15 July 2014

Rush-hour Moscow subway derails: 21 dead, 136 hurt

Paramedics and a police officer carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly.
A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow's streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.
The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

Soccer fans and supporters of the national soccer squad gather on the so called 'Fan Mile' near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin , Tuesday July 15, 2014. Germany's World Cup winners shared their fourth title with hundreds of thousands of fans by parading the trophy through cheering throngs to celebrate at the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday. An estimated 400,000 people packed the "fan mile" in front of the Berlin landmark to welcome home coach Joachim Loew's team and the trophy — which returned to Germany for the first time in 24 years.

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

The plane with the players of German national soccer team arrives at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Words on plane read: Winner Plane and instead of Lufthansa, Fanhansa.
Germany's World Cup-winning team returned home to share the country's fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday.
The team's plane touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Captain Philipp Lahm led the team off the aircraft with the trophy held aloft, to cheers and a chorus of "Football's Coming Home" from fans on the airport's viewing terrace.

Pakistani teen seeks release of Nigerian girls

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban because she advocated education for girls, visits Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday July 13, 2014. Malala Yousafzai traveled to Abuja in Nigeria to meet the relatives of schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram three months ago.
The Pakistani teen who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 marked her 17th birthday Monday with a visit to Nigeria and urged Islamic extremists to free the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped there, calling them her "sisters."
Malala Yousafzai, who has become an international symbol for women's rights in the face of hard-line Islam, said Nigeria's president promised to meet for the first time with the abducted girls' parents.

Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genoa

This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo shows the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its starboard side after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Franco Gabrielli, who heads the Civil Protection Department overseeing the wreck's removal, told reporters on Giglio Island Sunday, July 13, 2014, that while weather conditions aren't optimal, they are good enough to permit the start of operations to refloat and tow the Concordia to Genoa on the mainland for scrapping. He also promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck victims as soon as the wrecked cruise liner is towed away from the island where it struck a reef in 2012.
The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people.
Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded without a hitch. Technicians later shifted the massive cruise ship some 30 meters (yards) before ending the day's operations.