WELLINGTON -- A driver of a school bus was dead and 40 people including six children were injured after the bus collided with the back of a passing train on Wednesday near Palmerston North in New Zealand's North Island.
The female bus driver who died in the crash, heading to the Feilding High School, was trying to cross the train tracks when her bus hit the back of the train at about 8 a.m. local time at a railway-road intersection. (New Zealand-Train-Bus-Crash)
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TOKYO -- The outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet resigned en masse Wednesday morning, marking an end to Abe's record-long tenure of nearly eight years.
Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), is set to take office as Japan's new prime minister later Wednesday after the parliament formally elects him as the new premier.
"I have spent every day putting my all into the economic recovery and diplomacy to protect Japan's interests," Abe said at the prime minister's office. (Japan-Abe Resignation)
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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed the 5 million mark on Wednesday, said latest data released by the federal health ministry. (India-COVID-19)
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UNITED NATIONS -- Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, declared the annual session closed on Tuesday, and passed the baton to the next president of the assembly, Volkan Bozkir.
"The emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has shown that we have to continue to deepen multilateral cooperation in the health sector, as in other areas, and implement the commitments of our heads of state and government to scale up national and global efforts to build a healthier world for all," Muhammad-Bande told the closing session. (UN-Assembly-Closing)