Morning top 5: Schools shut; Calais camp cleared; and earthquakes hit central Italy

The top stories this Thursday morning

Up to 250,000 young people are not going to school today, because of a teachers' strike.

ASTI members in 500 secondary schools around the country are downing tools in a row over a series of issues, including equal pay.

There are at least six more strike days in the pipeline.

It is also unclear whether hundreds of schools will be able to re-open after next week's mid-term break, because of problems with supervision and substitution.


Authorities in Calais say they have finished clearing the so-called "Jungle" camp, but charities claim hundreds of teenagers have refused to leave and now have nowhere to sleep.

The three-day operation has seen shelters being demolished and thousands of people dispersed to other parts of France.

The Save the Children charity say some youngsters still are not registered with officials, and their future is unclear.


There is a warning that by the end of the decade global wildlife populations could have fallen by more than two thirds, when compared to 1970.

Conservationists at WWF have looked at the numbers of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

They have found a 58% fall in the four decades before 2012 - and expect an average 2% yearly decrease to continue.


Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy damaging some buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the streets.

It comes just two months after another powerful quake killed around 300 people in the region.

The latest ones struck within around 50 miles of Perguia, with the more powerful measuring 6.4 in magnitude.


Over 70% of companies are planning to award pay rises next year.

But IBEC's latest HR Update also reveals that increases will be modest - about 2% on average.

The employers group says the growth is due to record low inflation and a recovery in economic confidence.