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Death Count In Spanish Train Derailment At 78, High Speed Suspected

BBC (UK), ELPAÍS (Spain), ELMUNDO (Spain)

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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - The death count had risen to 78 by Thursday morning after an express train derailed in northwestern Spain. More than 140 other people were injured (including 20 in critical condition) in the crash near Santiago de Compostela, reports El Mundo.

The train was reported to be traveling at more than twice the speed limit around a curve, with one of the conductors quoted in El País as saying he had taken the curve at 190 km/h (188 mph) in a section of track where the speed limit is 80 km/h, reports. (See Below: video footage at the moment of the crash captured by a surveillance camera)

All eight carriages of the Madrid-to-Ferrol train came off the tracks at 8:41 pm (local time), the state railway Renfe said.

After the worst train crash in Spain in 40 years, seven days of mourning have been declared in the Galicia region, reports the BBC. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived at the scene of the accident.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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