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British woman killed in NZ crash
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

A British tourist has died in a bus crash in South Island, New Zealand. Police said the 62-year-old woman, who lived in Spain, died instantly when the tour bus crashed in the Buller District of the West Coast region. The bus, which was operated by Stray Travel Ltd, crashed at 3.50pm local time on Saturday. It was travelling towards Greymouth and left the road on State Highway 6 about 3km south ...

Chad rebels fight inside capital
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Thousands of Chadian rebels have entered the capital N'Djamena and are advancing on the presidential palace. There has been intense gunfire in the city centre, and a witness said army tanks were burning in the streets. But the country's foreign minister said President Idriss Deby was inside the palace and the situation in the city was under control. France called on its citizens in Chad to st ...

Sarkozy and Bruni 'wed in Paris'
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has married his girlfriend, former model Carla Bruni, in Paris, the mayor who performed the ceremony has said. Francois Lebel confirmed reports on French Europe-1 radio. French radio station RTL quoted witnesses as saying the couple wed at the Elysee Palace, the president's official residence. Mr Sarkozy's romance with Ms Bruni has been the subject of intense speculation in the French press for several months. The president divorced his ex-wife, Cecelia, in O ...

Blair confident of Mid-East deal
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has given his most optimistic assessment yet that a peace agreement in the Middle East is within reach. Mr Blair told The Times newspaper that he was hopeful a deal "could definitely be done this year". He was appointed Middle East envoy for the Quartet of major powers last June just hours after stepping down as PM. "Resolving the Arab-Israeli issue would give an enormous boost to the forces of moderation," he said. 'Nothing more important' "The Middle E ...

Carriageway opens after snowfalls
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

One carriageway of the A66 in County Durham has reopened after heavy snow trapped 200 drivers and passengers who had to be rescued. Many were forced to abandon their vehicles on the transpennine route and spend the night in pubs and hotels. Police said the the westbound carriageway was passable and work was continuing to clear the eastbound side. A coach party of 40 pensioners and a party of 15 children were among those taken to safety. 'Unexpectedly heavy' A Durham Police spokeswoman said ...

Iraq market bombs toll nears 100
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The death toll from two Baghdad market bombs allegedly carried by mentally disabled women and set off remotely has risen to nearly 100, say officials. The blasts on Friday at two animal markets in Baghdad left 99 people dead and up to 200 wounded, officials said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said the use of disabled people underlined the "terrorists' moral degradation". It was Baghdad's most deadly attack since violence fell in the wake of the US surge of troops last summer. The first  ...

Injured captain winched off ship
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Flt Lt Jonathan Singh, the captain of the helicopter, said the conditions were "horrendous". "It's obviously pitch black out there, it's extremely dark with no sort of cultural lighting at all at that distance from land," he said. There were 31 passengers and crew on board the Horncliff, which had been travelling to Dover carrying a cargo of fruit from Costa Rica. Falmouth Coastguard said the vessel, which lost about 90 containers of fruit in the storm, had suffered some damage and was list ...

Denomination has health 'factor'
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Religious denomination can be a factor in health, researchers in Northern Ireland have said. A team at Belfast's Queen's University broke the population into six groups to track health and mortality trends. They found that, overall, Catholics had higher death rates - with the study showing a clear link between this and deprivation. Church of Ireland people had the highest risk of dying from heart disease, researchers said. The research, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, ...

Call for male forced wedding aid
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The government has agreed to look into funding the UK's first male-only refuge for victims of forced marriage. It has emerged that 15% of the people who seek help about being forced into wedlock are men or boys. A man taken to Pakistan as a child and forcibly engaged to his five-year-old cousin has called for a men's refuge. Foreign Office minister Meg Munn said authorities must talk to those affected to "listen to their experiences" and "learn directly from them".  ...

China fire body to be flown home
2 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Arrangements are being made to fly home the body of a Welsh student who died in a fire while researching in China. Bristol University student Daniel McCulloch, 25, from Cowbridge, died in his apartment in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province on Wednesday. It is thought Mr McCulloch died after becoming overcome by smoke during the blaze. Mr McCulloch, who was studying engineering mathematics, had been in China for only four weeks. The student, a keen rugby player, was due to spend ni ...

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