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EGYPT: Derailment kills 19 recruits

Packed in a rickety train speeding through the night, the poorly fed, pale-looking conscripts were coming from some of Egypt's dirt-poor villages to serve in one of the most miserable, lowly jobs of the security forces -- as grunts in an anti-riot force usually deployed against protesters. At a station outside Cairo before dawn Tuesday, the train's last car jumped the track, slammed into a parked train, and was dragged for several kilometers. The car was torn to pieces and young recruits were sent flying along the tracks. Nineteen recruits, mostly in their early 20s, were killed and more than 100 were injured.


IRAN: UN nuke probers on the way

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Senior UN investigators trying for more than a year to restart a probe into Iran's alleged work on nuclear arms chose their words carefully Tuesday about hopes for success as they left for Tehran on a trip that sets the stage for separate talks between six world powers and the Islamic Republic. Iran's insistence it has never tried to develop nuclear arms was underlined by the Foreign Ministry in Tehran as the UN team of International Atomic Energy Agency experts prepared to board a flight in Vienna bound for the Iranian capital. Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said a religious decree issued by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government, suggesting the edict should be enough to end the debate over whether Tehran is pursuing atomic arms.


SOUTH AFRICA: Beware of expert's advice

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When do you not listen to the wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino. The newspaper Beeld reported Tuesday that Chantal Beyer, 24, from Johannesburg, was seriously gored after the game park owner snapped pictures and suggested she "stand just a little bit closer." The paper said that, just after the photo was snapped, the rhino attacked, and its horn penetrated Beyer's chest from behind, resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

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