Commuter train hits New Jersey station; no word on injuriesHOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) ? A commuter train has crashed into a rail station in New Jersey, causing serious damage.
Up to 600 wounded in Syria's east Aleppo, evacuations needed: U.N.Hundreds of wounded need evacuation from besieged eastern Aleppo, where medical supplies are running low and there are only rations for a quarter of the population, the United Nations deputy Syria envoy Ramzy Ezzeldine Ramzy said on Thursday. The dramatic situation in rebel-held eastern Aleppo and "extremely heavy aerial bombardment" had "overshadowed" the meeting of the group which links major and regional powers. "It is estimated that as many as 600 wounded cannot be provided with adequate treatment," Ramzy said, noting that the rebel-held sector of some 275,000 had just 35 doctors and scant medical supplies.
Aleppo onslaught drives moderate rebels closer to jihadistsBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo is pushing nationalist rebels to work more closely with jihadists, further complicating a Western policy built around supporting the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. In Aleppo, rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner are sharing operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the Syrian wing of al Qaeda until it broke off relations in July. Meanwhile, in nearby Hama province, FSA groups armed with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles are taking part in a major offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group that has diverted some of the army's firepower from Aleppo.
The Latest: Russian military slams US comments on Syria
Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism
Russia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies. Ryabkov was referring to a statement made by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby who said on Wednesday that Russia had an interest in stopping the violence in Syria because extremists could exploit the vacuum there and launch attacks "against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities." "We cannot interpret this as anything else apart from the current U.S. administration's de facto support for terrorism," Ryabkov was quoted as saying. "These thinly disguised invitations to use terrorism as a weapon against Russia show the political depths the current U.S. administration has stooped to in its approach to the Middle East and specifically to Syria." U.S. officials said on Wednesday that Obama administration officials had begun considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options, as rising tensions with Moscow diminish hopes for a diplomatic solution.
Train crashes through New Jersey's Hoboken station: reportsA train crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday and there were reports of injuries, multiple U.S. media reports said. Officials from the local police, fire department and New Jersey Transit could not immediately be reached for comment. Some photos showed a train carriage that appeared to have run right through the station concourse, causing devastation.
Zuma asks ministries to deal with South Africa university 'mayhem'
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has instructed his justice and crime prevention ministries to deal with the violence during student protests over tuition fees at universities, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. At least six universities' classes have been disrupted and some suspended as police and private security companies have tried to quell student dissatisfaction at a fee increase announced by government earlier this month. "President Jacob Zuma has instructed the justice crime prevention and security cluster to deal with the mayhem that is destroying our institutions of higher learning," Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a post-cabinet media briefing.
Palace boss Pardew distances himself from England job(Reuters) - Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has distanced himself from reports linking him with the England job after Sam Allardyce resigned on Tuesday but said managing the national side would be the "pinnacle" of his career. On Tuesday Allardyce, who was England manager for 67 days, quit after being secretly filmed by undercover Daily Telegraph reporters as he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers. England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce and Pardew have been linked to the role in the British media.
PepsiCo's drinks, snacks boost sales in North America
PepsiCo sold more of its beverages and Frito-Lay snacks in North America during the third quarter, helping it deliver a profit that beat Wall Street expectations. The maker of Gatorade sports drinks and ...
Identical girl triplets born in Poland are doing wellWARSAW, Poland (AP) ? A spokeswoman for a hospital in southwestern Poland says extremely rare identical girl triplets were born earlier this month through a cesarean section and are doing well.