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2013-07-28T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
July 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Spain

Injured train driver is out of hospital

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - The injured driver of the Spanish train that derailed at high speed, killing 78 and injuring dozens more, was released from the hospital Saturday, but he was held in a police station as authorities increasingly focused on his culpability.

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was to appear before a judge by Sunday evening, a hotly awaited opportunity for him to give his explanation for Spain's deadliest train crash in decades.

Garzon has been under the microscope, with the country's railway agency saying it was his responsibility to brake before going into the high-risk curve where the train careened off the rails and smashed into a wall. It's still uclear whether the brakes failed or were never used, and Garzon has remained mum so far.

Tunisia

Thousands protest gov't at funeral

TUNIS - Thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest an assassinated Tunisian opposition politician on Saturday, a display of the anger threatening the survival of a government once seen as a model in the region for the transition to democracy.

Adding to the tension, a bomb exploded in the early morning underneath a car at the port in Tunis outside a police station. Though there were no injuries, the rare attack helped deepen the sense of unease in this North African country, where two opposition politicians have been shot dead in the last six months, apparently with the same gun.

Mohammed Brahmi's coffin was carried by soldiers to Jellaz cemetery and buried next to Chokri Belaid, a fellow politician who was killed in February. Brahmi's widow and five children accompanied the coffin on its route through the capital.

Syria

Gov't troops capture mosque in Homs

DAMASCUS - Syrian government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces.

The state-run news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops took control of the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh.

Syrian TV aired a report Saturday night with footage from inside the mosque, showing heavy damage and the tomb's dome knocked out.

The footage showed debris strewn on the floor. A portion of the mosque appeared to have been burned.

Canada

Fuel spills into creek in British Columbia

WINLAW, British Columbia - Officials in British Columbia's Central Kootenay region say about 1,500 people are under an evacuation order after a truck carrying 9,250 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a creek.

The truck was en route to supply helicopters battling wildfires in the Perry Ridge area when the accident took place Friday night.

Bill Macpherson, public information officer with the Regional District of Central Kootenay, said Saturday that the evacuation order isn't mandatory, but added that "a number of people" have checked into emergency centers set up at three schools.

Macpherson said the driver of the tanker was hospitalized with minor injuries, but no residents reported medical concerns related to the spill.

Afghanistan

Bombing targeting local police kills 7

KABUL - A suicide bomber targeting a village police commander blew himself up in a bazaar in a lawless part of eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people, an official said Saturday.

Clashes and bombings around Afghanistan in the past two days have claimed the lives of 15 people, including 11 Afghan policemen and four civilians.

Afghan forces have been in the lead for security around the country since mid-June, when foreign forces handed over control.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks since then and also are seeking to take advantage of the withdrawal of foreign troops that will see all international combat forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Insurgents increasingly have been targeting Afghan security forces and government officials.

The Associated Press

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