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TRAINS WRECK IN US, INDIA An Amtrak train jumped the tracks and plunged into a bayou near Mobile, Ala., early yesterday morning, killing at least 26 people, authorities said. All three engines and four of the eight cars on Amtrak's Sunset Limited derailed in a remote, swampy area, Amtrak spokesman Clifford Black said in Washington. He said that two of the derailed cars were passenger cars. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. In India, at least 16 people were killed and more than 60 injured when two trains ran into each other early yesterday morning in the western state of Rajasthan. Hizbullah launch attack

A katyusha rocket slammed into the town of Kiryat Shemona in northern Israel yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, residents and Israel radio said. The katyusha attack appears to break a seven-week-long, US-brokered truce between Israel and Iranian-backed Hizbullah guerrillas in southern Lebanon. It is the first since Israel signed a peace accord with the Palestine Liberation Organization. The Hizbullah opposes peace with the Jewish state. Ukraine gets new PM

Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk appointed a conservative top mining official, Yefim Zuyagilsky, as acting prime minister yesterday, a presidential spokesman said. Mr. Zuyagilsky, a proponent of increased state involvement in the economy, was appointed a day after parliament accepted the resignation of his predecessor, Leonid Kuchma. Ukraine's economic and political policies have been blocked for months because of disagreements over policy and demands for new elections to replace the conservative Soviet-era parliament. Demjanjuk returns

Seven years after he left the US on charges he was ``Ivan the Terrible,'' John Demjanjuk returned yesterday. Mr. Demjanjuk, convicted and then acquitted in Israel of being the Nazi death camp guard, arrived on an El Al jet at Kennedy International Airport. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker, had been imprisoned in Israel for 7 1/2 years. He had been extradited from the US and convicted in an Israeli court of being Ivan, a sadistic guard at the Treblinka death camp. The Israeli Supreme Court overturned the conviction in July. Senate backs space station

The redesigned space station is intact for next year, with the Senate providing $2.1 billion, turning aside objections that the project is wasteful even now that it has been scaled down. Senators voted 59-40 Tuesday in favor of the full amount President Clinton sought for the project. The money was included in legislation providing $87.9 billion for space, veterans, housing, environmental, and other programs for fiscal 1994. More rainforests burn

Recent satellite photos show the number of fires burning in Brazil's vast Amazon rain forest has increased by nearly 50 percent over last year, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency's Environmental Monitoring Center said yesterday. The slash-and-burn clearing by farmers and ranchers is believed to be a major contributor to the greenhouse effect that scientists say is raising the Earth's temperature. UN prisoner dies

A Cambodian detained eight months in a UN jail in Cambodia for alleged human rights violations died yesterday of heart problems, just before the UN mission's departure left open the chance he could go free. The UN mission had been urging authorities of Cambodia's new government to take custody of Than Theuan and three other prisoners the UN had held for months without trial. The UN accused the four men of ``gross human rights violations.''

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