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  • JavierHuras/iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Fifteen people were injured -- including children -- after a car crashed into pedestrians along a beach walk in Brazil, local authorities told ABC News.The driver is suspected to have suffered some kind of epileptic attack, according to the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro State. The accident is not thought to be terror-related, officials said.Video out of Rio de Janeiro shows people strewn about the sand after the accident.First responders were seen tending to the injured, who were surrounded by a crowd of onlookers after the accident. The extent of the injuries is unknown.A small black car was seen with its hood lifted as authorities investigated the scene.It's the run-up to Carnival season, so beaches are more crowded than normal with tourists.
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  • gabriel__bostan/iStock/Thinkstock(DELHI, India) -- State-run schools in India's capital, Delhi, will soon provide a live feed of classrooms parents access on their mobile phones, on the heels of serious crimes alleged to have been committed against students.The goal, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said, is to "make the whole system transparent and accountable" and ensure the children's safety.Parents will be able to watch their children at school on a real-time basis, through a feed from closed-circuit TV cameras that will be installed in all classrooms and other spaces at government-run schools, Kejriwal said in a tweet.The process to install CCTV cameras would start in three months, The Hindustan Times reported, and the government is still developing the mobile app that will stream the live feed.The government said it plans to include a complaint feature in the mobile app, so if parents spot anything wrong, they can use it to report the activity.The affected schools cater to children between the ages of 3 and 16 years old.Many parents have expressed support of the move on social media, after a young child was found with his throat slit in a school bathroom and the alleged rape of a five-year old girl in another school.However, critics say that having the city's children and teachers under constant surveillance may not help the situation and is unfair, and it will likely be used as a disciplinary tool.Thousands of schools in China have already installed webcams in classrooms, from kindergarten to college. But after a critical article in the New York Times reported on them, several schools halted the broadcasts.The Telegraph reported last year that teachers in at least two English schools had been using body cameras, similar to those worn by police, to control student’s behavior.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • TongRo Images Inc/Thinkstock(BALLINA, Australia) -- In what’s being billed as the world’s first, a drone helped to rescue two swimmers today caught in the surf off an Australian beach.Gabe Vidler and Monty Greeslade, both 17, were body-surfing in the Pacific Ocean at Lennox Beach, north of Ballina, at about 11:30 a.m. local time when they began to struggle with strong currents and 10-foot waves, 9News of Australia reported.Friends on the beach alerted lifeguards, who had been conducting a training exercise using the drone, according to 9News.The struggling swimmers were located within minutes and the drone, recording every second, dropped an inflatable pod into the water, New South Wales Surf Life Saving said in a statement.“I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes,” Jai Sheridan, the lifeguard piloting the drone, said in the statement. “On a normal day that would have taken our lifeguards a few minutes longer to reach the members of the public.”The drone, known officially as the Little Ripper, is part of a new generation of search-and-rescue technology made by the Westpac Little Ripper group in which the Australian state of New South Wales has invested to help protect its beaches, according to Surf Life Saving.Both teenagers reportedly suffered no injuries in the incident, apart from showing signs of fatigue.
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  • ronniechua/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Spain has replaced the United States as the No. 2 tourism destination in the world, according to a United Nations agency.While France has retained the top spot with the most visitors, the United States has lost out to Spain for second place, according to the World Tourism Organization, a U.N. agency.In 2017, an estimated 82 million travelers visited Spain, leapfrogging the U.S. for the second spot, the UNWTO told ABC News. The year before, the U.S. welcomed 75.6 million visitors -- edging out Spain by just 300,000, the UN agency confirmed.Official numbers will be published in the spring, the UNWTO said.In the U.S., too, the U.S. Travel Association showed that in the first six months of 2017, there were six percent fewer tourists compared to the previous year. The group, according to Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster, also said U.S. tourism may have suffered from a global reaction to President Trump and his "America First" agenda."Many international travelers may have drastically misunderstood Trump's intentions as wanting to discourage international visitors generally, not just those who pose a security risk," a statement by the US Travel Association — the leading trade group of the industry — declared.In France -- despite terror attacks or attempts in France throughout 2017 -- the country still has a major pull: Paris."These days we have to acknowledge we are living in a world where anything can happen, anywhere, at any place," Joseph Carter, 41, a medical sales representative, told ABC News.Carter was planning to travel from his Miami, where he lives, to Paris with his family."And Paris is Paris," he said. "My daughter is 10. I don't want to give any kind of power to fears. I want her to see Paris."UNWTO'S Zurab Pololikashvili would not provide any specific information about why the U.S. lost the tourist battle with Spain despite a highly publicized independence crisis in one of its regions, Catalonia, home to the popular destination Barcelona.There was also a terror attack in Barcelona in August, in which 16 people, including an American, were killed.James, a 27-year-old backpacker visiting Madrid, told ABC News that if you're visiting a country where a terror attacked occurred, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be directly affected by the incident."These days you have to be more rational," said James, who declined to give his last name.Meanwhile, Mohammed Garcia, a Spanish national bank employee in Madrid, told ABC that he did not feel comfortable traveling to the United States."I don't know if as a [Spaniard] I would be welcomed," Garcia, 37, said. "I am hesitating between France or south of Spain."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • kylieellway/iStock/Thinkstock(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- A video released in Nigeria this week by Boko Haram purportedly shows some of the schoolgirls who were abducted from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago, vowing to stay with the militants and never return home.About a dozen girls and young women clad in Islamic garb appear in the footage released Sunday by Boko Haram, which has waged a brutal insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009. A few of the girls' faces are covered, and some are seen with young children."We are the Chibok girls," one of the girls says in Hausa language in the video, according to translations by news agencies. “We are the ones you are crying about for us to come back. By the grace of Allah, we are never coming back.”The video was published Monday on the news site Sahara Reporters by a journalist who specializes in covering the Boko Haram conflict.It was unclear whether any of the girls were in fact among the 276 kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their boarding school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria's Borno State in April 2014. Nigerian government officials did not respond to ABC News’ repeated requests for comment on the video and questions about its authenticity.Allen Manasseh, a spokesman for the village of Chibok, told ABC News he cannot verify the identities of any of the girls seen in the video.Boko Haram, which seeks to establish an Islamic state, has spread its terror across Nigeria's mountainous borders over the years into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, all of which surround the Lake Chad Basin. The jihadist group, whose name roughly translates into "Western education is forbidden," has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced some 2.3 million, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.Boko Haram's uprising was fueled largely through the group's systematic campaign of abducting children and forcing thousands of girls and boys into their ranks, according to a report issued in April 2017 by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).Still, the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls shocked the world and led to the launch of a social media campaign in which millions of people around the globe, including high-profile political figures and celebrities, called for the girls' rescue by tweeting the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.Some of the girls managed to escape on their own, while others were later rescued or freed following negotiations. But the fate of many remains unknown.Manasseh, who is a front-line member of the #BringBAckOurGirls movement, said his group didn't release any statement regarding the new footage because it is typical propaganda from Boko Haram, which in the past has released similar videos purporting to show missing Chibok girls."What the Chibok girls in the new video released on Sunday are saying is not their own words but what the Boko Haram leadership wants them to say," Manasseh told ABC News. "We know their stories and we cannot be deceived by the new video."
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