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'Bus strike will hurt students'

Fianna Fail has called on Bus Eireann to step back from any strikes that could disrupt the travel of 114,000 exam students this summer.

The potential walk-off by bus staff was raised in the Dail yesterday by Timmy Dooley, who said a strike around the time of the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams "could have a very negative effect on students".

"The minister needs to take a direct role in the dispute," he claimed.

"There needs to be more engagement between management and staff and only through enhanced negotiations can a compromise be reached."

11 traders die in border attack

ELEVEN Sudanese traders were killed earlier this week by unknown gunmen as they crossed into South Sudanese territory.

South Sudan military spokesman Col Philip Aguer said yesterday that "gangsters" ambushed three trucks at a trading centre near the border town of Renk. The bodies were later discovered by another group of travelling traders.

The incident happened nearly two weeks after South Sudan and Sudan agreed to open 10 crossing points along their border to boost the movement of goods and people.

Husband bit attack dog

A US woman whose nose was severely injured by a dog says her husband bit the animal to make it stop. Caren and Laine Henry said a 50lb Labrador cross ran out of a yard in rural Madrid, Iowa and attacked them while they were walking their pet beagle. Caren Henry says the dog bit her abdomen and right thigh, scratched at her eyes, then clamped on to her nose, tearing it off. Her husband "finally had to bite the dog's nose, and it let loose".

Mass killing in Syrian village

THE bodies of the Syrian boys and young men in jeans and casual shirts were strewn along a blood-stained pavement, dying apparently where they fell. In the Syrian civil war's latest alleged mass killing, activists said that regime troops and gunmen from nearby Alawite areas beat, stabbed and shot at least 50 people in the Sunni Muslim village of Bayda.