JAKARTA -- Four people were killed after a train hit a minivan in Indonesia's East Java Province on Thursday afternoon, an official of state-owned railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) said.
The accident occurred when the minivan carrying four people was passing a railroad crossing without a bar gate and no signal in Bayeman village of Probolinggo district, said Tohari, the spokesperson of KAI's Operational Region IX, as reported by the local media. (Indonesia-Road Accident-Death)
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KHARTOUM -- Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets on Thursday in the capital Khartoum and other cities in new and increasingly regular demonstrations to demand civilian rule in the country.
Protesters gathered in Khartoum and tried to reach the presidential palace, eyewitnesses told Xinhua. (Sudan-Protest-Civilian Rule)
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BAGHDAD -- Six civilians were killed and two wounded on Thursday when construction equipment collapsed in a shrine in Iraq's central province of Babil, the local police said.
In the morning incident, the construction equipment and part of a roof fell on worshippers inside the Hamza al-Gharbi Shrine near the provincial capital Hillah, some 100 km south of Baghdad, killing four women and two children and wounding two others, Babil's police said in a statement. (Iraq-Equipment Collapse-Death)
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MOSCOW -- Russia and the West disagreed on essential issues during this week's negotiations in Geneva and Brussels, the Kremlin said Thursday.
"Negotiations were initiated in order to get specific answers to specific fundamental questions raised. It is on these fundamental issues that disagreements have been recorded," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. (Russia-West-Kremlin)