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Hundreds injured in Johannesburg train collision

South Africa train collisionHundreds of people including children have been injured after two trains collided during peak hour in the South African city of Johannesburg, police have said.

Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for Johannesburg Emergency Services, said 326 people were rushed to nearby hospitals with minor to serious injuries on Friday. No fatalities were reported.


90 Dead, 17 Missing in Iraq Car Bombing

Ramado bpmbomgThe toll for a massive suicide car bomb attack carried out by the Islamic State group north of Baghdad rose to 90 dead and 17 missing today.

The top official in Khan Bani Saad, the predominantly Shiite town 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Baghdad where the attack occurred on Friday, put the number of wounded at 120.

"The toll so far is 90 martyrs and 120 wounded, and we have between 17 and 20 missing," Abbas Hadi Saleh told AFP at the scene.


Dozens killed in Nigeria bombings as end of Ramadan observed

Nigeria bombingsAt least 60 people have been killed in separate bomb blasts across northeastern Nigeria in the past 24 hours as local Muslims gathered to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

Friday, two bombs detonated in open-air prayer areas, known as Eid grounds, where worshippers were gathered in observance of the final day of the holy month. Nigerian army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said the two suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl. Because of the threat of violence, worshipers were being screened before entering the Eid grounds.


Israel closes TV station on Palestinian identity

Israel closes Palestinian stationRamallah, occupied West Bank - Israel has ordered a six-month closure of Palestine 48, a new Palestinian television channel funded by the Palestinian Authority and catering to Palestinian citizens of Israel.

"I will not allow for Israel's sovereignty to be harmed or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold in Israeli territory," said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who on Thursday signed an order claiming that the channel did not have the authorisation to operate in Israel.


Former Auschwitz guard, 94, convicted as accessory to murder

Auschwitz guard sentencedOskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling "moral guilt" for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesday, a court ruled that he was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced him to four years in prison.

The 94-year-old, who testified that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin, listened expressionlessly to the verdict after a 2 1/2-month trial that could set a legal landmark.


NSA document: Israeli special forces assassinated top Syrian military official

Israelis killed Assad advisorEvidence has emerged from leaked US signals intelligence intercepts that Israeli special forces were responsible for assassinating a senior Syrian military official who was a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad.

Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman was shot dead on a beach near the northern Syrian port of Tartus in August 2008. The Guardian reported at the time that the seaside murder was perpetrated by a sniper firing from a yacht moored offshore.


French minister says double plant blast was criminal act

petrocheical plant explosionFrance's interior minister says a double blast in two huge fuel tanks at a petrochemical plant in southern France is of criminal origin.

Bernard Cazeneuve told lawmakers on Wednesday that "the motive has not been established" to explain the explosions Tuesday at the plant near the Marseille Provence Airport.

The double blasts in two tanks 500 meters apart threw plumes of black smoke into the sky visible for miles. No one was injured.



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