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INDIA: Train crash kills 49

A speeding express train crashed into a passenger train early Monday, killing at least 49 people, police said. The Uttarbanga Express slammed into the stationary Bananchal Express about 2 a.m. as it left the platform at Sainthia station, 125 miles north of Calcutta. The impact sent the roof of one car into the air and it landed on an overpass above the tracks. About 100 others were injured. Poor maintenance is often the cause of the frequent accidents on India's sprawling rail network.


MEXICO: 17 shot dead at party

Gunmen stormed a party in northern Mexico on Sunday and massacred 17 people, authorities said. The assailants arrived at the gathering in the city of Torreón in several cars and opened fire, the Coahuila state attorney general's office said. At least 18 people were wounded. Police found more than 120 bullet casings at the scene, most of them from .223-caliber weapons. Coahuila is among northern states that have seen a spike in drug-related violence that authorities attribute to a fight between the Gulf cartel and its former enforcers, the Zetas.


AFGHANISTAN: Bomb attack precedes talks

A suicide bomber blew himself up in downtown Kabul on Sunday, killing three Afghans and raising fears of further attacks as diplomats from dozens of nations are to arrive for an international conference on Tuesday. It will be attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries from about 60 countries. NATO officials said they had intercepted guidance from Taliban leader Mohammad Omar calling on his fighters to kill civilians who cooperate with NATO forces.


MIDDLE EAST: Pressure on Palestinian

Pressure intensified on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to direct talks with Israel as Egypt held separate meetings with the two sides Sunday in search of a compromise. President Hosni Mubarak met in Cairo with Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. envoy George Mitchell.

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