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World in brief: May 24, 2022

GERMANY: A train collided with a bus and derailed at a railway crossing near the southern city of Ulm on today, police said. Several people were injured, some of them severely.

The train struck the bus, which was not carrying any passengers, throwing driver from the vehicle. Both he and the train driver as well as two passengers were seriously injured.

Police said that there had been a motorcycle crash nearby and the bus was stopped on the tracks when the gates were lowered.

IRAQ: Militants from the Islamic State group (Isis) killed 12 civilians and wounded at least six in two separate attacks, apparently taking advantage of a sandstorm that sharply reduced visibility across the country, security officials said today.

The attacks occurred on Monday evening in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces, where farmers came under fire while harvesting their crops.

Earlier, Isis launched an attack in the Diyala town of Gulala, killing six residents, two Iraqi security officials said.

RWANDA: The military accused neighbouring Congolese forces of injuring several civilians in cross-border shelling and asked regional monitors to investigate.

Rwanda Defence Force spokesman Colonel Ronald Rwivanga said authorities are engaging Congo counterparts over the shelling that Kigali says struck areas in Musanze district on Monday morning.

Some Congolese authorities have accused Rwandan forces of supporting armed groups in mineral-rich eastern Congo, where dozens of such groups are active.

BRAZIL: Police in Rio de Janeiro raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela before dawn today, in an operation that prompted a fierce firefight and state officials said at least 10 people died.

The operation was aimed at locating and arresting criminal leaders, some from other states, police said in a statement.

The statement said agents were fired upon while preparing their incursion, that one resident was shot and killed. It said 11 people were found wounded after the shoot-out and taken to a nearby state hospital.

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