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Over half of UK schools closed by pension strike

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Classrooms were silent Wednesday as teachers and head teachers were out on the streets in protest of pension reforms to the public sector.

John Kaline, head teacher of South Cave Primary in East Yorkshire, told BBC News about his participation in the strikes., "I have mixed emotions. I'm sad about having to take this action in 35 years, and angry that I believe we have not had genuine consultation until this point."

Teachers were out in force today, gathering in public squares and in front of government buildings holding signs and shouting with solidarity. They say they will have to work longer and pay more for a smaller eventual pension under the new reforms.

Small business owner, Phil Jones, disagrees with the strikes saying, "I think the public sector has had pretty good pension arrangements for quite some time, and if you compare it to the private sector there is a major disparity."

With many teachers and head teachers out on strike, of the UK's 27,152 schools 18,342 were closed, forcing parents to stay home to care for their children who are normally in school.

Jacqui Painter had to take the day off work to care for her son Oliver, whose school was closed. "I'm okay about people going on strike," she told BBC News, "I can understand why and feel it's justified."

Not all parents are okay with taking the day off. Rhoda Munn, was forced to take the day off to care for her children, losing her day's wages.

Kids have enjoyed their day off from school, but with no apparent resolution to the standoff parents are wondering if this will happen again.

Instinct can be a pilot's worst enemy during disaster

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The plane nosedives and the cabin begins to shake so the pilot pulls back on the control stick, a motion completely guided by instinct.

The feeling in your stomach is very uncomfortable -- it's scary," Jean-Pierre Otelli, a veteran flight instructor, acrobatic pilot and author of a series of books on aviation safety, told the New York Times.

In July French accident investigators published a report in on the 2009 stall and crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic, and there has been much debate in the subsequent months about why the pilots failed to take appropriate action in the four minutes it took the plane to plummet from 38,000 feet before hitting the water.

The increasing prominence of human error as a factor in fatal crashes like Air France Flight 447 is a distressing phenomenon and according to Bloomberg, the French Pilots Union are calling for a more independent inquiry into the crash that killed all 228 people aboard.

During an investigation France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis found that the two co-pilots in the crash had not been trained to fly in manual mode at high altitude or to recognize the approach to, and recovery from, a high-altitude stall, the New York Times reported.

The plane crashed after ice-blocked speed sensors shut down the autopilot and the crew incorrectly reacted by pulling the jet into a steep climb until it slowed to an aerodynamic stall, the BEA said in May.

According to the New York Times, critics said they welcomed the regulators' recognition of the problem, but feel they should have amended training regulations more swiftly.

Earthquake in Turkey kills three

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An earthquake in eastern Turkey Wednesday night killed at least three people and left dozens more trapped under the rubble of buildings.

About 20 buildings collapsed after the 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck 9 miles south of the city Van, the Guardian reported. According to USA Today, most of the buildings were empty or had been declared unfit from the previous 7.2 magnitude quake on Oct. 23 that left thousands homeless.

At least three bodies have been recovered so far and more then 100 people are believed to be trapped under the rubble. According to Anatolian news agency, rescuers have pulled 11 people alive from the rubble, the Guardian reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told USA Today that the quake toppled a school, a hotel, and a number of mudbrick homes. Rescue teams are on their way from Ankara, the capital.

This earthquake comes just three weeks after stronger earthquake killed 600 people and left many homeless. Many have been living in tents and workers have been clearing the debris of the previous earthquake for more than a week.

Farc leader Alfonso Cano died

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Alfonso Cano, who has died at 63, had been the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Colombia's larges left-wing rebel group, since 2008.

Born Guillermo Leon Saenz, to a middle class family in Bogota in 1948, he studied anthropology and law at National University in the capital, according to BBC News. It was there he was drawn to radical leftism and became an important student leader and joined the youth wing of the Colombia Communist Party (PCC).

BBC News reports that Cano is believed to have joined FARC sometime in the late 1970s. He quickly rose in rank throughout the organization with his political knowledge and quick rhetoric. According to the Guardian, the chief ideologue, Luis Alberto Morantes (known as Jacobo Arenas) took Cano under his wing and when Arenas died in 1990, Cano became the chief political negotiations.

He led the negotiation team at peace talks with Venezuela, 1991, and Mexico,1992, which both ended in failure. The Guardian reports that this may have lead Cano to conclude that talking was ineffective and Cano remained skeptical and kept a low profile.

By the time of his death over 200 warrants had been issued for his arrest. The charges included terrorism, murder and kidnapping. BBC News reports that the Colombian military had him cornered in his Tolima home; however, Cano was able to escape.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told BBC News that the government was breathing down Santos' neck. He was hunted and shot down by elite Colombian army troops on Friday, November 4th. Cano left behind a wife and son when he joined the insurgency.

Libya's transitional government wants to try Moammar Gadafi's son Saif al-Islam in a Libyan court even though he has an arrest warrant issued by the International Crimes Court, according to a spokesperson Sunday.

According to CNN, Libya's NTC would prefer to try Saif al-Islam Gadhafi in a Libyan court so that he could receive a fair trial.

The Security Council referred the situation in Libya to the ICC and international law requires states to cooperate with them by arresting and trying all suspects at The Hague reported The Guardian.

The court believes that Saif al-Islam and his brother- in-law, Abdulla al-Sanussi, are responsible for crimes against humanity including murder and persecution, CNN reports.

According to the Guardian, the investigation in Libya remains open by the ICC, and further ICC arrest warrants are still possible.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo told CNN that if Saif al-Islam is tried by the ICC that he be allowed to have a defense and there would be no deals for his surrender.

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