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Hollande declares state of natural disaster after flooding

A man wades through the flood water Credit: Reuters

President Francois Holland has declared a state of "natural disaster" after violent storms caused flash flooding in the French Riviera leaving 16 dead and three missing.

Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home flooded.

Others were caught in underground carparks and under bridges and were unable to escape the rising floodwaters as the river Brague burst its banks.

President Francois Hollande paid an emergency visit to the region to promise government aid for victims.

A submerged car caught in the floodwater Credit: Reuters

Around 500 people, many of them British and Danish tourists, were stranded at Nice airport overnight after the equivalent of two months' of rain poured down on the popular tourist region in just two hours.

Nice's mayor's office estimated the city had received 10 percent of its average annual rainfall in the past two days alone.

Corbyn: Spitting at journalists 'inexcusable'

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned alleged incidents of spitting at journalists outside the Conservative party conference.

Mr Corbyn is due to break with convention tomorrow when he speaks at a protest meeting near the conference in Manchester.

After today's claims of unseemly behaviour, the Labour leader echoed the sentiments of TUC leader Frances O'Grady, who had described spitting as "inexcusable".

A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said: "Jeremy strongly agrees with Frances O'Grady: what has happened is inexcusable and journalists must be able to do their job."


Hammond: Britain needs 'clarity' Assad won't be part of Syria's future

Philip Hammond speaking at the Conservative Party conference Credit: PA

Britain needs "absolute clarity" that Assad will not be part of Syria's future, the Foreign Secretary said.

Philip Hammond rubbished plans put forward by Russia and Iran for elections, saying Syria was "a million miles away" from being able to hold a free and fair vote.

In a country where 250,000 people have been killed and 12 million people have been displaced, half of them outside the country - how can you talk about free and fair elections?

– Philip Hammond

Supercar loses control at a motor show injuring 26 spectators

The crashed Porsche Credit: Karanja Earl Simmons

A supercar lost control at a motor show in Malta and careened into a crowd injuring more than 20 spectators.

The Porsche 918 Spyder car was driving at high speed when it clipped the grass and lurched into the crowd.

Five of the injured were in critical condition, while at least nine - including the driver - suffered fractures or cuts requiring hospital treatment, officials said.

The car was taking part in a Maltese charity road show and was driving along an unused airport taxiway in the Hal Farrug district.

At one point the car's back wheel clipped the grass along the runway's edge and the car skidded out of control, careening into the barriers and crowd.

The rest of the charity show was cancelled.

Tory conference: More arrests amid 'spitting' claims

Four arrests have been made after politicians, journalists and delegates entering the Conservative conference in Manchester were subjected to abusive chants and allegedly spat at.

A series of journalists claimed they had been spat at outside the conference centre in the city, though it was made clear that those responsible were a minority of the 60,000 police said had attended.

Chief Superintendent John O'Hare of Greater Manchester Police said: "Today around 60,000 people took part in a demonstration and I would like to thank them for their cooperation.

"The overwhelming majority of people have exercised their democratic right to protest with dignity and good grace.

"The fact that only four arrests have been made throughout the day so far was particularly pleasing."


Brendan Rodgers sacked by Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as manager of Liverpool, the club has said.

Bus crash victim 'did not deserve to die like this', family says

A message reads: 'To Mum, RIP You did not deserve to die like this' Credit: ITV News

The daughter of a woman killed in a bus crash in Coventry has left a message at the scene of the tragedy reading: "You did not deserve to die like this."

A woman in her seventies was among two people killed when the double-decker bus careered into Sainsbury's in the city centre.

An eight-year-old boy was also killed, while a nine-year-old girl remains in critical condition, police say.

None of the victims have yet been formally identified.

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