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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    20 children die as train rams into school bus in southern India

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hyderabad 20 children die as train rams into school bus A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India yesterday, killing 20 people, mostly young ... injured were shifted to different hospitals," said K. Samba Siva Rao, a spokesman for South Central Railway. The bus had been travelling to school when the accident occurred in the village ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558474/20-children-die-train-rams-school-bus-southern-india
  2. News - China - ACCIDENT

    Overloading blamed as Hunan school minivan falls into pond killing 11, including 8 children

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:11am by Associated Press

    ... Overcrowding on buses is common on the mainland, where two years ago, 19 children died when a makeshift school bus for a kindergarten collided head-on with a truck. The bus had been converted from a nine-seat freight van, but was carrying 64 people at the time of the accident. The crash caused public uproar about school bus safety in rural China, where there is a shortage of education funds ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1551743/hunan-kindergarten-van-falls-pond-killing-8-children-3-adults
  3. News - China Insider - Gaokao

    Teenage hero who fended off bus attacker given second chance to take college entrance exam

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:30pm by Nectar Gan

    ... examination after he risked his life to save bus passengers has been granted a rare second chance, and more than ten mainland universities, including the prestigious Tsinghua University, have expressed their willingness to admit him to their schools.  According to local media reports, on May 31, 17-year-old Liu Yanbing was on a bus in the city of Yichun, Jiangxi Province when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1531703/teenage-boy-who-fended-bus-attacker-granted-automatic-admission
  4. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombia charges driver in bus fire that killed 32 children

    Posted May 20th 2014, 10:34am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Bogota Colombian authorities said on Monday night that aggravated manslaughter charges would be filed against a bus driver over the deaths of 32 children from a fire in the overcrowded vehicle bringing them home from Sunday school. Luz Estella Duran, mayor of the village of Fundacion where Sunday’s tragedy took place, said witness accounts suggested the driver might have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1516068/colombia-charges-driver-bus-fire-killed-32-children
  5. News - World - COLOMBIA

    31 children burn to death after bus catches fire in Colombia

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:36pm by Reuters

    ... The driver escaped unharmed and was being questioned by police, he said. The bus was owned by a private transport company and was used during the week to take children to and from school. President ... Reuters in Bogota Thirty-one children and one adult were killed in Colombia on Sunday when fuel exploded on a broken-down bus returning from a church event, an emergency response ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1515491/fire-colombia-church-bus-fire-kills-31-children-and-one-adult
  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 30, 2014

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:11am by LETTERS

    ... been killed, including 200 children. Mosques, schools, hospitals and UN refugee centres have been bombed in the Gaza strip. Gaza has no army, air force or navy. The July 13 protest was a call ... are not precise, due to lack of technology. If Israeli rockets are so precise, why are they being fired at schools, hospitals and refugee centres? As to the claims Israel has offered a ceasefire, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1562196/letters-editor-july-30-2014
  7. News - World - FRANCE

    French launch inquiry after Roma girl, 15, is taken off school bus and deported to Kosovo

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Probe as 15-year-old is sent back to Kosovo with family, causing row over treatment of migrants Roma girl 'taken off school bus and deported' A new row over France's treatment of Roma migrants erupted yesterday after it emerged that a 15-year-old girl had been taken off a school bus and deported to Kosovo the same day. The incident ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1333338/french-launch-inquiry-after-roma-girl-15-taken-school-bus-and-deported
  8. News - China - COUNTERTERRORISM

    SWAT teams train Beijing bus drivers on dealing with arsonists

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 05:20pm by Kathy Gao

    ... Kathy Gao kathy.gao@scmp.com More than 300 drivers receive the instruction, and knife-proof vests and pepper spray are handed out to hospitals in the capital Bus drivers in Beijing have ... Special weapons and tactics officers trained more than 300 bus drivers, telling them how to fight against arsonist suspects in an emergency. Drivers were taught to yell out to distract arson ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1558248/swat-teams-train-beijing-bus-drivers-dealing-arsonists
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadist group runs bus tours of its Syria-Iraq 'caliphate'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut, Lebanon Honeymooners and foreigners join trips from Syria to Iraq, to a soundtrack of jihadist songs Islamic State runs bus tours of its ... But the two weren't able to sit together, because "women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays jihadist songs all through the ride, and the Islamic State black flag ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557647/islamic-state-jihadist-group-runs-bus-tours-its-syria-iraq-caliphate
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Cross-border pupils face long commutes to distant schools

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:23am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... to Kowloon Tong's Maryknoll Convent School. Cross-border school bus operator Wong Ching-hung said her buses ran from the border to remote areas, with prices ranging from HK$1,000 to HK$2,000 ... be going to primary schools in areas they had never heard of- the result of a government policy aimed at easing the pressure of cross-border pupils on the city's North District. The number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1527774/cross-border-pupils-face-long-commutes-distant-schools

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