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Doubt cast on German train attacker's nationality

Berlin - German authorities cast doubt Wednesday on whether a teenager who went on an axe rampage on a Bavarian train was really an Afghan refugee, saying he might have been from Pakistan.

German train axe attacker 'left IS video'

Berlin - The Islamic State group Tuesday released a video purportedly featuring a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train, injuring five people, two critically.

'IS' axe attack awakens fears in idyllic German town

Deutschland - Wuerzburg, a sleepy German university town nestled amid vine-covered hills, has become the unlikely focus of global media attention following a brutal axe attack.

German train axe attack: what we know

Deutschland - A 17-year-old Afghan refugee wielding an axe and a knife went on a rampage on a German train, seriously injuring four members of a tourist family from Hong Kong and a passer-by.

IS group claims first Germany attack with train axe assault

Berlin - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for its first attack in Germany, an axe and knife assault on a train carried out by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee.

German police kill Afghan teen after train axe attack

Berlin - German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.

Station manager admits blame for deadly Italy crash

Andria - An Italian train station manager admitted partial responsibility for a head-on collision that killed 23 people as investigators on Thursday probed the fatal delay in upgrading rail safety.

Italy probes train crash as dead mourned

Andria - A deadly train collision in Italy could have been caused by a "risky" signalling system in place on the line, Italy's minister of transport said Wednesday, as sobbing relatives identified victims of the crash which claimed at least 23 lives.

Recent train disasters in Europe

Paris - At least 22 people died Tuesday in a head-on collision between two trains in the southern Italian region of Puglia in the latest rail tragedy to hit Europe.

Italy train crash death toll rises to at least 20

Andria - At least 20 people were killed Tuesday in a head-on collision between two trains in Italy, the local health authority said, raising an earlier death toll and warning 18 others were in a critical condition.

Belgium detains six over foiled 2015 train attack: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian police on Monday briefly detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last year on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, prosecutors said.

Belgium probes deadly train crash, at least three killed

Saint-georges - Investigators worked through the wreckage of a high speed train crash in eastern Belgium on Monday that killed at least three people and injured nine others.

California book club settles race bias lawsuit against wine train

San Francisco - A group of mostly African American women kicked off a tourist train in the Napa Valley for being too loud have settled a race-discrimination lawsuit against the private railroad.

Tracking elephants as new railway cuts Kenya

Voi - Dangling from a helicopter with a high powered rifle, a Kenyan vet fires drugged darts at elephants to sedate them so they can be fitted with satellite collars.Ten minutes after the elephant is darted, the lumbering creature stumbles, and falls asleep....

Two dead, dozens hurt as train derails near Philadelphia

Washington - A train derailed when it smashed into construction equipment on the line south of Philadelphia on Sunday, killing two people and injuring dozens, as shaken passengers described how a fire erupted in the chaotic aftermath.

Commuter train derailment in S.F. Bay Area leaves 14 injured

Sunol - Train service from San Jose to Stockton had to be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday following a derailment that frightened dozens of Silicon Valley commuters but caused no fatalities.

Legendary 'Flying Scotsman' steam train returns in UK

York - The Flying Scotsman, a 93-year-old steam locomotive and jewel of British industrial heritage, set off from London on Thursday on its first official journey since a painstaking restoration.

Eight family members die as train hits van in southern Pakistan

Karachi - A train crashed into a van at a crossing in southern Pakistan, killing eight people and injuring four from the same family, an official said Monday.

Most security cameras on BART trains are fake, agency admits

Oakland - Most of the hundreds of security cameras on BART commuter trains around the Bay Area are not working, the agency admitted Wednesday as it began investigating the second onboard shooting in its 45-year history.

Acid leak likely from derailed Australian freight train

Sydney - Tens of thousands of litres of sulphuric acid may have leaked from a freight train that derailed in Australia’s outback, police said Tuesday.

Freight train carrying sulphuric acid derails in Australia

Sydney - A freight train carrying 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid has derailed in Australia, with a two-kilometre exclusion zone around the remote accident site in Queensland in place Monday.

French men jailed for threatening train terror attack to steal phones

Perpignan - Three men in France were sentenced to up to 30 months in prison on Wednesday for trying to steal the mobile phones of train passengers by threatening a terror attack over its intercom.

Bus and train crash in Indonesia kills 16

Jakarta - A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said.

Deadly France train accident caused by late braking: SNCF

Paris - A high-speed TGV train accident in eastern France at the weekend that left 11 people dead was the result of "late braking", rail company SNCF said on Thursday.

Four children escaped serious harm in fatal French TGV test: probe

Strasbourg - Four children escaped serious injury when a high-speed train derailed during a test run at the weekend in northeastern France, killing 11, prosecutors said Monday.

Children were aboard doomed TGV test ride, French rail says

Strasbourg - Children were aboard a high-speed train that derailed during a test run in northeast France, an unprecedented accident that claimed 11 lives, the French rail company said Sunday."A few children... were among the injured," an SNCF spokesman said.

France's deadliest train disasters in the past 30 years

Paris - France suffered its first fatal TGV accident in three decades, when at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured as one of the high-speed trains derailed during a test run.Here is a list of France's worst railway disasters in the past 30 years.

10 dead as French high-speed train derails during test run

Strasbourg - At least 10 people were killed and five more were missing after a French high-speed train derailed during a test run, local officials said, the first fatal accident since the TGV trains were introduced more than 30 years ago.

Op-Ed: Slow news day? Press goes bonkers over Christie cell phone use

Washington - Slow news day? That would seem to be the most-charitable explanation for yesterday's media obsession with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie being asked to leave a "quiet car" on an Amtrak train for speaking loudly on his cell phone.

France to push through tighter security checks on public transport

Paris - The French government on Monday announced a series of measures to beef up security on public transport following a thwarted attack on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.
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