3 hurt after car deliberately rams people in southern France

Google map showing the general location of Toulouse, France.
Updated 10 November 2017
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3 hurt after car deliberately rams people in southern France

TOULOUSE, France: A man deliberately drove his car into a group of people outside a school near Toulouse in southern France on Friday, injuring three Chinese students, police sources said.
The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old man, was known to police for committing minor offenses but was not on a terrorism watchlist, the sources said. He was arrested at the scene.
One of the students, a young woman, was being treated for serious head injuries.
“For the moment, it is not being looked at as a terrorist incident although it is also not ruled out,” the Toulouse prosecutor said in a statement.
The driver has long suffered from psychological problems and was hospitalized until Dec. 2016, the prosecutor said.
More than 240 people have been killed in France since early 2015 in attacks by Islamist militants or assailants inspired by the Daesh group.
Monday will mark the second anniversary of attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people.
Earlier this week, French police arrested nine people and another was arrested in Switzerland in coordinated counter-terrorism swoops.


5.5-magnitude earthquake off coast of southern Greece: USGS

Updated 25 June 2018
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5.5-magnitude earthquake off coast of southern Greece: USGS

WASHINGTON: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Greece on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The earthquake hit at a depth of 30 kilometres (19 miles), about 70 kilometres southwest of the city of Kalamata, the US Geological Survey said.
The epicentre was in the sea off the town of Pylos.
"The quake had a long duration and initially we were worried, but right now we have absolute calm", the mayor of Pylos, Dimitris Kafantaris, told Antenna TV.
Greece sits on significant fault lines and has been regularly hit by earthquakes in recent years, but rarely with casualties.
Last July, however, a 6.7-magnitude quake killed two people and injured scores on the tourist island of Kos.