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PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick -- Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday, and about 150 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.

Of the 17 cars that derailed late Tuesday in New Brunswick province, five contain crude oil and four contain liquefied petroleum gas, officials said. Later Wednesday, the Canadian National Railway said two of the cars carrying liquefied petroleum gas and one car carrying crude oil were on fire.

The derailment in a sparsely populated region, roughly 20 miles from the U.S. border and northern Maine, again raised concerns about the increasing use of rail to transport oil throughout North America. In July, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train carrying crude oil derailed.

Former SS man charged

BERLIN -- An 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division that slaughtered 642 villagers in France in 1944 was charged with 25 counts of murder Wednesday in Cologne, while a German court in another city dropped the case against a 92-year-old former SS member charged with killing a Dutch resistance fighter during World War II.

The state court in Cologne said that the 88-year-old, identified only as Werner C. -- in keeping with German privacy laws -- faced 25 charges of murder and hundreds of counts of accessory to murder.

Morsi's trial delayed

CAIRO -- The trial of Egypt's deposed president, Mohammed Morsi, on charges of inciting murder was postponed Wednesday after the authorities said that bad weather had prevented them from flying Mr. Morsi to the courthouse in Cairo from prison near the port city of Alexandria.

The former president was detained when he was ousted by the military July 3. Since then, prosecutors have charged Mr. Morsi in three separate cases .

S. Sudan talks bog down

JUBA, South Sudan -- Efforts to end South Sudan's three-week-old conflict reached an impasse after the rebels dismissed a government proposal to move the talks from Ethiopia to Juba and demanded the release of detained politicians.

East African mediators, as well as the United States, Britain and the European Union, have called for the 11 politicians to be freed.

Police chiefs dismissed

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's ruling party ordered purges of police chiefs and moved to tighten control of the judiciary, as a top official said there's no chance of a truce in the struggle with prosecutors leading a corruption probe.

The government will keep firing those leading the investigation and then seek to prosecute them for attempting a coup, Osman Can, a member of the central committee of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, or Ak Party, said Monday in Istanbul.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hastily gathered state governors and mayors Wednesday to talk about the country's violent crime amid public outrage over the killing of Monica Spear, a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela... Dennis Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game Wednesday as part of his "basketball diplomacy" that has been criticized in the United States as naive and laughable.

-- Compiled from news services



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