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Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister wins confidence vote

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The former Sri Lankan prime minister whose October sacking by the president precipitated a political crisis has won a confidence vote in Parliament. Ranil Wickremesinghe received 117 votes in favor in the 225-member Parliament on Wednesday. … more

Hundreds in New Zealand hold vigil for slain British tourist

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 1,000 people across New Zealand have turned out for candlelight vigils held to commemorate British tourist Grace Millane, who police say was murdered earlier this month. The 22-year-old backpacker’s death has struck a deep … more

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  • Clapham Junction Rail Crash (1988)
    on 12/12/2018 at 5:00 am

    Near London on the morning of December 12, 1988, the driver of the 7:18 train from Basingstoke to Waterloo saw a signal in front of him abruptly change from green to red. He stopped his train and called the signalman, who told him to proceed. Before he could, however, the 6:14 from Poole rammed into his train's rear at about 40 mph (64 km/h). Then, an empty […]