'They were buried': hope for children dims amid rubble of Mexico City school

'They were buried': hope for children dims amid rubble of Mexico City schoolA man moves rubble taken from the Enrique Rebsamen school that collapsed after an earthquake in Mexico City. When Silverio Pérez reached the ruined school, he could still hear the screams coming from the children trapped beneath the shattered concrete. Dozens of people – students and teachers – were still inside the Enrique Rebsámen school when Tuesday’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City, reducing the three-storey building to mound of rubble and twisted metal.


Stop 'escalation,' Spain PM tells Catalan separatists as protests rage

Stop 'escalation,' Spain PM tells Catalan separatists as protests rageSpain’s prime minister called Wednesday on Catalan separatist leaders to end their “escalation” as several thousand people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest at Madrid’s attempts to stop a banned referendum on independence. “Stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all,” Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement as protesters remained in the centre of the Mediterranean seaside city after a day-long demonstration that headed into the night. Shouting “we will vote,” independence supporters started their gathering on Wednesday morning after police detained 14 Catalan government officials, raising tensions as Madrid pulls out the stops to prevent regional separatist leaders from holding the vote on October 1.


Erdogan, Putin to discuss Syrian peace plan next week

Erdogan, Putin to discuss Syrian peace plan next weekTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he will meet Russia’s President Vladimir Putin next week to discuss a plan agreed by their countries and Iran to reduce the fighting in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. The three countries agreed last week to deploy hundreds of observers around the province, which borders Turkey and is controlled by an alliance led by the Nusra Front, fighters once linked to al Qaeda. “Idlib has been set as a de-escalation zone,” Erdogan told an event in New York where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly.