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CCTV footage shows moment Aleppo hospital is bombed

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CCTV footage courtesy of Channel 4 News and Al Quds field hospital showing Dr Muhammad Waseem Maaz (in green) and another person moments before the explosions.

CCTV footage obtained by Channel 4 News shows a paediatric hospital in Aleppo just before - and after - it was bombed last week.

Al Quds field hospital, located in a rebel-held area in Aleppo, was hit by an airstrike on Wednesday.

The attack killed one of the last paediatricians left in the city, Dr Muhammad Waseem Maaz, along with other staff and patients.

He can be seen walking in the corridor of the hospital shortly before the first explosion.

More than 250 people have died in shellings and airstrikes in the northern city of Aleppo over the past nine days, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Gerry Adams apologises for tweeting N-word in response to Django Unchained

Gerry Adams has apologised for using the N-word in a tweet about film Django Unchained but defended the "context and substance" of the point he was making.

The Sinn Fein president said it was "inappropriate" to have used the N-word on his Twitter account after watching the Quentin Tarantino slavery film on Sunday night.

He tweeted: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****!" Although the tweet was removed swiftly it provoked a furious reaction.

Mr Adams said he was trying to make "a parallel between the plight of people here in Ireland the struggle of people from African-American extraction".

He added that the Irish civil-rights campaign, of which he has played a major role, was based broadly on the American civil rights campaign.

Police appeal as teenager dies from 'MasterCard' pill

Anyone who took the "MasterCard" pill should seek medical attention Credit: PA

Police made an urgent appeal on Monday in the wake of a teenage girl's death after she took a "MasterCard" ecstasy pill.

The youngster's death is being investigated after officers were called at around 5am on Monday to the Victoria Warehouse on Trafford Wharf Road in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Now police are urging anyone else who took the pill to seek urgent medial attention.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have taken this form of ecstasy, known as 'MasterCard' to get checked out urgently", a police spokesperson said.

"Even if you took it some hours ago, this pill will still be in your system and could be seriously harming your health".


Kerry says closer to progress on Syria ceasefire talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks on rescuing the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Credit: Reuters

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has opened a second day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a way to restore the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Kerry said that progress was being made and that talks with Russia and coalition partners were "getting closer to a place of understanding" on renewing a ceasefire, including around the city of Aleppo.

He made the comments ahead of a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The Syrian government said on Friday it was introducing a temporary "regime of calm", or lull in fighting, in an area around Damascus and Latakia province.

But Kerry has made clear a ceasefire brokered by the US. and Russia at the end of February must also include Aleppo, which has witnessed heavy fighting.

Kerry will also meet UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Monday before returning to Washington.

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