Globe Trot
Fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble in Lac Megantic, Quebec.
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Fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

Globe Trot: Forty people still missing after Quebec train derailment

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Quebec’s train derailment has left at least five dead and 40 still missing. Massive flames from oil tankers on the train devastated the town of Lac-Megantic and kept firefighters at least 500 feet away from the burning tankers, dousing them with water and foam to prevent explosions.

Lee Yoon-hye was the last person to leave the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 after it crashed Saturday on the runway in San Francisco. The cabin manager gives a dramatic account of obstacles—including slides that inflated inside the plane instead of outside—in the remarkable evacuation that saved 305 of 307 passengers aboard the Boeing 777.

All schools in Nigeria’s Yobe state have been ordered closed to protect children from attacks by Boko Haram militants. On Saturday, the Islamic group attacked a boarding school in Potiskum, a town in Yobe, killing about 29 students and a teacher. The militants doused a dormitory in fuel and set it on fire while students slept. Last month, Islamic fighters attacked at least two schools, killing 16 students and two teachers. Mollie Hemingway has a good analysis of coverage of the “Newtown massacre in Nigeria,” highlighting the poor job most media—and elected officials—have done in accurately portraying the religious roots of the violence.

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Life for the former dictator of Chad has included a luxurious home in a posh neighborhood of Dakar, Senegal, and time to watch Seinfeld reruns. That ended on June 30 when police stormed Hissene Habre’s West African hideout. Now Senegal and the African Union have established a special court to try Habre, who was formally charged last week with crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. It’s a case worth watching, given the abysmal track record of The Hague’s International Criminal Court in bringing to justice other African power abusers.

Clashes between the Egyptian military and pro-Morsi protesters today have left 51 civilians dead and 435 injured. The Egyptian army says one officer has died and 40 have been injured—and the Twittersphere is full of eyewitness reports of pro-Morsi imams and others taunting the military to attack over the weekend. There are widespread reports of retaliatory attacks against Christians, and gunmen in northern Sinai killed a priest who was shopping for food.

Andy Murray gave Brits something they haven’t had in 77 yearsa men’s champion at Wimbledon from the homeland.

Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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