A massive fire spread through multiple train cars on a train traveling Thursday in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, killing more than 70 people, in the latest tragedy to hit the country’s dilapidated rail system. Officials said the fire was sparked by a cooking gas stove that exploded as breakfast was being prepared on board. It reportedly took at least 20 minutes for the train to stop after the fire broke out.
The Islamic State has confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and announced his successor. Its new leader was named as Abu Ibrahim al Hashemi al Quraishi in audio released by the IS central media arm, al Furqan Foundation. Little is known about al Quraishi and the recording, which urged supporters to follow Baghdadi’s directives and threatens western countries, offered no information about his background.
The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to formally proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The measure details how the inquiry will move into a more public phase. It was not a vote on whether the president should be removed from office. This was the first test of support in the Democratic-controlled House for the impeachment process.
Five men have been cleared of raping a 14-year-old girl but jailed for the lesser charge of sexual abuse in a case that has reignited protests against Spain’s controversial sex-offense laws. The men, aged 18 to 21, who were jailed for between 10 and 12 years, avoided conviction for the more serious charge of sexual assault or rape because they did not need to use violence or intimidation against her.
Measles causes long-term damage to the immune system, leaving children who have had it vulnerable to other infections long after the initial illness has passed, research has revealed. Two studies of unvaccinated children in an Orthodox Protestant community in the Netherlands found that measles wipes out the immune system’s memory of previous illnesses, returning it to a more baby-like state.