Fatal accident

YAOUNDE – Fifty-three people were killed and nearly 300 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon’s two largest cities derailed and overturned, the transportation minister said. Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said the figures represented a provisional toll from the accident near the train station in the town of Eseka.

Aleppo truce

BEIRUT – Syria’s army and Russia’s air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents. Heavy clashes took place in Aleppo during the night, outside the 11-hour periods during which the ceasefire is in place.

Police protest

PARIS – French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande’s government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election. Some 3000 of them took to the streets on Thursday night, they said.

Mexico arrest

MEXICO CITY – Mexico has arrested a former police chief at the heart of an investigation into the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 trainee teachers in the southwestern city of Iguala two years ago, security officials said on Friday. Felipe Flores was chief of police in Iguala when the students disappeared on the night of Sept. 26, 2014.

6.6 quake

TOKYO – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shook western Japan on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that a tsunami warning was not issued. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage and no irregularities at nuclear plants, but media said roughly 40,000 households were at one point without power.

Student killed

JOHANNESBURG – A South African student leader was killed during protests following weeks of country wide demonstrations by students demanding free tertiary education. Lesego Benjamin Phehla, a student at Tshwane University of Technology in the capital Pretoria, was hit by a car and killed there on Thursday.

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