Monday 18 December 2017

No survivors of crash

Associated Press

Everyone missing in the fiery crash of a runaway oil train in Quebec is presumed dead, police told grieving families, bringing the death toll to 50 in Canada's worst railway catastrophe in almost 150 years. Officials said that 20 bodies had been found in this burned-out town, and 30 people were missing.

"We informed them of the potential loss of their loved ones," said Quebec police inspector Michel Forget. "You have to understand that it's a very emotional moment."

GROUP CONTINUES FIGHT

The Muslim Brotherhood continued to reject Egypt's revolutionary transition yesterday and said it was determined to push for the reinstatement of president Mohamed Morsi.

The group has persistently attacked the political roadmap that was supported by a coalition of anti-Morsi forces. The interim president, Adli Mansour, has said he would welcome the involvement of Brotherhood members, but the group's leaders have so far refused. "We will continue our peaceful resistance to the bloody military coup against constitutional legitimacy," the Brotherhood said in a statement.

MENDES IN BOND RETURN

Film-maker Sam Mendes has been confirmed to return as the director of the next James Bond movie.

The Oscar winner will work on the follow-up to his film, 'Skyfall', for release in October 2015 after producers agreed to fit it around his theatre commitments. Daniel Craig is also officially on board to star as Bond for a fourth time in the as-yet unnamed film.

ZERO-INTEREST HYSTERIA

About 1,000 hopeful borrowers overran a branch of China's central bank as a rumour spread that it was handing out zero-interest loans, illustrating how Chinese financial know-how badly lags behind growth in banking products.

Police were called in to disperse the crowd, which had gathered for days outside the central bank in Beihai in the southern province of Guangxi, local media said.

CATS ON THE MENU

Thai police have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed were being sent to Vietnam where the animals are considered a delicacy.

Officers stopped a pick-up truck at a checkpoint and found six plastic cages full of cats. The Thai driver was arrested and faces charges including animal cruelty and illegal transportation of animals. The driver told police he received 2,000 baht (€49) to drive the cats to the Mekong River, near the Thai-Laotian border.

Irish Independent

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