of the...

Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one
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Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one

A powerful earthquake has struck south-west Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post, and causing rock falls and damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 7.0 magnitude quake struck 11 miles (18km) north-east of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, in the early hours...

Rents outside London soaring at fastest rate on record, agencies say
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Rents outside London soaring at fastest rate on record, agencies say

Private rents outside London are rising at their fastest rate for 13 years, research suggests, as tenants making plans for life post-pandemic compete for properties. The property website Zoopla said average rents across the UK outside the capital rose by 5% over the 12 months to the end of July – adding more than £450 to a...

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: TPLF says 150 have died of starvation

About 150 people died of starvation in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region in August, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has said. These are the first hunger-related deaths that the TPLF has reported since its fighters recaptured most of the region from federal forces in June. There is no independent confirmation of its statement. The UN...

Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error
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Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error

A woman has demanded compensation from health authorities in northern Spain after discovering she was mistakenly swapped at birth with another baby 19 years ago, local reports say. The woman was mixed up with a baby who was born on the same day in 2002 at a hospital in Logroño, south of Bilbao. Both babies...