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The deadly train derailment in India, speculation over Angela Merkel’s political future, and more from the United States and around the world.

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Angela Merkel Says She'll Run for a Fourth Term

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced at a news conference Sunday that she will seek a fourth term in next year’s election, the BBC reports. Merkel’s approval ratings have slipped due in part to her government’s open-door policy for refugees, which last year saw more than 1 million applications for asylum. But the ratings remain high, and a recent poll in the German newspaper Bild found 55 percent of people would vote for Merkel next year. Her decision to run likely prompted a sigh of relief from her center-right Christian Democratic Union and other established political parties, which are wary of the rise of the AfD party, the right-wing, anti-immigrant group that defeated Merkel’s party in regional elections in September. Merkel’s announcement also probably provides some comfort for world leaders rattled by the wave of populist sentiment that is sweeping across Europe and which helped elect Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

The Deadly Train Derailment in India

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At least 119 people were killed and dozens injured when a train derailed in northern India early Sunday, hurling 14 carriages off the tracks. Rescue workers spent the day combing through the wreckage in search of survivors, and the death toll is expected to rise, Reuters reports. More than 150 people were injured. The derailment occurred shortly after 3 a.m. local time between the cities of Patna and Indore. The cause is not yet known. The train, which was operated by the government, was carrying more than 500 passengers. “There was a loud sound like an earthquake. I fell from my berth and a lot of luggage fell over me,” Ramchandra Tewari, a passenger, told AP from his hospital bed in the city of Kanpur. Tewari was sleeping when the train derailed, and sustained a head injury. “I thought I was dead, and then I passed out.”