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35 dead, 200 hurt as two trains derailed in India

Two passenger trains were derailed in separate incidents in India on Sunday, leaving at least 35 people dead and about 200 injured in a day of carnage on the country’s railways. In the first accident in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a packed train travelling at full speed was…

Ten killed in three explosions in western Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq — At least three explosions near provincial government offices in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi killed 10 people and wounded 15 on Thursday evening, security officials said. Two other officials said a fourth explosion took place in the city, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad, as…

Eleventh body pulled from collapsed Mexico mine

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered an 11th body from a collapsed coal mine in northern Mexico late on Friday and kept searching for three more missing bodies. Rescuers are digging around the clock to remove rubble in the shallow mine shaft that collapsed Tuesday after a methane gas explosion outside…

Obama vows to restore Gulf Coast one year after spill

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to do “whatever is necessary” to restore the Gulf Coast on the anniversary of the BP rig explosion, which caused the worst maritime oil spill in US history. “The events that unfolded on April 20, 2010 and the oil spill that…

Suspect sought over LA synagogue blast

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A homemade bomb caused an explosion which slightly damaged a Californian synagogue, police said on Friday, naming an “extremely dangerous” homeless man wanted over the blast. Some 100 peope were evacuated after the explosion Thursday near the Chabad House Jewish temple in Santa Monica, west of…

Suspected suicide bomber strikes busy Moscow airport

Moscow’s busiest airport was devastated by an explosion Monday afternoon, caused by a suspected suicide bomber, according to Russian state media. The attack hit Moscow’s Domodedvo airport, the Russian capital’s busiest of three. State news agencies reported 35 fatalities and an additional 150 people were injured by an explosion near…

BP rig’s defenses totally collapsed: NYT probe

WASHINGTON – The April 20 explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that caused the largest environmental disaster in US history occurred because every single defense on the rig named Deepwater Horizon failed, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper, which undertook its own investigation of…

Blast near Afghan military base, casualties: source

KABUL (Reuters) – An explosion outside a military base used by foreign forces in southeastern Afghanistan killed “some people” and wounded at least four Afghan soldiers on Sunday afternoon, an Afghan military source said. It was not clear how many people died in the incident in Gardez, capital of Paktia…

Residential explosion leads authorities to massive cache of homemade explosive compounds

Prosecutor says man’s Escondido home was a ‘bomb factory.’ Gardener hospitalized after stepping in powdery substance that triggered explosion. In a little noticed report over the weekend, a gardener was in serious condition after triggering an explosion when he stepped in a powdery substance on the grounds. On Saturday, over…

BP, Halliburton knew Gulf oil rig cement was faulty: commission

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill says BP and its cement contractor, Halliburton knew the cement mixture used in the construction of the well could allow oil leaks. According to a letter from Fred Bartlit, Jr., the commission’s lead investigator, Halliburton carried out four tests of the…

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