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INDIA

Derailed train kills two

Nine coaches of a train derailed in southern India before dawn yesterday, killing at least two people and leaving several injured, officials said. Police and rescuers helped pull out scores of passengers from the coaches that fell on their side near Gulbarga in Karnataka state after the train derailed at about 2:15am, Indian Railways spokesman Anil Saksena said. The injured were taken to hospitals in Gulbarga, about 600km north of India’s technology hub of Bangalore. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known. Railway accidents are common in India and have mostly been blamed on human error and old equipment. Last month, two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 24 people.

EGYPT

Bomb kills woman and child

An Egyptian woman and child were killed in a car bomb, and four soldiers died in a separate explosion on Friday in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where the military is engaged in a sweeping campaign against militants, the army said. The army said the woman and child were killed in a car bomb in Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The four soldiers were killed in a bomb attack during clashes with militants, also in northern Sinai, a spokesman said in a statement, without giving further details. On Monday, the military launched a vast offensive against militants affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group, which has seized control of swathes of Iraq and Syria. The army said 232 militants had been killed in the operation. It was not possible independently to verify the claim. The army is struggling to contain an militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since 2013, when the army ousted former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

JAPAN

Earthquake wakes Tokyo

A moderate earthquake hit Tokyo early yesterday, waking residents and shaking buildings in the Japanese capital, but there was no immediate report of any damage. At least 11 people were injured in the capital in connection with the jolt, “but no one was seriously injured,” a Tokyo fire department official said. The magnitude 5.4 quake, with its epicenter in Tokyo Bay, struck at 5:49am, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning had been issued and that the quake was 70km deep. However, the agency warned sizable aftershocks could strike in Tokyo at least in a few days, while calling on residents to stay vigilant against possible landslides in the wake of heavy rain that hit the region earlier this week. Residents said the quake was not strong enough to knock things from shelves, while at least five people were temporarily trapped in elevators, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said. It also temporarily stopped Tokyo subways and trains, but service was quickly resumed. The tremor did not cause any damage to the region’s nuclear facilities, according to the government, and did not affect the areas that host the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which went through meltdowns after a magnitude 9 quake and tsunami disaster in 2011. It served as a reminder that a huge earthquake could strike the Japanese capital — which has a population of about 13 million people — at any time. Experts have long warned Japan to stay vigilant for the next “big one,” and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast in May. Residents and officials of Japan routinely hold emergency drills.

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