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World news briefs — compiled Oct. 19

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CANADA

Train carrying oil derails

A Canadian National tanker train carrying oil derailed early Saturday west of Edmonton, Alberta, and authorities battling the resulting fire decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. No injuries were reported. The latest derailment has raised more questions about rail safety that became a major issue after a runaway oil train derailed in a Quebec town in July, triggering explosions that killed 47 people. Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles from Edmonton. Three cars began leaking and caught fire.

MEXICO

Quake rattles peninsula

Mexico’s Baja California peninsula was rattled Saturday by a 6.4-magnitude offshore quake. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The United States Geological Survey said the quake was centered in the Gulf of California, between the Baja Peninsula and Mexico’s western coast.

BELGIUM

Air crash kills parachutists

A plane carrying parachutists planning to celebrate a birthday with a skydive crashed Saturday, killing all 11 people aboard. Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive and crash in a field, killing everyone on board.

ENGLAND

Titanic violin auctioned

A violin believed to have played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank beneath the waves has sold for some $1.45 million at auction. An unidentified bidder on Saturday won the violin, whose metal fixtures appear corroded by seawater and is no longer playable. It is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster’s more than 1,500 victims. Auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son says the violin has been subject to numerous tests to check its authenticity since it was discovered in 2006.

Compiled from wire reports.


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