Train crashes into bus, kills 14
KIEV, Ukraine - A freight train careened off the tracks and slammed into a passenger bus at a railroad crossing in southern Ukraine on Thursday, killing 14 people, including two children, emergency officials said.
The crash happened near the village of Novoselovka at a railroad crossing that did not have gates.
Preliminary information indicated that the train had violated safety rules, causing its engine to jump the track at the crossing point and slam into the bus.
Explosion rocks Beirut; prominent journalist killed
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A prominent Lebanese journalist known for his anti-Syrian writings was killed after a bomb placed in his car exploded Thursday, police said, a slaying in the midst of parliamentary elections, free for the first time of overt Syrian interference.
Anti-Syrian groups quickly blamed Damascus and its Lebanese allies, especially President Emile Lahoud, Syria's greatest supporter in Lebanon.
Israel releases hundreds of prisoners
TULKAREM, West Bank - Israel released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on Thursday, completing a pledge made under a cease-fire agreement, hours after Israel and the Palestinians announced their leaders would soon meet for the first time since February.
The prisoner release and the summit could help the sides move toward coordinating Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer.
Russia, China, India to work against terrorism
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - The Russian, Chinese and Indian foreign ministers agreed Thursday to intensify joint work against terrorism and underscored their common approach to international affairs - often seen as a bid to counterbalance what all three countries see as U.S. domination of world affairs.
Europe faces fallout after Dutch rejects EU
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - European leaders faced the possibility of having to scrap the proposed EU constitution Thursday after Dutch voters rejected it by a massive margin, voicing their concern over dwindling national identity in an expanding union and increasingly powerful bureaucrats.
The outcome in the Netherlands from the referendum Wednesday was likely to halt the European momentum, which had been welcomed by some as creating a new world power but disdained by others as smothering their cultures in a vast superstate.
- From wire reports