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Violence at Protest Against Rail Tunnel in Italy

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Violence broke out Sunday during a protest in northern Italy against plans for a high-speed railroad tunnel to France. At least 200 people were injured, mostly police officers who fired tear gas at masked demonstrators who threw rocks and gasoline bombs. Five people were arrested. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano condemned the violence, which authorities blame […]

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China Moves to Ease High-Speed Train Concerns

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese government is seeking to ease public concerns about its showcase Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed train, after a former rail official accused Beijing of ignoring safety problems on the $32.5 billion rail line and exaggerating the train’s top speed. The official Xinhua news agency on Monday dismissed the claims of the former official. The report quotes […]

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China Tests High-Speed Train Line

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Developers of China’s high-speed train system conducted a test run of the showcase Beijing-to-Shanghai route Monday. A train set out from Beijing for the 1,318-kilometer trip carrying government officials, reporters and executives of the companies that are building the line. The new service takes five hours to make the trip, half as long as a […]

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UN: Arab Militiamen Attack Trainload of Southern Sudanese, One Dead

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations peacekeepers say Arab militiamen attacked a train carrying southern Sudanese home Sunday, killing one and wounding four. Sunday’s attack took place in Southern Kordofan — a major oil producing state which has seen a outbreak of fighting just weeks before South Sudan formally declares independence. UN officials blame the attack on Misseriya — […]

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2 Killed in US Train-Truck Collision

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities say two people have been killed and many others injured in a collision involving an Amtrak passenger train and a tractor-trailer in the western U.S. state of Nevada. Amtrak says the truck drove into the side of the train Friday on a rural highway near Reno, Nevada. The impact created a massive burst of […]

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