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Syria hospital strikes prompt unprecedented UN resolution

The al-Dabit maternity clinic in Aleppo was damaged by rocket fire. Credit: Reuters

An unprecedented resolution demanded that hospitals and clinics be protected in war zones has been adopted by the UN Security Council.

There have been six strikes on medical facilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, including one that killed at least 30 people.

The council unanimously adopted the measure condemning the targeting of health facilities and said such attacks are war crimes.

The resolution is the first ever adopted by the council specifically on the need to protect medical facilities in war zones.

According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), there were 94 attacks in Syria against hospitals and clinics supported by that NGO and three MSF-linked health facilities in Yemen have been bombed over the past six months.


Sats tests help 'identify children who need extra support' says schools minister

  • Report by ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner

Parents took their children out of school today in protest at tests that they say are overstretching schoolchildren.

Sats tests for six- and seven-year-olds aren't new, but many believe they have increased in difficulty over the years.

Supporters of the tests say this is the only way to ensure that pupils who are struggling can be identified and helped.

Optimism at Tata Steel UK as bids come in

  • Report by ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn

When the sale of Tata Steel UK was announced, it was feared that thousands of people would lose their jobs.

But spirits are high at the plant in Port Talbot with employees feeling optimistic about the future of the company after two groups have bid for the business.

Management buyout team Excalibur have said that they will turn around the plant, aiming to be profitable within two years.

The second bidder, Liberty House Group, have outlined their 'greensteel' business model for the plant.

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