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World - Europe

Several dead, about 100 injured in German train collision BERLIN: Several people died after two trains collided in the southern German state of Bavaria on Tuesday, a police spokesman said, adding about 100 people were also injured. "Two trains crashed head on," said a police spokesman."There are about 100 injured, scores of people seriously injured and several dead," he said. The accident happened at 6.48 a.m. local time (0548 GMT) near Bad Aibling in the southeastern corner of Germany. Rescue teams were on site.Copyright Reuters, 2016


World - North America

Argentina charts tricky course to US debt deal BUENOS AIRES: Argentina has claimed a breakthrough in efforts to get US hedge funds off its back by paying $6.5 billion of debt, but faces tricky maneuvers to settle the dispute for good.The leaders of Latin America's third-biggest economy said Friday they had offered the sum to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors suing it in a US court.Two of six major holdout creditors have accepted the deal, which would impose a 25-percent ...

World - Global Business & Economy

Germany runs up highest trade surplus as exports top new record FRANKFURT: Germany clocked up its highest-ever trade surplus in 2015 as both exports and imports powered ahead to new records, official data showed on Tuesday. German exports jumped by 6.4 percent to 1.196 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) in the whole of 2015 and imports advanced by 4.2 percent to 948 billion euros, the federal statistics office calculated.That meant that the trade surplus -- the balance between exports and imports -- grew to 247.8 billion euros, ...

World - Europe

Several injured in train crash in Germany BERLIN: Two trains collided in southern Germany on Tuesday, leaving eight people seriously injured, police said."According to the latest information, there are eight people with serious injuries" and "several" with minor injuries, Stefan Sonntag, a police spokesman in the southern town of Rosenheim, told AFP."We are not aware of any deaths," he added.The eight serious casualties were airlifted to hospital by helicopter, while ambulances transported the rest, he said.The cause of the accident near Bad ...

World - Middle East

Israeli parliament takes first step to pass controversial NGO law JERUSALEM: The Israeli parliament voted early on Tuesday to pass a controversial bill in its first reading that would compel NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports.The proposal -- denounced by critics as likely to encourage a \ witch-hunt against leftist groups that campaign for the defence of Palestinian rights -- passed with 50 votes in favour and 43 against following a tense debate.Copyright AFP (Agence ...

World - North America

New Hampshire goes to the polls in crucial US vote MANCHESTER: New Hampshire heads to the polls Tuesday in the crucial first US presidential primary with Donald Trump pledging to bounce back and Hillary Clinton looking to narrow the gap on Bernie Sanders.The small northeastern state, home to just 1.3 million, is the battleground that could shake out a crowded Republican field of candidates, pitting Trump and arch-conservative Senator Ted Cruz against more establishment candidates led by Senator Marco Rubio.The high number of registered independents, ...

World - Africa

Zuma under pressure as South Africa faces 'testing' year CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma delivers a state of the nation address this week to a country facing its toughest year since Nelson Mandela took power more than two decades ago.Special security precautions are in place for Zuma's address to parliament, which last year degenerated into chaos when opposition lawmakers prevented him from speaking and were violently evicted.As the president speaks on Thursday -- if his most vocal opponents in the assembly allow ...