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42 Killed In France Bus Crash

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At least 42 people have been killed in a collision between a bus and truck near the southwestern town of Libourne, officials said. The bus caught fire in the Friday morning crash that also left the driver of the truck dead. Images shown on French television showed the coach as a charred shell that had been entirely burned.

Five surviving passengers were brought to hospital with injuries while three others were unharmed, local authorities said. The interior ministry said the bus was carrying elderly from a nearby village going on excursion.

Local politician Florent Boudie, who had visited the accident site, told BFM-TV that it was unclear what had caused the accident. He said the authorities were considering high speed and weather conditions as  potential factors.

Scores of emergency workers from the region were mobilised to the scene.  The incident was France’s worst road accident since 1982. “The French government has fully mobilised after this terrible tragedy,” President Francois Hollande said from Athens, where he is on an official visit. “We are plunged into sadness due to this drama.”

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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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