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Seven people are dead and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed in Cuba.

More than 20 British tourists are thought to have been on board, according to local media.

State media reported that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from the UK, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed on a wet road between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

The driver told Radio Guantanamo he lost control on the wet and winding road.

Thursday’s wreck is the fourth major bus accident in a month.

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Figure skater cleared after claim she ‘stabbed’ rival with skate | World News

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An American figure skater has been cleared of causing intentional harm to a rival during a warm-up session at the world championships in Japan.

Mariah Bell, 22, was accused of colliding with 16-year-old Lim Eun-soo of South Korea during a practise session at the championships.

There were reports that Ms Lim had to be treated for a calf injury after Ms Bell’s blade “stabbed” her.

But the International Skating Union (ISU) has ruled out foul play, and said there was no evidence of intentional harm.

Lim Eun-soo apparently needed medical treatment for the cut
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Lim Eun-soo apparently needed medical treatment for the cut

In a statement, the ISU said: “Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms Bell intended any harm to Ms Lim.”

The ISU said it has been aware of the Korea Skating Union posting a statement about the incident on 21 March, but had not received a formal complaint.

The ISU added: “The ISU met with delegates from both USA and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU maintains that this remains the appropriate approach.”

Video footage shows the pair skating close to one another on the rink. As Ms Bell passes Ms Lim, Ms Lim gasps and grabs at her leg.

Ms Lim placed fifth in the women’s short programme on Wednesday, one place above Ms Bell.

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Donald Trump’s Golan policy change is ‘illegal and unnacceptable’ | World News

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Donald Trump’s declaration that it is “time to recognise” Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has been described as “illegal”, “irresponsible” and a “direct violation of United Nations” decisions.

The president’s announcement signalled a shift in US policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit to the White House next week.

However, it has been met with condemnation from around the region – most notably from Syria, who Israel seized the area from during the 1967 Middle East war, annexing it in 1981.

A foreign ministry statement said that Mr Trump’s comments confirm “the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity”, referring to Israel.

It added the policy shift will not change “the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian”.

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that a change in the status of the Golan Heights would be a “direct violation of United Nations decisions”.

A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, quoted on state TV, said: “This illegal and unacceptable recognition does not change the fact that it belongs to Syria.”

The US president made his announcement on Twitter, writing: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

The Golan is internationally recognised as occupied territory and Syria has demanded its return as a condition in the event of a future peace agreement.

Mr Trump’s tweet was posted during his secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s visit to Jerusalem, although Mr Pompeo declined to comment on the president’s remarks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the US president for “boldly” recognising Israel’s control over the territory.

He tweeted: “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump!”

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More than 40 dead after explosion in Chinese chemical plant | World News

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An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has killed 44 people and left dozens more injured.

Some reports indicate the death toll stands at 47, with up to 600 people injured. The city government says at least 90 are injured.

The blast at the Tianjiayi chemical plant in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, is one of the worst in the country in recent years.

Firefighters try to quell the flames in Yancheng
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Firefighters try to quell the flames in Yancheng

Nearly 1,000 people who live close to the factory have been moved as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said.

Windows in building as far as about three miles away were blown out by the force of the blast.

The explosion is one of the worst industrial accidents in recent years
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The explosion is one of the worst industrial accidents in recent years

The city government said 3,500 medical workers at 16 hospitals had been called on to treat the injured, dozens of whom remain in a critical condition.

State television said 640 people were being treated for injuries.

The cause of the blast is still under investigation.

The explosion happened in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province
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The explosion happened in Yancheng in China’s eastern Jiangsu province

The fire was brought under control at 3am on Friday (7pm GMT).

According to China Daily, the company which owns the plant has been fined for work safety violations in the past. It produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some of which are highly flammable.

President Xi Jinping, who is in Italy on a state visit, said: “There have recently been a series of major accidents, and all places and relevant departments must fully learn the lessons from these.”

Firefighters work on extinguishing the fire following an explosion at the pesticide plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical
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Firefighters work on extinguishing the fire following an explosion at the pesticide plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical

The Jiangsu environmental protection bureau said on Thursday it had found no abnormal concentrations of several types of chemicals, but will carry out inspections chemical producers and warehouses.

Any producers found to not be complying with regulations will be shut down.

China has experienced frequent industrial accidents despite orders from central government to improve safety.

Smoke billowing from the plant explosion
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Smoke billowing from the plant explosion

Among the worst accidents was a massive 2015 explosion at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin that killed 173 people, mostly firefighters and police officers.

In November, at least 22 people were killed, and scores of vehicles destroyed after an explosion outside a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, which will hold competitions in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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