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Air Canada plane wrecked after crash

Pictures have emerged of the wreckage of an Air Canada plane that left the runway at Halifax after making an abrupt landing in the early hours of this morning.

Reports that Flight AC624 from Toronto to Halifax, Nova Scotia, slammed into a power line, causing the crash and a mass power outage at the airport have not been confirmed by airport officials.

The airline said all of the 132 passengers and five crew were evacuated and 22 people have been taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

Tunisian forces kill nine militants in a raid

An interior ministry official has said that Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists.

The operations late on Saturday in Gafsa region came hours before thousands of Tunisians were expected to join world leaders including French President Francois Hollande in a march of solaridity in Tunis.

Two gunmen killed 20 tourists at the Bardo Museum nearly two weeks ago, in one of the worst attacks in the North African country that mostly avoided violence since its 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

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Air Canada plane 'exits runway' after abrupt landing

An Air Canada plane carrying 132 passengers made an "abrupt" landing in Halifax and left the runway in the early hours of this morning.

All passengers with Flight AC624 from Toronto to Halifax, Nova Scotia, were evacuated from the plane and taken to the to the terminal.

The airline said 22 people have been taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

The Halifax region is currently under a snowfall warning, with an Environment Canada alert saying: "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."

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Funeral procession begins for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Thousands of Singaporean's are bidding a final farewell to the country's first ever Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession takes place in the city.

Thousands of Singaporean's are lining the funeral procession route for Lee Kuan Yew. Credit: APTN
Singaporeans are standing in the pouring rain to pay their final respects. Credit: APTN

Mr Lee's coffin has been taken from parliament, where it had been lying in state, to be carried past significant landmarks including Singapore’s Old Parliament House, Marina Barrage, and St Andrew’s Cathedral on a gun carriage.

More than 1.2 million Singaporeans have formally paid their respects to Mr Lee - nearly half a million queued to file past his body lying in state at parliament house, while more than 850,000 attended community tribute sites around the island.

Lee Kuan Yew's coffin has been lying in state at parliament house. Credit: APTN
Several former and current world leaders will attend the funeral service. Credit: APTN

Several former and current world leaders, including Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Bill Clinton, will be among mourners at the funeral service at the National University of Singapore.

A minute's silence will be held in Mr Lee's honour this afternoon. A private cremation will then take place at the Mandai crematorium.

Guinea introduces emergency measures to curb Ebola

Guinea has introduced new emergency measures to curb the spread of Ebola. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has announced new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in the west of the country where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

More than 10,300 people have died from Ebola in West Africa and while cases are thought to have peaked, Guinea is struggling to stamp out the virus.

Following a dip in new cases in January, they have spiked again since early March in and around the capital, prompting officials to announce a new phase of the epidemic in Guinea.

Speaking on state television Conde said: "I declare in the districts of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia a reinforcement of emergency measures for a period of 45 days.

"Wherever the need may be, throughout this period, measures of restriction and confinement will be taken".

Food and medical supplies would be given to the affected communities, Conde added.

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