Israel to name new train station in Jerusalem after Trump

 

A new train station to be built near the Western wall in Jerusalem would be named after United States President, Donald Trump, an official has said.

Israel’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, made the announcement on Wednesday.

Mr. Katz said he decided to honour Mr. Trump this way following the president’s decision early this month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to ultimately move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“The Western Wall is the holiest site of the Jewish people and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, following his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” the Associated Press quoted Mr. Katz as saying.

Mr. Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn condemnations from leaders across the world. The move was also condemned by the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Katz approved the recommendations of an Israel Railways steering committee, which proposed the development of the Western Wall train station at the Cardo, an ancient street in the Jewish Quarter near the Kotel.

Donald John Trump station, as Katz called it, was one of two stations proposed for an extension to a new high-speed line nearing completion between Tel Aviv and the western entrance to Jerusalem via Ben-Gurion International Airport and the city of Modi’in.

Mr. Katz called the rail extension to the Old City, “the Transportation Ministry’s most important national project.”

The cost of the project was estimated at 2.5 billion shekels, approximately, $720 million.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray. In May, Mr. Trump was the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall.

Germany signs contract for World’s first hydrogen-powered passenger trains

 

Germany plans to bring the world’s first
trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells into service with 14 emission-free trains to transport passengers in Lower Saxony from 2021.

The trains will be built by France’s Alstom at its site in Salzgitter to replace diesel trains running between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude.

The trains, named Coradia iLint, can cover up to 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) with one tank of hydrogen and can reach a maximum speed of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

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Russia to share intelligence with Philippines, train Duterte guards

President Rodrigo Duterte

Russia’s top security official on Thursday offered the Philippines access to an intelligence database to help it fight crime and militancy, and training for the elite forces assigned to protect President Rodrigo Duterte.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council and Vladimir Putin’s top security adviser, made the offer during a meeting between Russian and Philippine security officials in Davao, where he was visiting Mr. Duterte at his home city.

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Death toll in India train accident hits 119

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Death toll in Indian train crash has been put at 119 with more than 150 injured.

The county’s express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

The death toll was initially put at 60 with more than 80 injured.

Police said the toll is set to rise amid a scramble to locate survivors as people were still missing, while authorities tried to determine what caused the derailment of 14 carriages of the train.

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