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Thursday 22 August 2019

Five killed as French high-speed train derails and crashes into canal

A high-speed train undergoing a trial on a new line from Paris to Strasbourg derailed yesterday near the German border, killing five people.

Pictures from the scene showed the locomotive partly submerged in a canal alongside the tracks, with other parts lying broken and detached in a field beside the track. Medical units and police divers attended the scene.

The section of the Paris-Strasbourg high-speed TGV line on which the crash happened is set to open in April 2016.

Lebanon arrests bombing terror cell

Lebanese authorities arrested five Syrians and a Palestinian suspected of being implicated in the twin suicide bombings in central Beirut on Thursday that killed 43 people, a senior security source said on Saturday.

The bombings in a busy residential and commercial area that is a stronghold for Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah were claimed by Isil.

Mass grave uncovered as Isil retreats

A mass grave believed to contain the remains of more than 70 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority was discovered east of Sinjar yesterday after Kurdish forces claimed victory over Isil militants in the area, the mayor and locals said.

The insurgents overran Sinjar in August 2014, killing, raping and enslaving hundreds of its Yazidis in what the UN has said may constitute attempted genocide.

Babies' bodies found in German flat

German police say the bodies of eight babies have been found in a flat in a town in the southern Bavaria state.

The bodies, wrapped in towels and put in plastic bags, were discovered on Thursday after a woman in the town of Wallenfels raised the alarm. Police have yet to interview the previous occupant of the residence, a 45-year-old woman.

Examinations are under way, but with the bodies in poor condition, the results are expected only next week.

Sunday Independent

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