29 Jul 2013

44 injured in Swiss train collision, railway spokesman says

“Two commuter trains collided head-on Monday evening in western Switzerland, injuring 44 people, including four seriously, Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN. Schaerli said he received the injury count from local police. The collision happened in the village of Granges-près-Marnand, about 8 kilometers south of Payerne, at about

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29 Jul 2013

Taiwan defence minister resigns amid conscription death row

Taiwan’s defence minister has resigned following the death of a young conscript in the military. Hung Chung-chiu died after suffering from heatstroke on 3 July. He had been forced to undergo vigorous exercises and solitary confinement. via BBC News – Taiwan defence minister resigns amid conscription death row##.

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29 Jul 2013

Wave of car bombings target Iraqi Shi’ites, killing 55

Seventeen car bombs exploded in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 55 people in predominantly Shi’ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents including al Qaeda stepped up attacks this year. via Wave of car bombings target Iraqi Shi’ites, killing 55 | Reuters.

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29 Jul 2013

Italian bus crash kills 38; second European transport disaster in five days

Thirty-eight people were killed and 10 injured when a bus plunged off a viaduct in southern Italy in one of the country’s worst road accidents. via Italian bus crash kills 38; second European transport disaster in five days | Reuters.

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29 Jul 2013

Bahrain struggles to get economy back on track

Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH) is a striking landmark built on seafront reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf – two elegant towers in the capital, Manama, that leap into the sky, green clad and shimmering in the heat. Bahrain Financial Harbour commands the Manama skyline. The Financial Harbour was supposed to kick-start

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29 Jul 2013

Robber steals $53 million worth of jewels in Cannes

An armed robber held up a jewelry exhibition in the French resort city of Cannes on Sunday, stealing jewels worth $53 million (40 million euros), a Nice police official told CNN on the condition of anonymity. via Robber steals $53 million worth of jewels in Cannes, police say – CNN.com.

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29 Jul 2013

Deadly thunderstorms to rage across much of US

Thunderstorms were set to hit much of the country Monday, bringing more rain after two people – including a girl – drowned in a swollen river in North Carolina.The National Weather Service warned late Sunday and early Monday that “hazardous weather” could hit from Florida to Maine and as far

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29 Jul 2013

Japan’s top diplomat heads for China, seeking better ties

Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki will visit China on Monday and Tuesday for talks with senior officials, the latest in a series of efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to improve relations soured by a bitter territorial row. via Japan’s top diplomat heads for China, seeking better ties |

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29 Jul 2013

Mexican vice admiral ambushed, killed in drug war hot spot

A Mexican vice admiral was killed on Sunday in an ambush on a rural road in the western state of Michoacan, where the president has sent military forces to regain control of areas dominated by waring drug gangs. via Mexican vice admiral ambushed, killed in drug war hot spot |

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27 Jul 2013

Predictive policing: Don’t even think about it

“PredPol is one of a range of tools using better data, more finely crunched, to predict crime. They seem to promise better law-enforcement. But they also bring worries about privacy, and of justice systems run by machines not people.” Source:Predictive policing: Don’t even think about it | The Economist

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