migrants Saved at sea, finally allowed to land
After weeks of waiting, four ships carrying rescued migrants were finally allowed to land in Italy and France. The ships carried over 500 migrants rescued at sea in Italian waters. Some of those rescued were sick or injured.
In recent years many people in Africa and the Middle East have left their countries and tried to come to Europe. Many are refugeesEscape from dangerous situations.
Most migrants arrive by ship from North Africa bound for southern European countries. The boats used are usually overcrowded and in poor condition. Every year thousands of people die on the journey.
Italy has been new for weeks rightmost Government, led by Giorgia Meloni, refused to allow the ships to land. Ms Meloni said she was elected to “defend Italy’s borders”. Italy did not respond to many of the ships’ requests, although several people on board required medical attention. Finally, on Tuesday, Italy allowed some ships to land.
France agreed to land the fourth boat. But the French government says it is very angry with Italy, as Italy has a legal obligation to help people who get into trouble in its waters. In response to Italy’s actions, France has suspended an agreement to take in 3,500 refugees from Italy.
France requires solar panels on large car parks
Last Friday, the French Senate approved a law requiring this solar Signs in all major car parks in the country. From July 2023, owners of parking lots with 400 spaces or more have three years to cover at least half of the parking lot with solar panels. Parking lots with 80 to 400 spaces are given five years to install panels.
The new law is part of a major push in France for increases renewable energy Sources. The government says the new plan could deliver up to 11 gigawatts of electricity per year. That is enough to supply more than 10 million French households with electricity.
Energy prices are skyrocketing and Europe faces a challenging winter. France has already taken steps to encourage people to use as little energy as possible.
Swiss train over a mile long sets record
Trains have been running in Switzerland for 175 years. A festival was held at the end of October to celebrate this fact. As part of the celebrations, the Rhaetian Railway decided to set the record for the longest passenger train in the world.
The 100-car electric train that the railroad operated was 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) long. The train followed the famous Albula line, known for its curves, tunnels and bridges as it rolls through the Swiss mountains.
The train took seven engineers and 21 other specially trained workers to operate. All sections of the train had to be driven at exactly the same speed. Deutsche Bahn has set up a special telephone system so that the engineers can also talk to each other deep in the tunnel.
The ride covered about 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) and took just over an hour. During this time, the record-breaking train passed 48 bridges and drove through 22 tunnels.