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Three Britons injured and two people dead after tourist bus smashes into a tree in Malta

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Three Britons including two children are among 50 people injured after a fatal bus crash in Malta, local police have said. 

A 37-year-old Spanish woman and a Belgian man, 62, were killed after the open-top double decker smashed into a low hanging tree branch.

The crash in the southern town of Zurrieq left a dozen children injured.

The three British people taken to hospital were a 44-year-old man and two boys aged six and eight.

Malta’s health minister Chris Fearne said most of the passengers were from the UK or Belgium.

A German woman, 31, an Italian woman, 72, and a 35-year-old man whose nationality is unknown were also taken to the Mater Dei hospital for treatment.

The open top tourist bus smashed into a low hanging tree branch in Zurrieq
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The open top tourist bus smashed into a low hanging tree branch in Zurrieq

Emergency service workers used cranes to lift the injured onto stretchers from the top deck.

The Malta Police Force said: “These persons were also certified as suffering from grievous injuries.”

Officers were called out at around 4.15pm local time on Monday.

Police said a preliminary investigation showed the 24-year-old man driving the bus had lost control before crashing into the branch.

The driver is reported to have not suffered any injuries.

Rescue workers were seen lifting injured people off the bus with cranes
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Rescue workers were seen lifting injured people off the bus with cranes

Local media reports suggested tree branches may have been lower than usual because of damage from gale-force winds on Sunday night.

Police said their investigation is ongoing.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are urgently seeking more information from the Maltese authorities following an incident involving a bus.

“We stand ready to provide assistance to any British people involved.”

Zurrieq is a popular tourist destination outside the capital Valletta that is famous for its ruins.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce partnership with Procter & Gamble – a company she once called sexist | US News

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Decades after criticising Procter & Gamble as a child, the Duchess of Sussex and her husband have announced a partnership with the firm.

Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Foundation confirmed a long-term relationship with the American multi-national consumer goods company on Tuesday.

It will focus on gender equality, inclusive online spaces, resilience and impact through sport.

As an 11-year-old, Meghan had written to Procter & Gamble to complain about the sexist language used in a TV advert.

Her letter-writing campaign objected to a dish soap commercial which included the line: “Mothers around America are fighting greasy pots and pans”.

She appeared in an interview with Nick News in 1993 to talk about her campaign, saying she was “furious” about the advert.

She added: “When they heard this, the boys in my class started saying: ‘Yeah that’s where women belong – in the kitchen’.”

Meghan successfully lobbied the firm to change the line from “mothers around America” to “people all over America”.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meets with Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, and his wife Leah in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The royal couple are on the third day of their African tour. (Henk Kruger/African News Agency via AP, Pool)
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Harry and Meghan and their son Archie now live in the US. Pic: AP

Announcing the partnership, the Archewell website said: “Archewell Foundation believes that with community, and through compassionate service to others, we can unleash systemic cultural change.

“In service of doing this, and building more compassionate communities, Archewell Foundation announced a multi-year global partnership today with Procter & Gamble.”

The website said the partnership would “elevate the voices of adolescent girls” to ensure “their point of view and lived experience is heard at the tables where decisions are made”.

It also vowed to work with men and boys to encourage gender equality.

On their son Archie's birthday the couple called for vaccine equality
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On their son Archie’s birthday the couple called for vaccine equality

The foundation said it will build on joint aspirations with P&G, which it worked with in support of Global Citizen’s Vax live concert, in aid of the international COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Procter & Gamble owns brands such as Oral B, Gillette, Pampers and Tampax, and reported net sales in 2019 of $67.7bn (£47.8bn).

On its website, it said: “We’ve also been inspired by the mission of the Archewell Foundation and its founders, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, that with community, and through compassionate service to others, we can drive systemic cultural change, benefiting everyone.”

Harry and Meghan quit as senior working royals in March last year.

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Greece: £257,000 reward offered to catch killers who strangled British mother, 20, in her Athens home | World News

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A €300,000 (£257,000) reward is being offered by the Greek government to track down burglars who strangled a British woman next to her baby in Athens.

The 20-year-old victim was sleeping with her husband and 11-month-old child when three men broke into their home in the Glyka Nera suburb before dawn after killing the family’s dog, said reports.

The young mother was tied up and strangled, while her 32-year-old husband, a pilot, was bound and gagged.

He survived Tuesday’s “barbaric” attack and managed to loosen his ties before calling police.

The burglars escaped with money and jewellery, while the baby was unharmed.

Greece’s minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described the woman’s killing as “particularly heinous”.

“One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals,” he said.

The victim was born in Greece but had a British passport, according to police, who said she was married to a Greek man.

Two teams of detectives are investigating the deadly incident.

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Israel: Hamas launches rocket attack on Tel-Aviv | World News

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Hamas has launched a rocket attack on Tel-Aviv – with the Israeli ambulance service saying at least one person is in a critical condition after a building was targeted.

All flights have since been halted at the city’s Ben Gurion Airport, according to Israel’s Kan broadcaster.

Hamas said in a statement it had fired 130 rockets towards Tel-Aviv and its suburbs amid ongoing tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

A blast took place in the suburb of Holon on Tuesday evening, according to Israel Channel 12 TV.

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