Packed passenger train derails in Cameroon, wagons overturnedA packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon's capital Yaounde and the port city of Douala derailed on Friday, a passenger on the train and state rail company Camrail said. There was a lot of smoke," said a Reuters journalist travelling in a wagon near the front of the train. Camrail, which is operated by France's Bollore Railways, confirmed via its official Facebook page that an incident had occurred near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of Yaounde.
UN confirms South Africa withdrawal from war crimes courtUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations confirmed on Friday receipt of South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, which will take effect one year from Oct. 19, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The instrument of withdrawal document, seen by Reuters on Thursday, has been assessed by the United Nations as bona fide and is being processed, Dujarric said. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
US internet disrupted as key firm gets hit by cyberattackLONDON (AP) ? Reports of online disruption cropped up across the East Coast of the United States after a key internet firm was hit by a cyberattack Friday.
"Libyan Coast Guard" craft attacks migrant boat, at least 4 dead - Sea-Watch NGOThe crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group said on Friday. The Germany-based Sea-Watch group, which is one of several non-governmental organisations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as they were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat. "The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea-Watch said in a statement.
Canada walks out of trade talks with EU
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Canada walked out of talks meant to save a trade deal with the European Union on Friday, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that was holding off next week's official signature.
BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal
British American Tobacco has offered to buy out U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion takeover that would create the world's biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The cash-and-stock deal would mark the return of BAT to the lucrative and highly regulated U.S. market after a 12-year absence, making it the only tobacco giant with a leading presence in American and international markets. A Reynolds takeover by BAT, which already owns 42 percent of the U.S. group, has long been seen as part of an inevitable wave of global consolidation in a mature industry.
Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. saysANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. "I think there's agreement there in principle but now we're down to the practicalities of that ... and that?s what we?re working through," he told reporters as he ended his trip to Ankara. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul
By Michael Georgy QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
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Anti-terror police arrest man over London subway alertLONDON (AP) ? British police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday on suspicion of a terrorism offense over a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train.