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Train hits New Jersey Hoboken station - casualties feared

A commuter train has crashed into a rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey. Casualties are feared but the extent of injuries and damage is unclear. Emergency crews have arrived at the scene. Photos on social media show extensive damage to the train carriage and station. The city of Hoboken is seven miles outside New York City.

Congress foils Obama veto for the first time.

Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials. In the first veto override of his presidency, the Senate voted 97 to 1 and the House of Representatives 348 to 77, meaning the bill becomes law. Obama told CNN the lawmakers had made "a mistake". The President argued the bill could expose US companies, troops and officials to potential lawsuits abroad.

A leading Indian news paper reports about cancellation of Islamabad SAARC summit

A senior diplomatic source in Nepal says that the SAARC summit of 2016 will be cancelled.The confirmation came hours after India’s decision to stay away from the summit. Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also followed India's decision.


After India, more countries pull out of SAARC summit

Apart from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have also pulled out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, saying the environment is not right for the successful holding of the meet. The decision was conveyed by Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan on Wednesday to the SAARC chair Nepal.

The communication by the Bangladesh said, the growing interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh by one country has created an environment which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the 19thSAARC Summit in Islamabad in November this year.
It further says Bangladesh, as the initiator of the SAARC process, remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that these can only go forward in a more congenial atmosphere. Therefore, the country said it is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad.

Bhutan said, while it is committed to the SAARC process and strengthening of regional cooperation, it is concerned over the “recent escalation of terrorism in the region, which has seriously compromised the environment for the successful holding of the SAARC Summit.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night also decided not to attend the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November.

Trump and Clinton clash in presidential election debate

The two US presidential candidates have clashed over jobs, terrorism and race in a bitter television debate. The attacks turned personal as Republican Donald Trump accused his rival Hillary Clinton of not having the right temperament to be president.


Historic Colombia peace deal signed

The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war.


Afghan forces 'kill Pakistan Taliban commander Azam Tariq'

A leading Pakistani Taliban commander has been killed by special forces in eastern Afghanistan, the militants say. Azam Tariq died in Paktika province, near Pakistan's border. His son and nine others were also reported killed.


Colombian President says peace with Farc will boost growth

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the peace deal with the Farc rebel group will boost economic growth and will enable the country to rebuild its social fabric. In an interview with the BBC he said, war is always more costly than peace. Santos and Farc leader Timo-chenko, are due to sign a historic peace deal later today. The Colombian President added that it will take a long time for the country to recover from more than five decades of conflict.

But Colombia's peace deal makes history in many ways, most of all for ending the last of the Cold War conflicts. There's no amnesty, unlike all previous peace accords in the region. Farc, as well as Colombia's security forces, have accepted special tribunals and a truth and reconciliation process.

UK Foreign Secretary says Russia 'may have committed war crime'

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested Russia may have committed a war crime in Syria if it was behind an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo. He told the media that it was right to ask whether Russian forces had deliberately targeted civilians. Eighteen lorries and a warehouse were destroyed and 20 people killed in last Monday's attack.

Tulsa shooting police officer charged.

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with manslaughter. Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher last week while he was standing next to his broken-down car.


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