Crash of 2 passenger trains leaves 43 dead

One passenger train slammed into the back of another on Friday just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people and injuring 122, according to authorities, in the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.

A statement by the Egyptian Railways Authority said a train traveling to Alexandria from Cairo crashed into a train that was waiting at a small station in the Khorshid district, just east of Alexandria. It did not say what caused the accident, saying only that the authority’s experts would be investigating.

Egypt’s rail system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly kept equipment and poor management. Friday’s crash was the deadliest rail accident since 2006, when 51 people died when two commuter trains collided near Cairo.

— Associated Press

Troops deployed to tense Rakhine state

Burma has sent soldiers to beef up security in the northwestern state of Rakhine after a recent spate of killings, military sources said Friday, fueling fears of more violence and instability in the region.

Muslim-majority northern Rakhine was plunged into violence in October when Rohingya Muslim insurgents killed nine police officers, setting off a counteroffensive beset by allegations of rape, killing and torture by government troops.

Two military sources based in Rakhine told Reuters that the army had sent troops to the state’s north to “help tighten security” after seven Buddhists were found hacked to death in mountains near the town of Maungdaw last week.

The army dispatched about 500 soldiers to several towns near the border with Bangladesh on Thursday, sources said.

— Reuters

Submariner held on suspicion of murder

The owner of an amateur-built submarine was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after his vessel sank in Denmark’s waters and a journalist who had joined him for what was supposed to be a short voyage was reported missing, Copenhagen police said.

Police said in a statement Friday night that the man denied killing the missing woman and said he dropped her off on an island about 3 ½ hours into their Thursday night trip.

The statement did not identify the sub’s owner, Peter Madsen, 46, but the Danish inventor’s financing of the project through crowdfunding and the first launch of the UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made headlines.

Madsen appeared on Danish television Friday to discuss the sub’s sinking and his rescue. He said that “a minor problem with a ballast tank . . . turned into a major issue” that ultimately caused the 40-ton vessel — considered the largest privately built sub of its kind — to sink.

Swedish police said later that they were investigating the whereabouts of a missing woman who had been on the vessel at some point. The woman was a journalist writing about Madsen and his sub, Swedish and Danish media reported.

— Associated Press

First U.S. woman to summit K-2 says she’s ‘proud’: The first American woman to scale the world’s second-highest mountain — Pakistan’s dangerous K-2 — said that it was a “proud moment” when she hoisted the U.S. and Pakistani flags at the summit, long considered “savage” for climbers. Vanessa O’Brien, 52, and an international team of 12summited K-2’s 28,251 feet on July 28 in bad weather.

British family found guilty of enslaving people: A British court convicted a family of modern slavery offenses after they forced vulnerable people to work for them for little or no wages while the family lived a life of luxury, prosecutors said. Nottingham Crown Court convicted 11 members of the Rooney family of forced and compulsory labor, exploitation and fraud, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The family lured homeless people or those with learning disabilities with the promise of work, food and accommodation, the service said.

— From news services