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Cameroon crash train ‘broke speed limit’

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The train which crashed last Friday in Cameroon was travelling at an “unusually” high speed, a top official of the French company that runs the railway line has said.

The rail accident killed at least 79 passengers and wounded 600 people.

Early suggestions seemed to blame the crash on overcrowding.

But train company Bollore says that the train was still going fast at a point where it was expected to be travelling at lower speed.

A passenger escapes a train car using a window as others leave from the site of a train derailment in Eseka on October 21, 2016.

The passenger train was travelling from Yaounde, the capital, to the port city of Douala when carriages flipped over at high speed.

Eric Melet, Africa chairman of Bollore, said the train should not have approached the site where the accident happened without slowing down.

“When it was near the station where the crash happened, it was travelling faster than the speed limit at that point,” Mr Melet said.

A crane clears a carriage of the derailed train

Shortly after the crash was reported, Cameroon President Paul Biya told state TV that an “in-depth inquiry” into the causes of the accident had been ordered.

On Tuesday, a court also announced a criminal investigation to establish responsibilities in the possible causes of the accident.

The train was operated by Camrail, a local subcontractor of French company Bollore.

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Brazil win U17 World cup after beating Mexico

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Brazil bags another remarkable win to tally its Under-17 World Cup trophy by beating Mexico.

The host team, Brazil leaves it late to triumphed a 2-1 win at the Bezerrao stadium.

thanks to Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ 93rd-minute goal to made the difference.

Mexico – winners of the showpiece tournament in 2005 and 2011 – looked on track to add a third title to their collection when Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan headed home the opener in the 66th minute.

But Brazil, playing in front of legends Ronaldo and Cafu, rallied courtesy of Kaio Jorge’s questionable penalty with six minutes of regulation time remaining.

Brazil then completed the comeback deep into stoppage time when Lazaro volleyed home a last-gasp winner.

The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as they moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.

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Hong kong crisis: Police threaten to use live bullet

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After recent protesters livid escalation on the Hong Kong police, the authorities has  threatened to fire live bullets if “rioters” did not stop using lethal weapons.

The police statement followed fresh clashes outside a university in the center of Hong Kong where protesters were hunkered down behind makeshift shields and hurled petrol bombs at police in a standoff blocking a vital tunnel link.

Police says, one of her officer had been treated in hospital after being hit in the leg by an arrow and another had his visor struck by a metal ball, although he was not hurt.

The violence in the Asian financial hub has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi has said he is confident Hong Kong’s government can resolve the crisis.

Police have used live rounds in a few isolated incidents in the past.

Demonstrators, angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in the former British colony which has had autonomous status since returning to Chinese rule in 1997, have said they are responding to excessive use of force by police.

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