UPDATE: 75 reported dead after Colombian plane crash, including members of Brazilian football team

UPDATE 14:08- Reports claim another survivor of Colombian plane crash has died in hospital. The Brazilian Government have announced three days of national mourning.

A plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team, crashed in the early hours of this morning.

The crash occurred at 03:15 GMT, following an electrical fault reported by the pilot.

Police have confirmed that 1 of the six initial survivors has died in hospital. Survivors of the crash are reported to include footballers and a journalist.

The Chapecoense Football team were due to play the Medellín team Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday 30th November. The match has now been postponed indefinitely.

Brazilian President, Michel Temer, offered his condolences on Twitter:

“The government will do everything possible to alleviate the pain of friends and family of sport and national journalism”

Temer said that all means were being put forward to “help families and give every assistance possible. Aeronautics and Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are already in effect.”

In a statement The Brazilian Football Federation said:

“Our solidarity and prayers are with the passengers and crew.”

International News Belt

Europe

Riot police clash with strikers outside a major oil refinery in France as the forces attempt to put an end to the 10-day-long blockade of the terminal. The action was prompted when the protests against the government’s plans to increase retirement age caused thousands of petrol stations across France to run dry.

A Dutch ferry was overturned after colliding with a German freight ship on the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. Divers and a helicopter with thermal image have been deployed but no victims have been found so far.

Asia

China’s Internet censorship ways are spreading to south-east Asia. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and the Philippines are moving towards blocking ‘critical’ content online to stifle dissent.

Tibetan students in China protesting for the right to study in their own language have increased in numbers. The movement formed in response to unconfirmed reports of plans to replace the Tibetan language with Chinese in classrooms.

Americas

President Obama speaks out against bullying in light of recent suicides of gay teenagers in America. An array of politicians, celebrities and bloggers have spoken out for the ‘It Gets Better Project’, launched last month by activist Dan Savage.

Former Canadian air force commander sentenced for life for murders of two women. Colonel Russell Williams also pleaded guilty to sexual assault and 82 counts of breaking and entering to steal women’s underwear.

Africa

Guinea presidential election may be delayed for a third time. The computers for vote-counting having been stolen and the failure to distribute key materials may stop the first democratic election in Guinea in 52 years set to happen on Sunday.

Stowaway crocodile may have caused plane crash in Congo. The disaster that killed 19 people and a British Pilot in August may have been due to an escaped crocodile causing panic on board, as told by the sole survivor.

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