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Six dead after school minibus crashes into truck in France

Six people have died and two require urgent medical treatment after a school minibus crashed in to a truck in Rochefort, south-west France.

Local authorities in Charente-Maritime confirmed the news on Twitter and said nine others were being supported following the incident.

Alain Vidalies, French secretary of state for transport, expressed "terror and great sadness" at the news.

Segolene Royal, Ecology Minister said the government "fully supports the families of victims" in the accident, adding that work was starting on the site.

Junior doctors return to work after 24-hour walkout

Demonstrators protest in Westminster during the latest 24-hour doctors' strike. Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Junior doctors have returned to work after a 24-hour walkout over proposed new contracts.

The deadlock has shown little sign of breaking - with the major sticking pointing remaining over weekend pay and whether Saturday should be classed as a normal working day.

Around 1,140 planned inpatient procedures were cancelled as a result of the latest walkout, alongside 1,734 day procedures, according to analysis by NHS England.

NHS England confirmed that 43% of junior doctors reported for duty on the day shift - a figure including doctors who had never intended to strike, such as those working in emergency care.

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Sian Blake murder suspect to be extradited to UK tonight

The partner of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake is to be extradited to the UK tonight, where he is suspected of killing her and her two children, ITV News understands.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested in Ghana after the killings. Credit: ITV News

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested in Ghana after leaving the country days after Ms Blake and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon were reported missing.

They were later found buried in the garden of the couple's home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

The bodies of Sian Blake and her children Zachary and Amon were found in their garden. Credit: PA

A post-mortem revealed the three died from neck and head injuries.

Police had spoken to Simpson-Kent at the house on December 16, and returned two days later to find the property empty.

He arrived in Ghana the following day, and was arrested on January 9.

The 48-year-old had previously said he would not fight extradition.

Junior doctor contract talks reach 'end of the road'

A picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol. Credit: PA

New contracts could be imposed on junior doctors by the Health Secretary after union leaders rejected his "best and final offer".

The Government's chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, had warned talks were at "the end of the road" should the British Medical Association not endorse his latest offer by Wednesday afternoon.

Instead the BMA again called on the Health Secretary to accept its own proposed pay model and withdraw his threat to force through changes, even though the Government has refused to "remove that from the table".

A 24-hour strike by medics will end at 8am today.

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