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Nation and World News March 9

A second Norfolk Southern train derails in Ohio within a month

A Norfolk Southern Corp. train derailed in Springfi eld, Ohio, about a month after an earlier crash in the state that shone a spotlight on rail safety. Around 20 cars of a 212-car train derailed while traveling southbound near Springfield in the evening of March 4, the company said in an emailed statement. No hazardous materials were involved and there were no reported injuries, it said.


Iran states agreement to closer inspections of nuclear facilities

Iran will allow international inspectors to carry out closer inspections of its nuclear facilities, according to a joint statement by the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization on March 4. Details of the inspections still need to be clarifi ed, the two organizations said in their statement.


China wants reunification with Taiwan according to key report

China largely kept its language regarding Taiwan the same in an annual report to the nation’s legislature, suggesting that President Xi Jinping is maintaining its policy toward the self-ruled island even as global tensions increase. “We should promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process of China’s peaceful reunification,” Premier Li Keqiang said in a work report to the National People’s Congress, which kicked off in Beijing on March 5.


Environmentalists and activists protest training center building

Opponents of a plan to build a police training center on an 85-acre wooded property in DeKalb County gathered March 4 to kick off a week of protests and festivities aimed at stopping the project from moving forward. “What did we come here to do?” Matthew Johnson, an event organizer, yelled to the crowd that gathered around him in a giant circle as the event began.


Zelenskyy to pursue closer ties with EU following plans to join

Ukraine will work to ramp up its cooperation with European institutions this year, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said March 4 after meeting European Parliament President Roberta Metsola who traveled to Ukraine. “The task is to actively prepare everything for our country’s membership in the European Union, increase arms deliveries to Ukraine and strengthen sanctions against Russia,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video address.


Long COVID linked to increased risk of death and health issues

According to a new study, individuals who experience long COVID-19 are at a higher risk for cardiovascular and other health issues. The findings showed that the chance of patients dying was doubled in those who experienced lingering symptoms.

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