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Eight killed and 44 injured in two-bus smash in Mexico

Eight people have died and 44 others injured in a crash between two buses in Mexico.

The crash happened in the early hours of the morning on a highway in Tamaulipas state, a government statement said. What caused the smash is not yet known.

Twenty-six of those injured are being treated in hospital, described as being in a "serious but stable condition", while 18 suffered minor injuries.

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Judge rejects BP's bid to reduce fine from 2010 oil spill

A US federal judge has rejected BP's bid to reduce the maximum fine it could face over its role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP could face a fine of up to $13.7 billion (£8.9bn) of civil fines from the 2010 spill. Credit: Reuters

The fuel firm was hoping to cut its civil penalty per barrel spilled to $3,000 (£1,945), but US District Judge Carl Barbier upheld the government's ruling that the maximum fine should be $4,300 (£2,788).

It means BP could still face as much as $13.7 billion (£8.9bn) of civil fines from the spill.

Barbier did not rule on how much the company should actually pay out, and it is not yet known when he will make a decision.

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Mexico hospital blast kills seven, including three children

Local news reports show the destruction at the scene Credit: APTV

Seven people, including three children, were killed when a gas truck exploded and destroyed a large part of a maternity hospital in the west of Mexico City, emergency services said.

Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the country's civil protection agency, confirmed the seven deaths.

Dozens of people were evacuated, some with injuries from broken glass, while rescue workers scour the area for survivors.

Gas explosion rips through maternity hospital in Mexico

A gas explosion has ripped through a maternity hospital in Mexico City.

A number of people were injured in the blast Credit: AP

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told the Televisa network that at least 52 people were injured in the blast, 22 of whom were children.

He said the explosion, from a gas tank truck, caused part of the building to collapse, but added there are no deaths reported at this time.

Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
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