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African Union and UN support civilian-led Sudan transition

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The African Union and the United Nations say they are supporting a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan following last month’s overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.

AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told reporters after meeting Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres there is no question of sustaining the military council that assumed power after al-Bashir’s ouster, saying “it is not acceptable.”

But he said military members could be part of a civilian government.

Protesters have called for a swift transition to civilian rule, and the AU initially gave the military 15 days to hand over power but extended the deadline to 60 days. Mahamat said talks are underway.

The U.N.-AU communique welcomes and supports “AU-led efforts to facilitate a consensual and civilian-led transition, in close coordination with the U.N.”

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Private jet leaving Las Vegas crashes in Mexico, official says

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A jet flying from Las Vegas with more than a dozen people aboard crashed on in northern Mexico, authorities said on Monday.

The private executive jet was found in a remote area northwest of Monclova, a city in the state of Coahuila, Francisco Martinez Avalos, deputy secretary for Coahuila state civil defense, told Milenio Televisión.

Three crew members and 10 passengers were on the plane, according to local news outlet Reforma. Further information on a possible number of victims was not immediately clear.

The airplane left Nevada on Sunday afternoon, and was scheduled to arrive in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Sunday evening. The jet never arrived, prompting a search.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Israeli ambassador to UN says Iran sponsoring terrorism in Middle East

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday that Iran is sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East.

“When we hear the words coming from Tehran, threatening the U.S., threatening Israel, it shows that they’re panicking because the sanctions are working,” said Ambassador Danny Danon on “America’s Newsroom.”

“But we are committed,” Danon said. “We are committed to fighting terrorism, to fighting the proxies of Iran in our region.”

He condemned Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group, saying it is responsible for instability and violence in the area.

“Hamas is using the funds that they get from the international community to dig tunnels and to produce rockets against Israel,” Danon said, adding that the militant group is causing suffering to Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars and numerous smaller battles since the militant group seized Gaza from Western-backed Palestinian forces in 2007.

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In the latest fighting, which erupted over the weekend, Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, while the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on some 350 militant targets inside Gaza, including weapons storage, attack tunnels and rocket launching and production facilities.

Danon expressed gratitude for support from the Trump administration, but he assailed European officials.

“European countries called on us to show restraint,” he said. “What do they expect from us? If, God forbid, you would have hundreds of rockets flying into a European capital, what would have been their reaction?”

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Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Israeli military said Sunday it had responded to 450 rockets fired from Gaza with over 250 airstrikes against the besieged Palestinian enclave. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

The intense fighting over the past two days came to a halt early Monday and residents on both sides went back to their daily routines. Schools and roads had been closed, and Israelis had been urged to remain indoors and near bomb shelters as intense rocket fire pounded the area.

The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.

The escalation in recent days killed 25 on the Gaza side, both militants and civilians, while on the Israeli side four civilians were killed by incoming fire.

The Jihad militant group, which Israel accused of instigating the latest violence, confirmed that a “mutual and concurrent” truce had been brokered by Egypt. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Egyptian mediators, along with officials from Qatar and the U.N., helped reach the deal. He said Hamas could still use “different pressuring tools” to get Israel to ease a crippling blockade of Gaza.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Intense fighting subsides in Israel, Gaza after ceasefire takes hold

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ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — After a heavily violent weekend, Monday was the first day many did not hear sirens, see streams from rockets in the sky or the destruction from airstrikes.
    
The region near the Israel-Gaza Border is slowly getting back to normal after the most intense escalation since the 2014 war.
    
But the damages from the latest violent exchange is devastating on both sides.
    
During the two days of intense fighting between Israel and Gaza, Israel says nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza. Many of the most threatening ones were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
    
But some rockets slipped past the defense system, striking several neighborhoods and killing four people.

In Gaza, Israeli fighter jets pounded the heavily populated and impoverished strip with airstrikes.

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The explosions leveled several buildings, killing at least 27 Palestinians, including two infants and two pregnant women.
    
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire early Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already preparing for what could be next.

“It’s not the end of the battle, therefore, I ordered to be ready for the continuation and leave the artillery and armored forces around the Gaza Strip,” said Netanyahu.

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Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, released a statement matching Netanyahu’s rhetoric.

“Our message was delivered in this round and we are ready for the next confrontation,” the group said.

Islamic Jihad, a militant group active in Gaza, said Israel needs to stick to the commitments of the past.

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“The militant groups’ conditions emphasized that Israel stop all forms of aggression on our people and begin directly implementing the understandings,” said Musab al-Berim, Islamic Jihad spokesperson.

Observers believe that unless Gazans feel real changes in their quality of life, this cease fire, like others before, will not last.

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Aeroflot crew’s heroic actions praised, as flight attendant killed trying to save passengers from deadly inferno

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The flight crew on the Russian passenger jet that erupted into a fireball during an emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday is being hailed for heroic efforts to save passengers — including one flight attendant who perished while trying to get those onboard to safety.

Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich said Monday that emergency workers have recovered 41 bodies from the Aeroflot SSJ100 that was carrying 78 people, including five crew members, when it came down hard on the runway at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The jet, destined for Murmansk, had turned back after takeoff.

Among the dead included, was flight attendant Maxim Moiseev, according to Dietrich.

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Tatyana Kasatkina (left) and Maxim Moiseev (right) are being praised for their heroic efforts to save passengers from the burning aircraft. Moiseev reportedly stayed behind, and perished in the flames. (east2west)

Moiseev was in the rear of the plane as it landed and stayed inside as the aircraft became engulfed in flames, Russia’s TASS News Agency reported.

AT LEAST 40 DEAD AFTER AEROFLOT PLANE’S EMERGENCY LANDING, FIRE AT MOSCOW’S SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT

“He was trying to open the rear exit door to quickly evacuate the passengers from the tail that was ablaze,” an aviation source told TASS. “He didn’t succeed and started helping people to leave the plane.”

TASS reported that Moiseev stayed on board trying to get people off the aircraft, and died in the fire.

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The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Another flight attendant, Tatyana Kasatkina, told the Lenta news agency those on board had just seconds to escape the plane, and she grabbed passengers by their collars to hurl them down escape chutes.

“People starting getting out of their seats and making for the exit while the jet was still traveling at high speed,” she told Lenta. “They were phoning relatives, screaming that the plane was burning and falling.”

One survivor praised the plane’s attendants for helping save him and others.

“It was dark and there was gas, very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend,” Dmity Khlebnikov said, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Video on Russian TV showed the plane’s underside bursting into flames and spewing black smoke after making a hard landing Sunday night. Those who escaped leaped out of the plane down inflatable emergency slides and ran across the tarmac.

Most of those who died are believed to have been choked by the smoke, TASS reported.

Russia’s main investigative body said Monday that both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane. Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was also quoted by Russian news agencies as saying investigators are looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: insufficient pilot qualifications, equipment failure and weather.

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The pilot of the airliner, Denis Evdokimov, was quoted by Russian media as saying the plane was without radio communications because of a lightning strike. The plane had taken off for Murmansk in stormy weather but quickly turned back for an emergency landing, according to Sky News.

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Over 40 died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. ((Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

“We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity,” Kasatnika told state TV.

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This image taken from a video distributed by Russian Investigative Committee on Sunday, May 5, 2019, shows the Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines on fire, at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia. (The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation via AP)

The plane reportedly did not jettison any fuel before the landing, as is a common procedure. It was not clear why it did not take the time to do that.

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The SSJ100, also known as the Superjet, was heralded when it went into service in 2011 as part of a new phase for Russia’s civil aviation industry, but the jet has been troubled by concerns about defects in the horizontal stabilizers. Russia’s aviation authority in 2017 ordered the inspection of all Superjets in the country because of the problems.

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The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Inside the secret lives of transgender refugee sex workers in Pakistan

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It’s a dark underworld rarely brought to light in discussions of human rights and refugees. But there is a growing pool of refugees in Pakistan – who have fled oppression in neighboring Afghanistan and Bangladesh – who identify as transgender, and have nowhere to go but hide by day and take up sex work by night.

“My father was a brutal person, who often beat me if I was ever found wearing girly stuff,” recalled Afsus Afghani, 40. “I think he was just scared of the Taliban because he knew they would kill me if they found me.”

Afghani fled Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and has spent much of her life in Peshawar, Pakistan, where she identifies as female and has found little life beyond being a sex worker. There are said to be hundreds of Afghan transgender refugees in the Peshawar district alone, who are not only on the run from radical elements but fear deportation, meaning their lives will likely be further upended if they are forced back to Afghanistan.

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Given the forbidden nature of transgender as a cultural, religious and moral imperative in the region, there are no explicit statistics – but the numbers are said to be well into the tens of thousands and only growing as more flee to the underground enclaves of Pakistan.

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Afghani is hardly alone in her torment within the taboo community.

“My parents never bothered to assign me a birth name, but for as long as I remember people just called me Nani Begum,” the 28-year-old child of refugees from Bangladesh said. “But since I disclosed my different identity to my family, they locked me at home, and that was when I was very young. I wasn’t allowed to accompany my elder brothers for shopping or play for fear I would bring shame to them.”

In 2007, while still a teen, Begum ran away from home to live with four others in her minority inside the slums of Karachi, where they are taken care of by a “Guru Sumbal.” She concurred that there are next to no opportunities beyond being a sex worker.

“We have to account for our daily earnings to our guru, who then nourishes us with a night meal and provides us shelter in return,” a sorrowful Begum said. “Each day is humiliation – dolling myself up for a new client merely for two dollars or less. Sometimes I am taken to their place where there are multiple people.”

She also bemoaned that their home is often subject to police raids, and if they go out together in public they are sometimes arrested “unless a hefty bribe is paid or sex if offered in return because they (law enforcement) are well aware that there is no law yet to protect transgender refugees in the country.”

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Nani Begum and her fellow Bengali sex worker in Karachi, Pakistan

Indeed, human rights activists say that while the Muslim majority country has made significant strides in recent years to provide identity cards and passports to Pakistani nationals with a transgender category and to provide them with more work opportunities in the quest to reduce the stigma, such strides are seemingly not handed down to immigrants and refugees.

Most live in segregated slums and have for decades battled sweeping discrimination.

“There are hundreds of Bengali transgenders in Karachi who make very low wages as janitors during the day and sex workers by night,” Begum continued. “For us, sex is meant to earn a loaf of bread but for the rest of the radical society, it is forbidden. It is not unusual for any of us to be arrested.”

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While much of the community is shrouded in extreme secrecy, some are starting to come out of the shadows. Take Kami Sid, a 28-year-old Pakistani transgender model who runs a society for economic empowerment to help others in need, and who said even her hard humanitarian work has left her shunned by her “radical Islamic family.”

“It’s a daring time to be a trans model in this country because people have trolled and exploited me for my bold photoshoots. I am defying Islamic and cultural norms,” Sid insisted. “I am a torch-bearer for all those who have been marred by violence. I am hoping to encourage them that new avenues will be waiting.”

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Yet for those like Sid endeavoring to change the status quo, it’s not without harassment and threats.

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Raza Hider Tirmizi, a prominent 34-year-old activist at the Pakistan-based HumRaz Society

“I often receive anonymous calls threatening me to mend my ways, but my commitment can be the price of my life,” added Raza Hider Tirmizi, a prominent 34-year-old activist at the Pakistan-based HumRaz Society. “I have been witness to a transgender being kidnapped in broad daylight and used for heinous crimes like drug-smuggling or their organs are harvested and sold away. If they refuse to be an accomplice in a crime, they are castrated.”

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Students in Brazil protest school budget cuts

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Students from Brazil’s federal high schools are protesting sharp budget cuts carried out by President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.

Hundreds of the high schoolers were joined by university students and teachers at a Monday demonstration outside a military-run school where Bolsonaro was speaking. He pledged to create more such military schools.

The students outside blocked traffic and chanted: “Bolsonaro, take your hands off my school” while waving their textbooks in the air.

Many were from the 14 elite Pedro II schools that face a 36% budget cut this year. Administrators say that will have “devastating implications.”

There’s heavy competition to get into the schools, which were founded in the first half of the 19th century.

Bolsonaro’s government also says it’s slashing federal university funding.

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Brunei puts hold on Shariah law death sentences for adulterers, gay sex ban violators

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Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says he’s putting a hold on condemning to death people who violate new Shariah laws that call for capital punishment for those found guilty of gay sex and adultery.

The sultan made his announcement Sunday in a speech for Ramadan. It is widely seen as a move prompted by intense international criticism over the new laws, which say those found guilty of gay sex can be stoned to death or whipped. Adulterers risk death by stoning too, while thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. The new laws apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim.

After Brunei implemented the news laws early last month, celebrities, including Elton John and George Clooney, intensified the spotlight on them by boycotting hotels in the U.S. owned by the Dorchester Collection group, which a Brunei-owned investment agency runs.

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Several international banks, including J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, said they were banning employees from staying at the hotels as a protest against Brunei’s new laws.

The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 “draconian” while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei to halt the plans.

In a statement shortly after the implementation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the new laws “stipulate the death penalty for offenses such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammad, among others.”

Bachelet added: “It introduces public flogging as a punishment for abortion, and amputation for theft. It also criminalizes exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.”

Even before 2014, homosexuality was already punishable in Brunei by a jail term of up to 10 years. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said Sunday he was aware of the “many questions and misperceptions” over the penalties provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code, but stressed that there should be no fear.

Brunei has had a “de facto moratorium” on capital punishment for more than two decades and “this will also be applied to cases under the [Shariah laws] which provides a wider scope for remission,” he said.

“We are conscious of the fact that misperceptions may cause apprehension. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident,” the sultan said. Sultan Hassanal said Brunei will also ratify the U.N. Convention Against Torture to show its commitment to human rights.

“Both the common law and the Shariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals,” he added.

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In an immediate reaction, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday hailed the moratorium on the death penalty but also urged Brunei to revoke other harsh punishments such as the amputations and floggings. Brunei is a member of the Commonwealth.

Sultan Hassanal instituted the Shariah Penal Code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the oil-rich monarchy of around 430,000 people, two-thirds of whom are Muslim. There has been no vocal opposition to the new penalties in Brunei, where the sultan rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brunei puts hold on Shariah law death sentences for adulterers, gay sex ban violators

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Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says he’s putting a hold on condemning to death people who violate new Shariah laws that call for capital punishment for those found guilty of gay sex and adultery.

The sultan made his announcement Sunday in a speech for Ramadan. It is widely seen as a move prompted by intense international criticism over the new laws, which say those found guilty of gay sex can be stoned to death or whipped. Adulterers risk death by stoning too, while thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. The new laws apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim.

After Brunei implemented the news laws early last month, celebrities, including Elton John and George Clooney, intensified the spotlight on them by boycotting hotels in the U.S. owned by the Dorchester Collection group, which a Brunei-owned investment agency runs.

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Several international banks, including J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, said they were banning employees from staying at the hotels as a protest against Brunei’s new laws.

The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 “draconian” while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei to halt the plans.

In a statement shortly after the implementation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the new laws “stipulate the death penalty for offenses such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammad, among others.”

Bachelet added: “It introduces public flogging as a punishment for abortion, and amputation for theft. It also criminalizes exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.”

Even before 2014, homosexuality was already punishable in Brunei by a jail term of up to 10 years. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said Sunday he was aware of the “many questions and misperceptions” over the penalties provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code, but stressed that there should be no fear.

Brunei has had a “de facto moratorium” on capital punishment for more than two decades and “this will also be applied to cases under the [Shariah laws] which provides a wider scope for remission,” he said.

“We are conscious of the fact that misperceptions may cause apprehension. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident,” the sultan said. Sultan Hassanal said Brunei will also ratify the U.N. Convention Against Torture to show its commitment to human rights.

“Both the common law and the Shariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals,” he added.

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In an immediate reaction, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday hailed the moratorium on the death penalty but also urged Brunei to revoke other harsh punishments such as the amputations and floggings. Brunei is a member of the Commonwealth.

Sultan Hassanal instituted the Shariah Penal Code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the oil-rich monarchy of around 430,000 people, two-thirds of whom are Muslim. There has been no vocal opposition to the new penalties in Brunei, where the sultan rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Paris police station shuttered by ‘flea invasion’ that led to ‘intolerable’ working conditions

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Police officers in northeast Paris have finally yielded to an unforeseen “invasion” that’s forced them from their station.

The culprits? Fleas.

The Paris headquarters has been forced to close after an infestation of fleas made work conditions impossible, according to a police union.

The Alliance Police Union said on Twitter the station in the 19th arrondissement of the French capital had suffered a “flea invasion” that made conditions “intolerable” for days.

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The problem originally was discovered three weeks ago, but had gotten worse by Thursday, France Bleu Paris radio reported.

Union official Emmanuel Cravello told the radio station many officers had been bitten, with some bringing the unwanted creepy crawlers back home.

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Police union officials said that a “flea invasion” that made working conditions in a Paris police station “intolerable” for days. (iStock)

“Several colleagues consulted doctors after bites,” he said. “The problem is that some officials have brought this back home and after that it’s the kids who are bitten. This cannot go on.”

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Technically, the pests are re-invading. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the same station had to be evacuated in 2017 because of an infestation of lice and fleas.

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Pest control experts are expected to enter the building on Monday and Tuesday to begin extermination efforts. Union officials said they would raise the issue during a meeting with interior minister Christophe Castaner on Monday, Sky News reported.

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