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Seven-year-old boy burned in 'petrol' incident

A seven-year-old boy is being treated for serious burns after reports that he was "on fire" in an Aberdeen street.

The incident happened in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen. Credit: Google Maps

Police said they received "reports of a boy on fire" at around 2pm and are following a positive line of inquiry.

Petrol was said to have been used in the incident and the boy was taken to Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital where his injuries have been described as serious.

A force spokesman said: "A seven-year-old boy is undergoing treatment following an incident in Bedford Avenue in Aberdeen. It was reported to us at 2pm this afternoon.

"The incident involves petrol and the boy has quite serious burns. Police are at the scene and following a positive line of inquiry."

Powerful earthquake strikes Mexico

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running into the street.

The quake was centred in the state of Guerrero, north of the beach resort of Acapulco, the US Geological Survey said.

Guerrero is north of coastal town Acapulco. Credit: Google Maps

There were no immediate reports of major damage.


Ukraine PM: Russian language to have special status

Ukraine's Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has indicated that the Russian language will have special status when the country's constitution is amended.

The Ukrainian parliament had passed a law in February downgrading Russian's status as an official second language, despite the fact that millions of Ukrainians use it as a mother tongue.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, also said the new constitution could decentralise power to Ukraine's regions and allow them to adopt Russian as an official language.

Read: East Ukraine militants will not vacate government buildings

Crowds gather for Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square

An actor playing Jesus walks through the crowd in London's Trafalgar Square Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Crowds gathered today to watch a Good Friday re-enactment of the Passion of Jesus in central London's Trafalgar Square.

Roman soldiers lift the cross carrying a bloodied Jesus Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Actors from the Wintershall Players, a troupe based in Surrey, played the parts of Jesus and the two robbers crucified alongside him, along with several Roman soldiers.

Actors playing Jesus and two robbers take part in the re-enactment of the crucifixion Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Teachers could be set for fresh round of strikes

Teachers are preparing for a fresh round of strikes at the end of June in a long and bitter row with the Government over pay, pensions and conditions.

The fresh round of strikes could hit schools in England and Wales in the summer term. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) could walkout this summer if the dispute is not resolved.

The union will debate whether to stage fresh walkouts at their annual conference, being held in Brighton, which seeks co-ordinated national strikes in the week beginning Monday June 23 if "significant progress" is not made in ongoing talks with the Government.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout and offers the prospect of widespread disruption to schools in England and Wales in the summer term.


At least 12 guides killed in Mount Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepali mountaineering guides have been killed after an avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest, a tourism ministry official said.

The avalanche is the deadliest in eight years and hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak.

Three guides were injured and up to five people are missing in the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season.

Missing vice principal from S Korea ferry found hanged

The vice principal of a school with hundreds of pupils missing in the South Korean ferry accident has been found hanged.

Police said Kang Min-gyu, who had not been seen since Thursday, was found near a large gym where families of the accident's victims are staying.

Around 250 pupils from Mr Kang's school are among the missing from the ferry, which had around 475 passengers and crew on board when it sank off the south-west coast of South Korea on Wednesday.

Read: Captain not at helm when South Korea ferry capsized


Cannabis farm found after toddler dials 999 by accident

GMP tweeted "Look what we found following an abandoned 999 call made by a child!" Credit: GMP Salfod

A toddler led police to a cannabis farm in Salford after dialing 999 while playing with his parents' phone.

Nine cannabis plants were found when officers attended an address in Little Hulton following up a silent emergency call made by the child.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

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