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French high-speed train derailment due to 'excessive speed,' 10 dead

French high speed train derailmentAt least 10 people died and dozens were injured in the high-speed train derailment in Eckwersheim, France, that occurred during a test run on Saturday.

The Train à Grande Vitesse, France's high-speed train service, locomotive derailed, caught fire and partly plunged into a canal due to "excessive speed," according to officials. Eckwersheim is near the eastern French city of Strasbourg, bordering Germany.


Officials: Manhunt for suspected Paris attacker on the run

French manhunt for attackerA French man believed directly involved in Friday's attacks in Paris that killed 129 people in the worst violence in France in decades is on the run and the subject of a manhunt, French security officials said Sunday.

The man, one of three brothers believed involved in the killings in central Paris, rented a black Volkswagen Polo used by a group of hostage-takers that left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall, one official said.


American killed in Paris attacks identified as student Nohemi Gonzalez

Nohemi GonzalesCalifornia State University confirmed on Saturday that one of its students, 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez, was killed in terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening.

Gonzalez was the first American confirmed to have been killed in the coordinated attacks that killed 129 and injured more than 350.

A Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, later said Gonzalez had held joint Mexican-US citizenship. A second Mexican citizen was killed in the attacks, the country’s foreign ministry said, and a third with dual Austrian nationality had been operated on successfully after being wounded.


Israel demolishes homes of Palestinian killers

Israelis demolish Palestinian homesThe Israeli military on Saturday demolished the West Bank homes of four Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks against Israelis.

The military carried out the demolition orders after clearance from the supreme court. It said the three homes in Nablus belonged to attackers who killed an Israeli couple in front of their children in the West Bank on Oct. 1. It said the other home, near Ramallah, belonged to a man who killed an Israeli on his way home from a basketball game.

Israel has renewed a home demolition tactic that it says is a legal and effective tool to deter attacks. Critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment.


This is How AK-47s Get to Paris

How weapons get to ParisFrance outlaws most gun ownership and it’s almost impossible to legally acquire a high-powered rifle such as an AK-47, so where did the weapons in the Nov. 13 terror attack—not to mention the bloody January assault by Islamic terrorists on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine and the 2012 shootings by a militant in Toulouse—come from?

The answer: Eastern Europe, most likely, where the trafficking of deadly small arms is big, shady business. And where local authorities find it difficult to intervene.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris attacks, Americans among injured

ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attacksThe Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility Saturday for the coordinated attacks in the French capital, saying IS "soldiers" targeted the "capital of prostitution and obscenity" and warned it was "the first of the storm."

The remarks came in a statement published in Arabic, English and French on social media, according to the Jihadist watchdog organization SITE Intelligence Group. The statement was released on the same Telegram channel used to claim responsibility for the Russian jet crash over the Sinai peninsula two weeks ago, that left 224 people dead.


Japan earthquake with magnitude of 7.0 hits near Kyushu coast

Japan earthqakeA 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the waters off the southwestern coast of Japan, triggering a small tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Agency stated a 1-foot tsunami was observed on the southern island of Nakanoshima, part of Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu.  There were no reports of damage or injuries. Tsunami warnings that were issued for Kagoshima and Satsunan islands were lifted, the BBC reported.

The quake hit an area at a depth of about six miles, and the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred about 99 miles southwest of the town of Makurazaki.


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