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Major train derailment and fire near Wadena, Sask.

Train derails saskatchewan

A major train derailment has occurred near Wadena, Sask., prompting authorities to keep people well back from smouldering railcars and smoke that may be toxic..​

The CN Rail derailment happened at 10:40 a.m. CST Tuesday about 20 kilometres west of the town of 1,300, which is about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

There were no reported injuries. CN said two employees were on the train at the time of the derailment and both are safe.

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Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

Syrian town falling to ISISTurkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives.

The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition to fight against Islamic State.

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Hong Kong activists, government agree to talks

Hong Kong protestsHong Kong protest leaders have agreed to hold talks with the pro-Beijing government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their sit-in.

On Tuesday morning, only a hundred or so protesters remained in the
central business district, significantly down from the tens of thousands that massed over the weekend.

Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying insisted late last week that government offices reopen on Monday so some 3,000 civil servants could return to work or, he warned, the government would "take all necessary actions to restore social order."

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'Deadly fire' at Iran military explosives facility

Tehran explosionA fire and explosion at a military explosives facility near the Iranian capital Tehran has left at least two people dead, reports say.

The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (Isna) said the fire was in an "explosive materials production unit".

A pro-opposition website reported a huge blast near the Parchin military site, south-east of the capital, but this was not confirmed.

Parchin has been linked to Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

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Missing students' remains possibly found in mass grave in Mexico

Mexican policeA search for 43 missing students in Mexico may have reached a grisly conclusion as investigators examine the remains found in mass graves in a remote area of Guerrero state.

The missing students from Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa were preparing to become teachers when their bus was attacked by gunmen in Iguala on Sept. 26. Three students and three others were killed in the ambush.

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Typhoon heads to Tokyo after killing US airman

Typhoon hits Okinawa baseA powerful typhoon was heading toward Tokyo on Sunday after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa island and left two others missing, officials said.

Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday night, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour after hitting the southern regions of Okinawa and Kyushu, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

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Hong Kong protesters defiant as deadline approaches

Hong Kong protestsAhead of a Hong Kong government deadline to clear occupied streets, some pro-democracy protesters began moving Sunday evening to the central area of their multivenue civil disobedience campaign.

Other protesters refused to leave their sit-in camps, the South China Morning Post reported.

The city's embattled leader, Leung Chun-ying, has warned that police will "take all necessary actions" to clear occupied streets by Monday, to allow government workers to return to work and affected schools to reopen. The mass civil disobedience campaign, launched Sept. 28 after a week of student class boycotts, has paralyzed several key commercial districts.

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