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4 children killed in crash between train, bike

4 children killed in crash between train, bike

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Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands. Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to the town's railway station. The crossing has warning lights, and red and white barriers to keep pedestrians off tracks when trains pass. Police said the electric bike belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school when the collision happened. Investigations were underway to establish the cause. The two critically injured victims were taken to a local hospital. Oss mayor Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans said local authorities "stand with the families, the school, the day care...
Australian police arrest boy for hiding needles in strawberries

Australian police arrest boy for hiding needles in strawberries

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Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Police in New South Wales, Australia, arrested a young boy who confessed to putting needles inside strawberries, something authorities described as a copycat of other incidents across the country. NSW Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith announced the boy's arrest Wednesday during a news conference. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank, including putting needles in strawberries, and he'll be dealt with under the youth cautioning system," he said. Police do not believe the boy, whose name and age were not reported, is the only one responsible for putting sewing needles inside pieces of fruit. The incidents have mostly involved strawberries, but there also were reports of tampering in apples and bananas. In one case, a man ...
North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, says the South's President Moon Jae-in.After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace on the peninsula.Mr Kim also said he hoped to "visit Seoul in the near future" - he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.Summit results: DenuclearisationThe main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled. Pyongyang has now sought to reconfirm its commitment...
Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

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Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...
Kim Jong Un hugs South Korean leader in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un hugs South Korean leader in Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has welcomed South Korea's president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for their historic summit. The two leaders smiled and hugged each other as they met at Sunan International Airport, joined by their wives, at the start of the three-day visit.They were greeted by thousands of cheering North Koreans waving flowers, North Korean flags and a blue-and-white map symbolising a unified peninsula.Mr Moon is only the third South Korean leader to visit North Korea's capital for a meeting between the two countries since the end of the Second World War. Image: Thousands of people turned out to cheer Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in Image: This is the third summit between the two leaders ...