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  • Ethiopian refugee was attacked by a group of five men as authorities were clearing camp on Tuesday

    A young woman was gang raped during the destruction of the Calais Jungle, French prosecutors revealed today. 

    Five men set upon the Ethiopian refugee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as police and volunteers were clearing the sprawling slum.

    The victim was examined by a forensic doctor but had difficulty explaining the attack, on Tuesday morning, because she only speaks an Ethiopian dialect.

    She is currently still staying in Calais until a translator can be found, said a source. 

    It came as prosecutors said three suspects involved in the knifepoint rape of a 38-year-old Afghan interpreter around the squalid shantytown last week could have been people smugglers.

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  • Teenager tells of terror as she and her boyfriend were 'badly injured' when Tsunami rollercoaster plunged 20ft to the ground


    A 19-year-old girl said she 'thought she was going to die' after the rollercoaster she was riding plunged to the ground at a Scottish theme park.

    Katie Mcardle and boyfriend William Murray were both taken to hospital after being 'badly hurt' when the Tsunami ride derailed and plummeted 20ft at M&D's theme park in Motherwell, near Glasgow, yesterday afternoon.

    Writing on Facebook yesterday evening, Miss Mcardle described hearing people 'screaming' as she and William dangled upside down in the carriage.

    The couple are understood to be among ten people who were taken to hospital with injuries. A 12-year-old girl is in a serious condition after suffering head injuries while Liam Boyle, 11, underwent a major operation after his arm was 'crushed' in the accidOnlookers last night described the terrifying scenes as parents and emergency service workers raced to help free screaming victims from the wreckage. Unconfirmed reports suggest the carriage smashed on to a toddlers' ride as it fell. Police confirmed that two of the children seriously injured had been standing beneath the ride, which reaches speeds of up to 40mph, when it plummeted. 

    The crash happened on the first weekend of the school holidays and the park, which attracts around 750,000 visitors a year, had been busy. Dozens of people posted images on social media showing mangled carriages surrounded by concerned bystanders desperately trying to help.

    In one image, passengers can be clearly seen trapped upside down in their seats with their legs stuck in the air. 

    Eight children and two adults were taken to hospital for treatment following the shocking accident shortly after 3.40pm yesterday.

    Writing on Facebook, Miss Mcardle, said she and Mr Murray were both 'badly hurt with bruises'. She said: 'I have a broken wrist and bruised and battered and Williams knee came out of place and he's also bruised badly.'

    It is understood that Mr Murray, of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, is receiving treatment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary for broken bones and a head injury. Miss Mcardle has since been discharged from hospital.

    Miss Mcardle, from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, later wrote she had 'never been so scared in her entire life'. 'Honestly thought I was going to die today, sitting in that carriage upside down with everyone screaming,' she said. 'Turning round and not seeing William beside me was the worst! We are honestly so so lucky , there is definitely someone watching over us both. 

    'We are both still in shock and have a few injuries but just so lucky to be alive. Not seen william since it all happened but I here he's doing alright [sic].' The teenager later added that she had been having 'flashbacks' about her horrific experience. 

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  • Rio 2016: Jaguar in Amazon torch relay shot dead

    The female jaguar escaped its handlers after the ceremony on Monday and attacked a soldier, a spokesman said.

    Four tranquiliser darts failed to stop it and a soldier shot it with a pistol.

    Organisers for the Rio Games said it had been a mistake to exhibit the Olympic torch next to a chained wild animal.

    Animal rights groups have condemned the killing, with some questioning why the animal was involved in the Olympic event.

    "When will we learn? Wild animals held captive and forced to do things that are frightening, sometimes painful, and always unnatural are ticking time bombs," Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in a statement.

    The animal, called Juma, had been raised in the zoo in the Amazon since it was a cub along with half-a-dozen siblings.

    The Olympic torch is relayed through Brazil leading up to the August opening ceremony.



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  • Mexico teachers protest: Six killed in Oaxaca clashes


    Six people have been killed in southern Mexico in clashes between protesting teachers and police.

    More than 100 other people, including many police officers, were injured.The incident took place in the state of Oaxaca, where two high-profile union leaders were arrested last week, accused of corruption.Members of the CNTE union, which has a history of radical activism, have been blocking roads in southern Mexico ever since the union leaders were arrested.

    The authorities said the police were trying to clear the roads when unknown gunmen began firing at both sides in order to create chaos and conflict.Mexico's National Security Commission originally said in a statement that the police officers involved in the operation near the town of Nochixtlan were not carrying guns,

    But federal police chief Enrique Galindo later said that an armed unit was deployed after shots were fired at the police and the protesters by "unidentified people" not linked to the demonstration.The state-owned oil company, Pemex, warned on Friday that it might be forced to close a refinery in the area if the highway linking Oaxaca to the capital, Mexico City, remained blocked.

    'Stealing textbooks'

    The dissident CNTE union opposes education reforms introduced by President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2013.The changes include new measures to assess teachers' performance.

    Union members say the corruption allegations against their leaders are politically motivated.

    Ruben Nunez was accused of siphoning off money raised illegally from union members. Prosecutors also accused him of money laundering."He raised more than 24m pesos ($1.3m; £900,000) illegally between 2013 and 2015," said prosecutor Gilberto Higuera.

    For two years the union demanded a 3.5% cut of purchases made by unionised members from some businesses in Oaxaca, according to Mr Higuera.

    The money was taken from the education workers' payslips, which prosecutors say was controlled by the union.

    Mr Nunez's deputy, Francisco Villalobos, was arrested for allegedly stealing textbooks



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