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Six dead after school minibus crashes into truck in France

Six children have died after a school minibus crashed in to a truck in Rochefort, south-west France.

Local authorities in Charente-Maritime confirmed the news on Twitter, adding two people required urgent medical attention and nine others were being supported following the incident.

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke of "pain and compassion" after the crash "took six young lives", appearing to suggest that all the victims were students.

Alain Vidalies, French secretary of state for transport, also 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.

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Chris Christie pulls out of US Presidential race

Chris Christie finished in sixth-place in New Hampshire. Credit: Reuters/Gretchen Ertl

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has pulled out of the US Presidential race.

The decision comes after Republican candidate Christie finished in sixth-place in New Hampshire with just seven per cent of the vote.

Christie confirmed his decision in a message posted on Facebook.

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Female suicide bombers kill dozens of refugees in Nigeria

At least 56 people were killed and dozens more injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

The attack happened at a refugee camp in Dikwa, north-eastern Nigeria Credit: Google Maps

Around 78 people were being treated for injuries after the twin explosions at the camp in Dikwa, which houses some 50,000 people forced to flee from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Officials in Nigeria have pinned blame for the attack on the extremists.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began six years ago, and 2.5 million made homeless.

It comes after another two suicide bombers, believed to have come from Nigeria, killed 10 people and injured 40 in a border village with Cameroon's Far North province.

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