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Two freight trains collide in Pakistan

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At least two people were wounded after two freight trains collided with each other near Kotri in southern Pakistan today.

A freight train was on the track near the Kotri railway station when a Hyderabad-bound freight train coming from Karachi, loaded with oil drums, hit it and a fire broke out. Twenty eight goods wagons of the freight train carrying 1,372,000 litres of oil were derailed, and oil was spilled.

Rail traffic in both directions has been suspended on the track following this incident. Firebrigade and ambulance immediately reached the spot while Pakistan Railway’s emergency relief train has left Karachi towards the spot.



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One of Great Britain\’s \”most wanted\” criminals arrested in the Netherlands

One of Great Britain’s “most wanted” criminals arrested in the Netherlands

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One of the criminals listed as “most wanted” by the United Kingdom’s Scotland Yard, has been arrested in the Netherlands after escaping six years ago.

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Noel Cunningham, 47, was being taken to Inner London Crown Court in June 2003 and was going to be tried in there for a planned £1,250,000 robbery of a security van in Brixton, South London, England. However, just outside the court, two armed men ambushed the Securior police vehicle and shot the prison van driver in the leg before pistol-whipping a guard. Cunningham and two accomplices managed to break out of the police van and escape. Noel subsequently became one of 40 of Scotland Yard’s most wanted criminals in the United Kingdom. He was facing charges of conspiracy to armed robbery, possession of a firearm and escaping lawful custody.

He was finally arrested in the Amstelveen area of Amsterdam in the Netherlands at 2000 hours on Tuesday and held by police forces there. He had been living under an assumed name. His arrest makes him the twenty-third criminal arrested out of the full forty. He is expected to return to the United Kingdom within the next few days.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman has said: “Noel Francis Cunningham, 47, was arrested by Dutch police at about 8pm last night. Mr Cunningham was unlawfully at large and a European Arrest Warrant had been circulated for his arrest after he escaped from a prison van on June 10, 2003. The van had left HMP Brixton to travel to the Inner London Crown Court, Avonmouth Street, SE1.

“Extensive work to trace him by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) led to the false identity he was using being uncovered and his arrest last night in the Amstelveen suburb of Amsterdam. He will be appearing in custody in Holland on September 11 where extradition proceedings will be instigated following his first appearance.”



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Hurricane Fred churns the Atlantic

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Hurricane Fred churns the Atlantic

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Hurricane Fred, currently a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, is spinning harmlessly in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center first designated the storm Tropical Depression Seven on Monday, September 7. Fred reached Category 3 major hurricane status for a time, but has since weakened slightly.

The storm, situated about 645 miles (1040 km) west of the Cape Verde islands, is likely to dissipate before threatening any land areas, forecasters say. Fred currently has winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km/h) and is moving towards the northwest.

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Fred is the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded so far south and east in the Atlantic since the advent of satellite imagery, and only the third major hurricane on record east of 35°W.

September 10 is the climatological peak of hurricane season, and so far, predictions that expected average to below-average activity have held true. Forecasters attribute the relatively low number of storms in the Atlantic to El Niño. However, “Hurricanes can and do strike during El Niño, and we are now in the peak of the hurricane season”, said Gerry Bell, a hurricane specialist.



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Government forces kill 17 rebels in northern Yemen

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Government forces kill 17 rebels in northern Yemen

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The government of Yemen has said that it killed at least seventeen suspected members of a rebel group in the northern part of the country on Thursday.

The rebels, belonging to the Shi’ite Huthi group, were killed after violence overnight in Saada, a mountainous region in northern Yemen.

“The army and security forces have inflicted heavy losses upon the saboteurs and the rebels whether in terms of lives or equipment,” a local official said as quoted by the Saba news agency.

Skirmishes between Yemeni forces and the Houthi rebels, named after their former leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, began during the 2004 Sa’dah insurgency. Clashes between the two have escalated in recent weeks, as the fighters attempted to overthrow the government.



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One of Great Britain’s “most wanted” criminals arrested in the Netherlands

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One of the criminals listed as “most wanted” by the United Kingdom‘s Scotland Yard, has been arrested in the Netherlands after escaping six years ago.

A map of the Netherlands. The capital is highlighted by the black dot within the red dot.

Noel Cunningham, 47, was being taken to Inner London Crown Court in June 2003 and was going to be tried in there for a planned £1,250,000 robbery of a security van in Brixton, South London, England. However, just outside the court, two armed men ambushed the Securior police vehicle and shot the prison van driver in the leg before pistol-whipping a guard. Cunningham and two accomplices managed to break out of the police van and escape. Noel subsequently became one of 40 of Scotland Yard’s most wanted criminals in the United Kingdom. He was facing charges of conspiracy to armed robbery, possession of a firearm and escaping lawful custody.

He was finally arrested in the Amstelveen area of Amsterdam in the Netherlands at 2000 hours on Tuesday and held by police forces there. He had been living under an assumed name. His arrest makes him the twenty-third criminal arrested out of the full forty. He is expected to return to the United Kingdom within the next few days.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman has said: “Noel Francis Cunningham, 47, was arrested by Dutch police at about 8pm last night. Mr Cunningham was unlawfully at large and a European Arrest Warrant had been circulated for his arrest after he escaped from a prison van on June 10, 2003. The van had left HMP Brixton to travel to the Inner London Crown Court, Avonmouth Street, SE1.

“Extensive work to trace him by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) led to the false identity he was using being uncovered and his arrest last night in the Amstelveen suburb of Amsterdam. He will be appearing in custody in Holland on September 11 where extradition proceedings will be instigated following his first appearance.”



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Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei threatens dissenters at Friday Prayers

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Following the recent unrest in Iran, and the forced closing of Mehdi Karroubi’s office on September 8, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned the opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their supporters that they will be “confronted.”

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“The system will not take action against anyone as long as they perform within the framework of the system, do not resort to violence, do not disturb the calm in society and do not carry out unlawful actions such as spreading lies and rumors,” stated Khamenei during the Friday prayers.

The Supreme leader warned that anyone who confronts the system will face serious consequences. He also mentioned the possible arrest of Mousavi and Karroubi in the future if their ideas and ideology threaten the system.

Khamenei again supported Iran’s nuclear program and gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad his full support, and he said the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be intimidated by the Western powers, the United States and Britain. The U.S. and Britain are pushing Russia and their allies for more sanctions on Iran, and the option of a military action against Iran’s nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear program is believed not to conform to International Atomic Energy Agency rules and regulations, and to have enough enriched uranium to build an Atom Bomb which threatens the existence of Israel.

Iran’s June 12 Presidential election was decried by all opposition candidates as flawed due to vote fraud. Street protests began nearly immediately in major cities of Iran. While many western states expressed concern over alleged voting irregularities, the Guardian Council announced that a recount confirmed the earlier results re-electing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Government of Iran has been ordered by the Supreme Leader to continue crackdowns and arrest those involved in creating disturbance and confronting the system. Thousands of people were arrested in June following the mass protests in cities across Iran. More than five hundred are still missing and more will be put on trial in the weeks to come.


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American children’s show Reading Rainbow ends 26 year run

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Reading Rainbow, an American children’s television series is to stop showing on television. It ceased to be shown on Friday after a 26 year long run because of a funding shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the broadcast rights.

The PBS show has more than two-dozen Emmy awards, and its run is shorter only than Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Each episode of the show would focus on a theme in a specific book and then explore that theme through multiple stories. Each show would also provide recommendations for books that children should look for when they went to their library.

John Grant, from WNED Buffalo (Reading Rainbow’s home station) said “Reading Rainbow taught kids why to read,… the love of reading — [the show] encouraged kids to pick up a book and to read.”

Linda Simensky, vice president for children’s programming at PBS, said “We’ve been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take. Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach.” She went on to say that the running length of the show was “miraculous”.

It is believed by some, including John Grant, that both the funding crunch and a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming contributed to ending the series.



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