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World news briefs — compiled Nov. 17

EGYPT

Train slams into vehicles

A cargo train traveling south of Cairo slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks early today, killing at least 24 people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party, state TV said. A medical emergency official, said 28 people were injured.

Gunmen kill security official

Unknown gunmen shot and killed a senior national security officer in Cairo late Sunday as he headed to his office, the Interior Ministry said. A statement from the ministry said gunmen opened fire on a car carrying Lt. Col. Mohammed Mabrouk of the national security agency, killing him near his home in Nasr City. Mabrouk had helped to monitor Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

AFGHANISTAN

Six beheaded bodies found

Afghan villagers discovered the beheaded bodies of six government contractors Sunday in the country’s restive south, the apparent victims of insurgents who regularly target state projects, officials said. Kandahar police said the beheaded bodies belonged to men were involved in building police compounds and checkpoints.

SPAIN

Trash collectors end strike

A trash collectors’ strike that left Madrid’s streets piled high with garbage ended Sunday after 13 days, with workers voting to accept a deal hammered out by trade unions and employers. Unions called the strike amid plans to lay off more than 1,000 workers and cut pay for some 5,000 street cleaners, park workers and garbage collectors.

BANGLADESH

Walmart suppliers examined

A news report says safety problems have been found in nearly half of 75 audited factories in Bangladesh that are Walmart suppliers. According to a report posted on the Wall Street Journal’s website Sunday night, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said most of the factories that failed the audit were able to correct problems or are doing so. According to the report, the company said it has stopped doing business with two factories, and one had to be closed.

Compiled from wire reports.



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