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A child has been found alive under the rubble of a collapsed Mexico City school following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which killed 225 people across Mexico. The girl was found by rescuers in the debris at the Enrique Rebsamen school in a southern area of the capital.

Foro TV reported that rescuers spotted the child and shouted to her to move her hand if she could hear them, which she did. A search dog subsequently entered the wreckage and confirmed she was alive. The chief of Mexico’s national civil defence agency said 225 people are now known to be dead following the tremor on Tuesday.

Luis Felipe Puente said in a tweet that 94 are confirmed dead in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 12 in the State of Mexico, four in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

Tuesday’s quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 tremor that killed thousands. Just hours before it hit, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date. At the Rebsamen school, a wing of the three-storey building collapsed.

Journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small bodies from the rubble, covered in sheets. Volunteer Dr Pedro Serrano managed to crawl into the pile of rubble. He made it into a classroom, but found all of its occupants dead.

He said: “We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults – a woman and a man. “We can hear small noises, but we don’t know if they’re coming from above or below, from the walls above (crumbling), or someone below calling for help.”

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school’s wreckage, all but four of them children. It is not clear whether those deaths were included in the overall death toll of 225 reported by the federal civil defence agency.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto had earlier reported 22 bodies found and said 30 children and eight adults were reported missing. Mr Pena Nieto urged people to be calm and said authorities were moving to provide help as 40% of Mexico City and 60 percent of nearby Morelos state were without power.

But, he said, “the priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people”. People across central Mexico already had rallied to help their neighbours as dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of broken concrete.

Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 sites in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed and twisted and hundreds of thousands of panicked people ran into the streets.

The huge volunteer effort included people from all walks of life in Mexico City, where social classes seldom mix. Doctors, dentists and lawyers lined up alongside with construction workers and street sweepers, handing buckets of debris or chunks of concrete hand-to-hand down the line.

Mr Mancera said 50 to 60 people were rescued by citizens and emergency workers in the capital. The official Twitter feed of civil defence agency head Luis Felipe Puente said 94 dead had been counted in Mexico City and 71 in Morelos state, which is just south of the capital.

It said 43 were known dead in Puebla state, where the quake was centred. Twelve deaths were listed in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City on three sides, four in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca.
At the site of a collapsed apartment building in Mexico City, rescuers worked atop a three-story pile of rubble, forming a human chain that passed pieces of rubble across four city blocks to a site where they were dumped.

Throughout the day, rescuers pulled dust-covered people, some barely conscious, some seriously injured, from about three dozen collapsed buildings. At one site, shopping trolleys commandeered from a nearby supermarket were used to carry water to the rescue site and take rubble away. As night fell, huge floodlights illuminated the recovery sites, but workers and volunteers begged for headlamps.

Buildings also collapsed in Morelos state, including the town hall and local church in Jojutla near the quake’s epicentre. A dozen people died in Jojutla. The town’s Instituto Morelos secondary school partly collapsed, but school director Adelina Anzures said the earthquake drill held in the morning came in handy.

“I told them that it was not a game, that we should be prepared,” Ms Anzures said of the drill.
When the quake came, she said, children and teachers rapidly filed out and nobody was hurt. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake hit was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, 76 miles south-east of Mexico City.

Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes centred hundreds of miles away. The quake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 quake that struck on September 7 off Mexico’s southern coast and also was felt strongly in the capital.

US Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle noted the epicentres of the two quakes were 400 miles apart, and said most aftershocks are within 60 miles. President Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning for the victims.

The official Twitter account for the Office of the Presidency announced the declaration, saying “Mexico shares your pain”.

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Donald Trump, U.S., Emmys
President Donald Trump

Donald Trump has hit out at the Emmys after a stream of stars used the awards ceremony to criticise him.

The US president took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to say he was “saddened” to see the “worst ever” Emmys ratings – a claim that appears to be incorrect.

“Smartest people of them all are the ‘DEPLORABLES.’,” he added, in a reference to his election opponent Hillary Clinton’s much-maligned comment about his support base.

According to ratings figures by market researchers Nielsen, the Emmys broadcast on US network CBS drew 11.38 million viewers.

The figure is slightly more than the 2016 ceremony which did draw the record low of 11.3 million.

During repeated political barbs at the Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday night, Mr Trump was accused of making black people the most oppressed in America and called a “lying, hypocritical bigot”.

Emmy presenters Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda took to the stage alongside Dolly Parton, their co-star in Nine To Five, and Fonda described the conditions their characters faced in the 1980 film.

To Parton’s apparent surprise, Tomlin added: “And in 2017 we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

Alec Baldwin, who won outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayals of Mr Trump on Saturday Night Live, also made a jibe at the Celebrity Apprentice-host-cum-president.

“At long last Mr President here is your Emmy,” he said.

Atlanta star Donald Glover also took aim as he collected the lead actor in a comedy series award.

“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list – he’s the reason I’m probably up here,” he said.

Mr Trump’s fired press secretary Sean Spicer also made an appearance.

He joked “this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys – period”, referencing the debacle over numbers attending the president’s inauguration speech.

The ceremony received criticism for his appearance for apparently normalising his actions.

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E-Cigarettes, Vaping

GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, British health officials have said.

The move from the country’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) comes despite backing for e-cigarettes from Public Health England (PHE), which says they are a useful aid for quitting.

In new draft guidance, Nice does not recommend e-cigarettes to help people quit but says doctors and nurses should have a conversation with their patients about their use.

They should tell people that although e-cigarettes are not licensed medicines, they are regulated by law and some smokers have found them helpful when they wish to quit smoking.

It says patients should be told, though, that there “is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of these products”.

Nevertheless, staff should “be aware that Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians have stated that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco”.

The guideline says GPs and nurses should focus on recommending a combination of behavioural support from NHS Stop Smoking services and products such as nicotine replacement therapies as an aid to quitting.

Nice also recommends employers “negotiate a smoke-free workplace policy with employees” and form rules around cigarette breaks for staff.

Workplace policies should “state whether or not smoking breaks may be taken during working hours and, if so, where, how often and for how long,” it said.

In December, the US surgeon general issued a stark warning over the risks of e-cigarettes – putting him at odds with UK public health officials.

America’s most senior doctor Vivek Murthy said e-cigarette use among young people and young adults “is not safe” and is “now a major public health concern”.

He said the negative health effects and potentially harmful doses of heated chemicals in e-cigarette liquids are not completely understood.

However, a PHE report in 2015 said e-cigarettes should not be viewed in the same way as smoking.

It said “best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether”.

The report – which was heavily criticised – said any new regulations should “maximise the public health opportunities of electronic cigarettes”.

It added: “While vaping may not be 100% safe, most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and the chemicals which are present pose limited danger.”

According to Nice, smoking is the main cause of preventable illness and premature death in England.

In 2014/15, an estimated 475,000 NHS hospital admissions in England were linked to smoking and 17% (78,000) of all deaths in 2014 were attributed to smoking.

Treating smoking-related illness is estimated to cost the NHS £2.5 billion a year while the wider cost to society is about £12.7 billion

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Catalonia, Independence

Spanish police have arrested 12 people in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia as a crackdown intensifies on the region’s preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal.

Today’s raids mostly targeted the region’s economic and foreign departments as Spanish authorities worked to halt all preparatory moves for the planned October 1 referendum, it was reported.

Hundreds of people gathered to protest against the raids and shout pro-independence slogans outside offices in the region’s capital, Barcelona.

The Catalan regional government confirmed Josep Maria Jove, secretary general of economic affairs, was among those arrested.

Police and judicial authorities would give no details on the operation, saying a judge has placed a secrecy order on it.

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Parsons Green, Police

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said.

The 25-year-old was held in a counter-terrorism raid in Newport, South Wales, shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.

Witnesses to the arrest described officers “jumping” a man who was put into a police car and driven away.

Nearby resident Sully Ali, 19, a part-time model, told the Press Association: “A big van pulled up and six officers got out and jumped this guy.

“There were two armed officers there, they didn’t have their guns pointed at him but they had them on show.

“The guy was smiling. I didn’t hear him saying anything or the police saying anything to him.”

Mr Ali said the arrested man worked as a painter and decorator for some local residents.

He added: “They were Met Police officers – they were wearing hats saying Met Police and they didn’t speak like anyone from round here.

“He was arrested and handcuffed by officers wearing suits.

“They handcuffed him and led him away, they didn’t put him in the van though – they put him in a marked police car.”

Two other suspects – Yahyah Farroukh, 21, and an 18-year-old man – remain in custody after detectives were granted more time to question them over Friday morning’s bomb attack on a London Underground train.

Residents said the arrested man had lived in the area for many years and attended local mosques.

“He was a nice guy, everybody knew him,” one man said.

“He was a student here and he worked as a painter and decorator.”

One mother added: “He did some painting on our house about two years ago.

“He was a nice guy, he was very softly spoken.

“He used to condemn terrorism in front of my husband, my husband would condemn terrorism and he would agree with him.

“I know he is a Muslim but I don’t know what mosque he went to. Muslims in this area are totally shocked, we condemn terrorism totally and we totally condemn what happened in London.”

The raid was carried out by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by Gwent Police and the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and an address in the town was being searched on Tuesday night.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

“We now have three men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.

“We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption.

“However it is important that we continue with these searches and I’d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and co-operation.”

The family of the second suspect questioned over the Parsons Green bombing earlier insisted he was innocent and “loves the UK”, according to reports.

The older man’s family expressed their shock after the Syrian refugee was arrested on Saturday night as he finished a shift at a fried chicken takeaway.

His brother Hamed told the MailOnline from Egypt that Farroukh did not mix with extremists.

He said: “He is a good guy. He works in a restaurant to make a living. He would not hurt anyone.

“My father, God bless his soul, brought us up to live decently and with high morals. Yahyah has never mingled with bad guys or militants or Daesh people.”

The family said they left Damascus, in war-torn Syria, in 2012 and moved to Egypt, where their sick father died recently.

Farroukh had travelled to the Netherlands to visit them during the Muslim holy period of Eid, shortly after the death, they said.

Scotland Yard said magistrates had granted warrants allowing the 18-year-old to be held until Saturday, and Farroukh until Thursday.

The news came as fresh CCTV footage emerged that appears to show the Parsons Green bomb suspect on his way to plant his home-made device.

The video, obtained by the Press Association, shows a figure dressed in grey carrying a distinctive white Lidl carrier bag around 80 minutes before the explosion that injured 29 people.

Both Farroukh and the younger man, understood to be the suspected bomber, are believed to have spent time in foster care with Penelope and Ronald Jones, aged 71 and 88 respectively, who previously received MBEs for services to children and families.

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Some Ryanair passengers who re-booked flights after the airline announced mass cancellations have reported having to pay again if they had chosen to pick seats or take hold luggage.

The travellers who were offered “free” replacement flights discovered they were not refunded for charges on extras paid on their original booking, leaving them having to pay twice.

The Dublin-based carrier – which is shelving up to 50 flights daily over the next six weeks – said it is aware of the issue and any customers who were double charged for seats or hold luggage will be refunded.
One passenger told the Daily Telegraph that the website would not let them book on a flight “unless I paid twice for the seats and bags”.

Consumer rights group Which? said it was “outrageous” that people could be double charged and urged the airline to issue refunds swiftly.

Alex Neill, managing director of home products and services, said: “It’s outrageous that Ryanair passengers who have had already to endure huge inconvenience are essentially being double charged for booking seating and luggage.

“The airline must quickly ensure affected passengers are re-booked, fully refunded and automatically compensated without having to jump through hoops.” Kenny Jacobs, the airline’s chief marketing officer, told the Telegraph: “We are aware of this issue and any customer who has been double charged for bags or allocated seating will be refunded.”

Ryanair faces a compensation bill of up to €20m over the cancellations brought about by the over-allocation of pilots’ holidays during a relatively busy period. The airline said it was cancelling flights at airports where it ran the busiest schedules so it would be easier to place passengers on alternative flights.

Customers affected by cancellations which run until October 28 will be emailed offers of alternatives or full refunds and details of their compensation entitlement, the budget airline confirmed. Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, told a press conference on Tuesday that it was clear the debacle had a “large reputational impact” and apologised.

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Foreign Secretary, Theresa May, Conservative Party
British PM Theresa May

Theresa May is expecting Boris Johnson to remain in her Cabinet as Foreign Secretary, Downing Street has said.

The comment came after Mr Johnson dismissed reports that he might be on the verge of quitting and denied the Cabinet is split over Brexit, insisting: “We are a nest of singing birds.”

Mrs May has called a special meeting of Cabinet at Number 10 on Thursday to discuss her crunch Brexit speech in Italy the following day, which a Downing Street source said would be “a significant moment” in the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Mrs May and Mr Johnson are at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, but her spokesman said they had not met since the Foreign Secretary’s intervention.

Their schedules do not coincide until Wednesday when Mr Johnson is due to be in the audience for Mrs May’s formal address to the UN, and he is not due to join the PM at a reception for Commonwealth leaders on Tuesday evening, the spokesman said.

Asked whether she was confident that ministers at the meeting would be united behind her strategy, Mrs May told Sky News: “Yes, the Cabinet is absolutely clear about the destination we are aiming for in relation to our European negotiations.

“We want to make sure we get the best possible deal for the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union.

“What we want to do is to ensure not just a good deal on trade, but also on our future security and relationship on law enforcement and criminal justice.”

And challenged over calls for Mr Johnson to face the sack, she said: “Boris is doing good work as Foreign Secretary. He has been doing that here at the United Nations.”

Speculation has been rife that Mr Johnson may resign or be sacked after an explosive article setting out his personal blueprint for Brexit overshadowed the run-up to the Florence address.

The essay sparked reports that the Cabinet is split between those like Chancellor Philip Hammond, who favour an “EEA-minus” deal similar to Switzerland’s involving payments for access to the single market, and those including Mr Johnson who prefer a “Ceta-plus” arrangement involving a simple free trade deal like Canada’s.

Asked if Mrs May thought Mr Johnson would remain in the Cabinet beyond the weekend, the PM’s spokesman told reporters in New York: “Yes. Boris Johnson is the Foreign Secretary and, as the Prime Minister has said, he is doing a good job.”

Asked if Mrs May had confidence in Mr Johnson, the PM’s spokesman said simply: “Yes.”

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, Theresa May, Conservative Party
Boris Johnson

Mr Johnson spoke to TV reporters in New York after bumping into them at a hotel lift as he returned from a jog.

Asked if there was a Cabinet split on Europe, Mr Johnson said: “No, we are a Government working together. We are a nest of singing birds.”

And asked directly if he would resign, he replied: “No.”

Mr Johnson said: “We are working together, that is the key thing, to make sure that Britain can take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit.”

A Daily Telegraph report – dismissed as “mischief” by allies of the Foreign Secretary – suggested Mr Johnson would be prepared to quit by the weekend if Mrs May concedes too much to the European Union in her efforts to secure a trade deal.

The Foreign Secretary is understood to accept the idea of the UK paying its dues to Brussels during a transition period – but not for continued payments for access to the European single market on a permanent basis.

Reports suggest Mrs May could use Friday’s speech to seek to break the deadlock in Brexit talks by offering to continue making payments into EU budgets of as much as £10 billion a year during a transition period following the official date of withdrawal in March 2019.

In his article, the Foreign Secretary was insistent no payments should be made after Brexit, and made no mention of the transition period of two to three years which Mrs May and Mr Hammond are now thought to favor.

In a round of TV interviews in New York, Mrs May was careful to state that Britain would not be paying “huge sums” to the EU “year on year on year”, but made it clear she was ready to approve continued payments for specific projects in which the UK is interested in participating.

She said: “What I said, if you look back at my Lancaster House speech which set out the principles of our future relationship with the European Union, is that one of the things that leaving the European Union does is it means that in the future, year on year on year, we will not be sending huge sums of money into the European Union.”

And, asked about the prospect of a “divorce bill” estimated to run into tens of billions of pounds, she told the BBC: “We are very clear that we are a law abiding nation and we stand by our obligations.

“There may be projects that we want to be part of and that may involve contributing to the costs of those programs.

“But these issues are part of the negotiations. Those negotiations have been very constructive.”

The PM brushed off suggestions she was avoiding Mr Johnson at the UN, saying: “I will be seeing Boris at various stages during our time here, but of course we have got very busy programs.”

Her spokesman told reporters: “These are incredibly busy events and all of the seven British Government ministers here are attending a wide range of events.

“It is all about meeting as many people as possible and explaining the UK’s priorities to as many people as possible.”

Mrs May was meeting a series of world leaders for one-on-one discussions at the UN General Assembly, as well as hosting a meeting on modern slavery which will be attended by President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

The PM’s spokesman said Mrs May had met her at the G20 summit in Germany in July, when Ms Trump expressed an interest in giving her backing to the campaign against modern slavery which the Prime Minister has spearheaded.

Mrs May is due to meet Mr Trump himself for private talks on Wednesday.

Veteran Tory Europhile Ken Clarke said Mr Johnson should have faced the sack for his Brexit intervention.

Former chancellor Mr Clarke said: “Sounding off personally in this way is totally unhelpful and he shouldn’t exploit the fact she hasn’t got a majority in Parliament, and he knows perfectly well that normally the Foreign Secretary would be sacked for doing that – and she, unfortunately, after the general election, is not in the position easily to sack him – which he should stop exploiting.”

It later emerged that Mr Johnson was expected to attend part of the Commonwealth reception and may speak to the PM there.

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Mexico, Earthquake

A powerful earthquake has hit central Mexico, cracking building facades and scattering rubble in the capital on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles south east of Mexico City.

Thousands of people fled office buildings and hugged to calm each other along Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument.

Mexico, Earthquake
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In the Roma neighbourhood, which was struck hard by the 1985 quake, piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets.

Two men calmed a woman seated on a stool in the street, blood trickling form a small wound on her knee.

At a nearby market, a worker in a hardhat walked around the outside warning people not to smoke as a smell of gas filled the air.

Market trader Edith Lopez, 25, was in a taxi a few blocks away when the quake struck.

She said she saw glass bursting out of the windows of some buildings. She was anxiously trying to locate her children, whom she had left in the care of her disabled mother.

Pictures fell from office building walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over.

Some people dived for cover under desks and local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city’s normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down.

Earlier in the day workplaces across the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake, a magnitude 8.1 temblor, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City.

Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil is known to amplify the effects of earthquakes even hundreds of miles away.

The latest earthquake comes 11 days after a huge temblor killed 96 people.