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CHINA: 271 injured in subway crash

A Shanghai subway train crashed into a stopped train during a signal failure Tuesday, injuring more than 270 people in the latest trouble for the newly expanded transportation system in China's commercial center. Trains on Line 10 were being directed via phone by subway staff instead of electronic signals and thus were running at lower speeds, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said. The line, one of the city's newest, opened last year. At least 271 people were hurt, none seriously, said Xu Jiangguang of the city's health bureau. Some of the injured were carried away on stretchers and 30 were being kept overnight for observation. "This is the darkest day ever for the Shanghai subway," the company said in an apology posted on its blog. The signal system is a product of Casco Signal Ltd., a joint venture of China Railway Signal and Communication Corp. and Alstom, which reportedly supplies signal systems to a number of city subways in Chinese cities including in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzhen.

AFGHANISTAN: Bomb kills 16 on minibus

A minibus carrying civilians in the western province of Herat hit a roadside bomb Tuesday, killing 16 civilians, including children and women, provincial officials said. The dead included 11 children and four women. President Hamid Karzai called it an "inhuman and terrorist" act.

SAUDI ARABIA: 10 lashes for woman driver

Two days after Saudi King Abdullah's historic decision to allow women to participate in elections, two Saudi women were punished Tuesday for breaking the ban on female driving: One was sentenced to 10 lashes by a court in Jeddah and another was detained in Riyadh. The incidents highlight the continuing disparity between the rights of men and women in the kingdom. Women may be able to vote and run in the 2015 municipal elections, but they still can't drive, argue in court before a judge, travel, get an education or a job without male approval.

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