73 people died in Pakistan
As a result of the fire that occurred in a passenger train in the Pakistani province of Punjab, 73 people died, dozens were injured — the »Geo TV» channel reports. The train followed the route Karachi — Rawalpindi. There was an explosion of a gas tank, carried by one of the passengers. According to the TV channel, the fire destroyed 3 train cars — 2 economy-class cars and 1 business-class car. According to the Minister of Railways, Sheikh Rashid, most passengers died while trying to jump from the running train on fire.
After a meeting of the country’s security council, the president of Colombia decided to send additional 2,500 soldiers to the Cauca department, in which the members of a local rebel group previously shelled an Indian patrol and the governor. According to the president — the local drug trafficking groups, as well as the local residents that want to keep the drug business, are responsible for the attacks on the Indians. «In the next 40 days, the 4th rapid responce brigade will be deployed in the Cauca department. It will include additional 2,500 soldiers. They will be send to perform 3 tasks — control the territory, block the routes of the drug traffickers, and destroy their organization» — the RIA NEWS quoted Ivan Duque.
The castle of the Ryukyu monarchs in Shuri, on the island of Okinawa, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, burned down. The fire completely destroyed the castle. 7 wooden buildings of the castle complex, with a total area of 4800 square meters, were lost. The cause of the fire is still unknown. According to the »Kyodo News» — the fire was extinguished after 11 hours. There is no data on the victims yet. The Japanese government has already expressed its intention to restore the castle. «This event hurts to the core. The government will make every effort to restore the castle» — RIA NEWS quoted the Secretary-General of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga.
The Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has announced the start date for the withdrawal of the military forces near the village of Petrovskoye in Donbass, on a condition that there will be a ceasefire for a week. “If everything is safe in the village of Petrovskoye within a week, you know that there must be silence for 7 days, then on 4th of November we will begin the withdrawal of forces in Petrovskoye” — RIA NEWS quoted Zelensky. The statement was made during a joint briefing with the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, in Kiev.
On Thursday, the decision of the Indian government regarding the formation of the union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in the north of the country has officially entered into force. The decision to repeal the Article 370 of the Constitution, and the abolition of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the decision to create two union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in that region was adopted by New Delhi on 5th of August. «Today, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are taking a step towards a new future» — the NDTV quoted Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister. Pakistan strongly condemned that decision. The situation in the region escalated even more.
The DPRK launched two missiles at the Sea of Japan — the South Korean Defense Ministry reports. Later, the information on the new missile tests was confirmed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense. They specified that it was a test of ballistic missiles. The ministry reported that the missiles flew for about 350-400 kilometers. The flight altitude was 100 kilometers. According to the Japanese coast guard, as well as the Japanese Ministry of Defense — the North Korean missiles didn’t reach Japan or its exclusive economic zone. Japan sent a protest to the DPRK because of the new launches. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he «strongly condemns» the launch of the DPRK missiles, and he set a task for the government to ensure the security. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.