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INDIA: 15 dead in train explosion

An overnight passenger train was derailed by an explosion, then hit by another train early Friday as it traveled through a rebel stronghold of eastern India, a railway official said. At least 15 people had been killed and 150 injured. The railway official said 13 passenger cars on a train out of Calcutta were derailed by the explosion in a rural area about 90 miles south of the city. At least some of those coaches were then hit by a cargo train coming from the other direction. The passenger train was heading to the Indian city of Kurla.


JAMAICA: Death toll in fighting at 73

Security forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of people in a bullet-pocked slum Thursday, and said the death toll from four days of fighting in the search for a reputed drug lord had risen to 73. The target of the manhunt, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, was nowhere to be found. He is sought by the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges, and the U.S. Justice Department calls him one of the world's most dangerous drug kingpins. Deputy Police Chief Glenmore Hinds said Coke's offices were found in the heart of the Tivoli Gardens slum, but he would not say what authorities found there.


JAPAN: Agreement on Marine base

Washington and Tokyo agreed Friday to keep a contentious U.S. Marine base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, reaffirming the importance of their security alliance and the need to maintain American troops in the country. In a joint statement, the allies agreed to move the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, a less crowded part of the southern island. The decision represents a major broken campaign promise on the part of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who had promised to move the Marine base off the island.


VANUATU: 7.2 quake shakes town

Residents of a northern town in this South Pacific nation ran into the streets Friday as a powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook the area, police said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

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