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'I was the only one alive' says India train survivor PUKHRAYAN: The last thing Uttam Kumar remembers is a huge bang as his carriage was violently crushed. When he came to, he was trapped upside down in the wreckage of an Indian train that derailed on Sunday, killing more than 140 people.Fighting back tears, the 26-year-old business student recalled how he waited over three hours to be cut out of the mangled train carriage, which was crushed under another by the violence of the crash. When rescuers finally put him in an ambulance, there were only dead bodies for company."It was like being in a nightmare. It was happening, but I couldn't believe it was happening," he told AFP from his hospital bed in the northern city of Kanpur near the accident site."They cut the part of the carriage where I was stuck and pulled me out. Then I remember being moved to the ambulance, which was parked next to ...

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China's Xi calls on HK leader to maintain stability BEIJING/HONG KONG: Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to uphold national unity and maintain social and political stability, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.A meeting of the two political leaders on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the Peruvian capital Lima comes amid deepening concerns in Beijing over a fledgling independence movement in Hong Kong and recent street protests in the city.Xi said he hopes that ...

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India train accident deaths rise to 91: police LUCKNOW: At least 91 people were killed and scores injured after a passenger train derailed in northern India on Sunday, police said, revising an earlier toll of 63. "The death toll has unfortunately increased and it is 91 now," said Daljit Singh Chawdhary, additional police director general of Uttar Pradesh state. Rescue workers were searching to see if more passengers were still trapped inside the badly mangled coaches of the Patna-Indore express train, Singh said. ...

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At least 60 killed in India train derailment LUCKNOW: At least 60 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an express train derailed in north India on Sunday, police said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning, when most passengers were asleep."The death toll has increased and stands at 60 now," said Zaqi Ahmed, inspector general of police for Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state, revising an earlier, lower toll."Over 150 ...

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Deadly India train accident kills 63: police LUCKNOW: A passenger train derailed in northern India Sunday, killing at least 63 travellers most of whom were sleeping when the fatal accident occurred, police said.Rescue workers rushed to the scene near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state where the Patna-Indore express train derailed in the early hours of the morning."As we know a major accident has happened in which the entire train turned turtle. About 63 dead bodies have been taken out and some 150 ...

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Japan PM Abe seeks to build trust with Trump, stresses alliance vital WASHINGTON/TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he wants to build a relationship of trust when he meets U.S. President-elect Donald Trump this week, stressing that the two-way alliance is the core of Tokyo's diplomacy and security.Abe, set to meet Trump later on Thursday in New York, is expected to be the first foreign leader to do so since the U.S. billionaire real estate magnate's election on Nov. 8.The U.S.-Japan alliance "is ...

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India's foreign minister suffers kidney failure NEW DELHI: India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that she is being treated for kidney failure and undergoing tests for a possible transplant.Swaraj, one of India's best-known female politicians and a veteran leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tweeted that she was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital in New Delhi."I am in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis," the 64-year-old tweeted ...