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Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM

TORONTO (AP) — The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.

TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn't do proper safety audits.


Accidental US Embassy shooting in Jordan wounds 2

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:58 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An accidental shooting at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan wounded two local guards Tuesday, authorities said.

Jordanian police spokesman Amer al-Sartawi said the shooting wounded one guard in the hand and the other in the leg. He described the shooting as an accident, but did not elaborate.

Edgar Vasquez, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said the incident happened as guards were moving between vehicles outside of the embassy.


Australia, Indonesia hope to heal rift with pact

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:29 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009, an official said Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that she will fly to Jakarta soon to sign the code of conduct that Indonesia insisted upon before diplomatic relations are normalized.


Man arrested over death of Afghan in container

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:27 AM

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland police said Tuesday they have arrested a man on suspicion of smuggling 35 Afghan immigrants into England in a container shipment, during which one man died.

The 34-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in the Northern Ireland town of Limavady. Police say he is being interrogated on suspicion of manslaughter and aiding the illegal entry of the Afghans into the United Kingdom.


Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:26 AM

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.

Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange — the second-most severe level. The alert is worrisome because of the chaos that followed the April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul, when more than 100,000 flights were cancelled because volcanic ash floating in the atmosphere is considered an aviation safety hazard.


Thousands of police drafted to protect NATO summit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:16 AM

LONDON (AP) — British police say some 9,500 officers from across the country have been drafted in to protect the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt said Tuesday that while most protests timed to coincide with the event are expected to be peaceful, a minority is expected to take "direct disruptive action" and challenge police.

He said a small number of protesters are believed to be planning a march to the Celtic Manor resort in southeast Wales, where the summit will be held.


Sri Lanka won't allow UN war crimes panel to visit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:13 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said Tuesday he will not allow a U.N. panel investigating allegations of war crimes to enter the country.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa told foreign journalists that he will not accept any investigation by the United Nations into allegations of abuses by his soldiers and the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the final period of the country's civil war in 2009.


Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:10 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam's No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.

Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik also said in his public statement that terrorism has no place in Islam, and that the danger of extremists lies in their use of Islamic slogans to justify their actions that divide people.


Denmark links new listeria death to tainted meat

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:32 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person.

Steen Ethelberg of the state health agency SSI said Thursday the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who have died since June. Two more deaths last year could also be linked to the same source.

Since September, at least 24 cases of listeriosis have been traced to a small meat producer in suburban Copenhagen that was ordered closed Aug. 11. All products were recalled.


Report: Famed Iranian poet Behbahani dies at 87

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:30 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Behbahani had been hospitalized and unconscious in Tehran since Aug. 6 and later died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.


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