News You Should Read Today – February 9 – 2016

2 trains collide head-on in Germany2 trains collide head-on in Germany

Two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria, with police saying at least eight people have been killed and scores injured. The drivers of both trains and two train guards were among those killed

The head-on crash happened near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60km (37 miles) south-east of Munich. The trains’ operator said both trains had partially derailed and were wedged into each other. Emergency teams worked for hours to free some casualties from the wreckage. BBC

 

 

US Presidential election newsUS Presidential election

At midnight Tuesday, the first ballots of the New Hampshire primary were cast in the hamlets of Dixville Notch, Millsfield, and Hart’s Location. Dozens of residents hit the polls, and Dixville Notch announced its results shortly after midnight: Three votes for John Kasich and two votes for Donald Trump among the Republicans, and four votes for Bernie Sanders and none for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Sanders and Trump are widely expected to win their respective primary elections, and four “establishment” GOP candiates — Jeb Bush, Kasich, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio — are fighting hard for second place. The Boston Globe

After reports surfaced in January that Michael Bloomberg was considering an independent presidential run, the former New York City mayor confirmed the possibility himself on Monday. “I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” Bloomberg told the Financial Times, adding that the public deserves “a lot better.” Bloomberg said he’d need to start getting his name on ballots in March. Financial Times

 

 

Hong Kong police and protesters clash (gettyimages.com)Hong Kong police and protesters clash

Demonstrators and police clashed in Hong Kong Monday night into Tuesday morning after authorities started to crackdown on unlicensed food vendors in the Mong Kok district. It’s become a tradition in the area for the street hawkers to sell fish balls and other items during the Lunar New Year, and activists were upset that police tried to shut them down, saying an important part of the area’s culture was under attack.

Protesters threw bottles, trash, and pieces of wood, and set fires in the street. In a statement, local police said demonstrators refused to get out of the street, and shoved officers. In turn, authorities used batons and pepper spray against the protesters. Three men were arrested and three injured officers were treated at area hospitals. This was the worst violence in Hong Kong since 2014’s pro-democracy protests. The Associated Press

 

 

North Korea satellite tumbling in spaceNorth Korea satellite tumbling in space

On Monday, a senior U.S. defense official told CNN the satellite was “tumbling in orbit” and incapable of functioning in any useful way. South Korea also said the object appeared to be in orbit and that no signal had been received.

South Korea has released the first images of debris believed to be from a long-range rocket fired by North Korea on Sunday. The pieces were pulled from the sea southwest of Jeju Island shortly after Pyongyang announced it had successfully launch the earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 into orbit.

North Korea fired the rocket despite warnings from a number of countries who claimed the satellite launch was a front for a long-range missile test. North Korea maintains the launch is for scientific and “peaceful purposes.” The launch heightens international pressure on China, North Korea’s biggest foreign investor, to do more. CNN

Canada Ending Airstrikes in Iraq, SyriaCanada Ending Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

Canada will end its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria this month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday he will bring home Canada’s six fighter jets by February 22, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before being elected last year.

He said the U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes is useful for bringing short-term gains, but not for long-term stability for affected communities. Canada will continue to have surveillance and refueling aircraft involved in coalition efforts.

Trudeau also said the government will boost its number of troops training Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, and that its military deployment in the region will continue through at least the end of March next year. VOA

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