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Two Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

Seoul - A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade -- packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North’s dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

Speeding blamed for fatal train crash in Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwan's government said Monday speeding was the main cause of a train derailment that killed 18 people last month in the first official report on the incident.

UN grants sanctions exemption for Korea railway survey

Seoul - The UN Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption for the two Koreas to jointly conduct a survey on reconnecting railways across their border, a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said Saturday.

One dead, 49 hurt as landslide derails train in Spain

Barcelona - One person was killed on Tuesday and 49 others were injured, five seriously, when a train derailed near Barcelona due to a landslide caused by heavy rains, emergency services and Spain's rail operator said.

Driver in fatal Taiwan train crash suspected of speeding: court

Taipei - A train that derailed and killed 18 people in Taiwan was speeding when it flipped off the tracks, a court said Tuesday, with the driver suspected of "professional negligence" for switching off a speed control system.

Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18

Yilan - Taiwan's president pushed for a swift investigation Monday after an express train derailed on a coastal tourist route, killing 18 people as it sent sleeping passengers flying from their seats.

Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18

Yilan - Taiwan's president pushed for a swift investigation Monday after an express train derailed on a coastal tourist route, killing 18 people in the island's worst rail accident for 27 years.

18 dead after train flips in Taiwan

Yilan - At least 18 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan on Sunday, the island's worst rail accident for more than 25 years.

17 dead after train flips in Taiwan

Yilan - At least 17 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal route in Taiwan on Sunday.

Dutch ban electric carts after crash kills kids

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Monday banned a popular type of electric cart involved in a horrific crash that killed four children, saying they may suffer from problems with their brakes.

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fpo - A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fpo - A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China will launch Sunday, a multi-billion dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Bremerv - Germany on Monday rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Oil and gas sector drive Canada's economic growth spurt

Ottawa - Canada's Gross Domestic Product grew by half a percent in May, almost twice what economists were expecting, due in part to a strong rebound in the oil and gas sector.

EU probes Alstom, Siemens rail merger

Apo - The EU launched an in-depth investigation Friday into the merger of the rail activities at Alstom, the state-controlled maker of France's iconic TGV trains, and German industrial giant Siemens.

Macron hails 'new chapter' for French rail after signing reform

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron hailed a "new chapter" in the country's rail history on Wednesday after signing into law a reform that triggered the longest transport strike in decades.

Rifts emerge among French rail unions over pursuing strikes

Paris - France's second-largest rail union said Tuesday that it would not extend a long-running strike against an overhaul of state train operator SNCF, breaking ranks with other unions after lawmakers approved the reforms last week.

Defiant French union vows to extend rail strike into summer

Paris - The head of France's main rail union on Friday announced it would extend months of rolling strikes into July even though the reforms it is protesting have been adopted by parliament.

French MPs adopt signature Macron rail reform

Paris - French lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a controversial reform of indebted state rail operator SNCF, handing President Emmanuel Macron a key victory in his battle with trade unions.

French MPs adopt signature Macron rail reform

Paris - French lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a controversial reform of indebted state rail operator SNCF, handing President Emmanuel Macron a key victory in his battle with trade unions.

Paris suburban train overturns in landslide

Paris - A suburban train overturned outside Paris on Tuesday after days of downpours caused an embankment to collapse, slightly injuring seven people including a pregnant woman.

French govt seeks end to rail strike with 35 bn-euro debt pledge

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, union officials said Friday, raising the chances of an end to nearly two months of strikes.

French govt offers to absorb railway debt of 35 bn euros: union head

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, a top union official said Friday, as it seeks an end to nearly two months of strikes.

Striking French rail staff up pressure on government

Paris - French rail workers sought to up the ante in weeks of strikes Monday, slashing the number of trains running as the government insists it will not back down in the standoff.

Striking French rail unions to hold vote over reform plans

Montreuil - Unions at French rail operator SNCF will hold a companywide vote next week on the government's contested overhaul for the heavily indebted group, aimed at proving that support for a long-running strike remains strong despite signs it is tapering off.

Five reasons French rail battle is swinging in Macron's favour

Paris - A month ago, President Emmanuel Macron was facing his biggest showdown with France's trade unions. It was to be his "Thatcher moment," some observers predicted, recalling a make-or-break time for Britain's prime minister in the 1980s.

1 million euros raised for striking French rail workers

Paris - A fund set up to compensate striking French rail workers for their wage losses passed the 1-million-euro ($1.2-million) mark on Friday, a month after they began disrupting train services over the government's planned overhaul of the railways.

France's Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

Macron faces spreading student protests, rail strikes

- President Emmanuel Macron faced booing from hostile railway workers Wednesday while touring a town in eastern France, as spreading student protests and a fourth round of crippling train strikes in a month piled on the pressure.

Macron faces fresh railway strikes, demonstrations

Paris - The French railways warned Tuesday of mass cancellations due to a fresh round of rail strikes that will coincide with union-led demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron this week.
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