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Two Killed As French Tourist Train Derails

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A tourist train has derailed in the southern French Alps, killing two people and injuring several others.

The train was travelling between the resort towns of Nice and Digne-les-Bains on Saturday, when it veered off the tracks near Annot, 87km northwest of Nice after reportedly hitting a rock.

A photograph on the website of Nice Matin newspaper showed one of the train’s two carriages dangling into a snow-covered valley.

The paper said one of the two victims was thrown from the train and that about 30 passengers were injured, one seriously.

Rescue workers backed by helicopters were scrambling to free trapped passengers and evacuate the injured to hospital.

The train is known as the Train des Pignes (pine cones) after the cones that were once used as tinder for steam trains.

The 151-kilometre journey takes about three hours and cuts through steep mountain valleys, offering magnificent views.

Local media said recent heavy rain and snow could have caused the rockfall.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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