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Burkina Faso government confirms Bird Flu outbreak

The government of Burkina Faso has confirmed that an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was responsible for the deaths of large numbers of chickens in two regions of the country in recent weeks.

Jean Paul Rouamba, minister for livestock, said tests had been carried out by the United Nations experts after a wave of deaths in traditional and modern poultry farms in February and March.

The deaths occurred in Kadiogo province in Centre region and Sanguie in Centre-West region, Rouamba said on state radio. Burkina Faso last battled an outbreak of avian flu in 2006.


French foreign minister: Iran must do more in talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Credit: PA

The foreign minister of France said that Iran still had to make more effort to reach a preliminary political accord, but Tehran and the six powers were in the final and most difficult stages.

We are a few metres from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them.

It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side.

– French foreign minister Laurent Fabius

Party leaders arrive in Salford ahead of leaders' debate

Party leaders have been arriving at hotels near the venue of tomorrow's ITV leaders' debate - which was tonight revealed to be the studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Hosted by presenter Julie Etchingham, the debate will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm, and streamed through the website.

Read: Revealed: Set and location for political leaders' debate showdown

ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship reports on the build up to - and the risks of - tomorrow's event:

Four children among Brits held trying to get into Syria

A group of nine British nationals arrested on Turkey's border allegedly trying to cross illegally into Syria, is believed to include four children ranging in age from 10 to two-years-old.

The Foreign Office said it is in contact with the Turkish authorities and is investigating.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:


Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site complete

The final human remains from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane crash have been recovered today, according to reports.

French emergency rescue services worked among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, to recover passenger remains Credit: AP Photo/Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur

The Associated Press reported that Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, who has been involved in the recovery operation, had confirmed "there are no longer any visible remains" at the crash site.

Forensic experts will now begin the task of trying to match the remains with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed in the crash.

Chad army 'kills hundreds of Boko Haram militants'

Hundreds of Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria have been killed by armed forces from neighbouring Chad, an army spokesman has said.

Col Azem Bermandoa said Chadian forces were carrying out mopping-up operations in northern areas around the border town of Malam Fatori, which was recently claimed back from by the Islamist extremist group.

Nine Chad soldiers were killed and 16 injured in the fighting, he added.

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