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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at  Alpine resort
Geneva:
Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said yesterday. The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the station Janine Imesch told AFP.

French kosher store burns down on attack anniversary
Creteil (France):
A suspected arson attack on a French kosher grocery store has revived fears over anti- Semitism, three years to the day since an assault on a Jewish supermarket by an Islamist gunman. Prosecutors said the store in the southern Paris suburb of Creteil had caught fire overnight, days after it was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti.

200 injured in commuter train crash outside Johannesburg
Johannesburg:
A South African emergency response group says around 200 people have been injured in a train crash on the outskirts of Johannesburg. A statement from ER24 says there are no fatalities in the crash Tuesday morning at a commuter train station in Germiston.

Fired Google engineer's suit alleges reverse discrimination
San Francisco (AP):
A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google's commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit alleging his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of President Donald Trump.

Controversial columnist quits UK universities regulator
London:
A controversial columnist whose appointment to Britain's universities regulator sparked widespread protest announced his resignation yesterday, a day after a shambolic cabinet reshuffle. Toby Young said his position had "become a distraction" for the work of the Office for Students after his appointment to the watchdog's board sparked criticism in parliament.

Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines
Bangkok:
Drone users who fail to register their devices in Thailand  could face up to five years in jail or a $3,000 fine, officials said, tough new rules that may hit tourists and media alike. The regulations, which were announced in October but take effect this week, cover nearly all forms of drone use from commercial and recreational to scientific.

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