Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Dozens are killed as high-speed train derails and crashes off bridge in China

A Chinese high-speed 'bullet' train derailed yesterday, with two of its carriages falling off a bridge. At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 seriously injured.

The train was travelling between the cities of Hangzhou and Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province.

Latvians vote to sack government

Latvians gave their lawmakers the boot this weekend in a referendum triggered by concerns over relationships between parliament and powerful oligarchs. A simple majority of voters was all that was needed to dissolve the 100-seat parliament -- but 94.8 per cent of voters told them to clear out. Elections are now set for September.

Turkey: Gaza blockade is 'inhuman'

Turkey will never forget the nine Turks killed when Israeli troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday. Mr Erdogan condemned the blockade of Gaza as "illegal and inhuman".

Man stabbed to death on the street

An investigation is under way after a man was stabbed to death on a London street. Officers were called at around 1.10am yesterday to reports of a seriously injured man in the south-east of the city. The man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at hospital.

China's most wanted is extradited

The fugitive at the centre of a 12-year extradition court battle in Canada was returned yesterday to China, where he is accused of running a e7bn smuggling ring. Lai Changxing, 52, is expected to face charges for bribery, smuggling and tax evasion.

Demonstration in Senegal despite ban

Senegal's opposition has gone ahead with a protest after changing the venue in order to skirt a government ban on demonstrations. Hundreds of people amassed just outside Dakar's Plateau district yesterday, with demonstrators calling for President Abdoulaye Wade's departure.

Militants disrupt Zimbabwe meeting

Rights groups in Zimbabwe say militants violently disrupted a hearing by a parliamentary panel receiving submissions on human rights for possible inclusion in the country's new constitution. Witnesses said a crowd of 200 militants besieged parliament in Harare yesterday.

Troubled Lohan hit with $1m lawsuit

Lindsay Lohan, 25, recently added financial woes to four years of legal problems when she was slapped with a $1m (e700,000) assault lawsuit. Lohan's career has been derailed by drug and alcohol problems and trips to jail.

South Sudan rebel shot by own men

An army official said a rebel leader had been shot and killed by his own men in an oil-rich area of South Sudan.

Gatluak Gai was shot after "an internal division" over an amnesty deal he signed last week. But a spokesman for another rebel leader blamed the southern army for the shootings.

Bullfighter returns to ring after goring

Bullfighter Jose Tomas returned to the bull ring yesterday in Spain's eastern city of Valencia after a year recovering from a goring in Mexico that almost killed him. A 11,000-strong capacity crowd packed into the ring.

Tomas, 35, is seen as the saviour of the traditional Spanish sport that is going through rough times.

Sunday Independent

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