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Bus crash kills students and teachers in Thailand

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A bus crash in eastern Thailand has killed at least 15 people, including 13 students.

The bus was travelling to the seaside town of Pattaya, about 150km (90 miles) south-east of Bangkok, when it crashed into a truck. Thirteen students and two teachers died, while more than 30 were injured.

The crash occurred early on Friday, police said. The students were travelling from the north-eastern city of Ratchasima on a field trip to Pattaya when their double-decker bus crashed into an 18-wheeler truck.

Police officials said the students were between the ages of 10-14. They are now investigating the crash.

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be a factor.

Over ten people die in blasts in Nigeria

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Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left several people dead.

Eyewitnesses told the Reuters news agency that that 10 people had been killed and that more were feared trapped under rubble.

Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses said that the attack was carried out using a car bomb at a crowded market near the airport. The second bomb went off two minutes later as neighbours arrived to help the victims.

Eyewitnesses described seeing people blown apart and body parts in the street.

Mass stabbing kills 28 in China

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An attack by knife-wielding men at a railway station in Kunming in south-west China has left at least 28 dead, the state news agency Xinhua says.

Nothing is known so far about the motivation behind the attack, in which 113 people are said to have been hurt.

However, authorities described it as an “organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack”.

Five suspects were shot dead but their identities have not been confirmed, Xinhua said.

Witnesses said that the men attacked people at random.

A survivor named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the back and chest, told Xinhua he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers, most of them dressed in black, rushed into the station.

“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said.

Russia confirmed to send troops to Ukraine, world on high alert

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Russia’s upper house of parliament has approved President Putin’s request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine. He had asked that Russian forces be used “until the normalisation of the political situation in the country”. (read about what the US says of this here)

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, where many ethnic Russians live.

Ukraine’s acting President Olexander Turchynov said he had put the army on full alert but urged people to remain calm. In a televised address, he asked Ukrainians to bridge divisions in the country and said they must not fall for provocations.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was standing next to Mr Turchynov, said he was “convinced” Russia would not intervene militarily “as this would be the beginning of war and the end of all relations”.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin submitted the request for troops “in connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens”, the Kremlin said.

The upper house went into a special session almost immediately after Mr Putin made the request, and swiftly approved it.

Some fear this is the start of World War III

Polio workers attacked and killed in Pakistan

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Eleven people were killed Saturday when two vans carrying a polio vaccination team were hit by a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Agency, authorities said.

Among the dead was an 8-year-old child; 12 other people were wounded, Khbyer Agency surgeon Dr. Rehman Khan said. Ten of the fatalities were tribal policemen called Khasadars, he said.

Though the security forces and militants engaged the attackers in a gun battle, the militants escaped, he said.

The Khyber Agency is a loosely governed tribal region that borders on Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s military had resumed operations against suspected Taliban strongholds in Khyber and other nearby agencies, after peace talks with the militant group broke down last month in the wake of attacks by the group.

Ukraine’s Crimea region calls on Putin for help

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The new pro-Russian leader of Ukraine’s southern Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help in maintaining peace, as international concerns mount that Moscow may intervene militarily in the crisis.

A Kremlin spokesman said Russia “will not disregard” Crimean Premier Sergey Aksyonov’s request for help “in maintaining peace and accord in Crimea.”

Aksyonov, who was installed as the region’s premier after armed men took over the Crimean parliament building Thursday, said security forces “are unable to efficiently control the situation in the republic,” in comments broadcast on Russian state channel Russia 24.

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Pro and anti Russian protesters clashed on Febreuary 26

Consequently, he said, he was taking charge of security. His actions are also a response to Kiev’s actions in appointing a new police chief in Crimea on Friday without consulting the parliament, he said.

“I am appealing to Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide assistance in ensuring peace and accord” in Crimea, he said.

Russia could send a “limited” armed force to Crimea to ensure security of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Russian citizens living there, the Speaker of Russia’s Upper House of Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said Saturday, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

The crisis in Crimea has echoed round the world, with the U.N. Security Council president holding a private meeting about the crisis enveloping Ukraine on Friday and world leaders calling on armed groups not to attempt to challenge Ukrainian sovereignty.

Explosion in Qatar kills a dozen

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Twelve people died when a large gas cylinder exploded Thursday on the roof of a restaurant in Doha, Qatar, the emirate’s civil defense director said in a televised news conference.

The blast injured 31 others and caused the partial collapse of Istanbul Restaurant, civil defense director Hamad Othman N. Al-Duhaimi said. The collapse injured customers, employees and some people walking past the restaurant, Al-Duhaimi said. It also damaged nearby buildings and cars near the restaurant, which is close to the city’s popular Landmark Mall.

The force of the blast spread 165 feet (50 meters)

It’s not known at this time what caused the gas cylinder to explode. Authorities are investigating, the ministry said.