October 21, 2018

At least 18 people were killed and about 160 injured when a passenger train derailed in Taiwan on Sunday evening local time. The train was carrying 366 people, and rescue efforts continue as several dozen were trapped on board. The line runs in a coastal area and is popular with tourists; an American woman was among those hurt.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pledged "all our strength and efforts for the rescue" in a Facebook post offering condolences for the families of the victims and cautioning against speculation as to the cause of the crash while the investigation is underway. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

A week after the remains of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, another 63 bodies of infants were discovered in a separate funeral home in the city.

So far, police say there is no apparent connection between the two facilities. The second funeral home has now been closed as well. "This is deeply disturbing," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "I have never seen anything like this."

Investigators are working to determine the identities of the infants as well as why they were not handled appropriately. One theory suggests the remains should have received a proper burial after donation for educational use at a nearby medical school.

While the first set of remains were uncovered thanks to an anonymous tip to state authorities, the second set came to light though a lawsuit against the funeral home alleging improper burial of an infant girl. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

At least 60 people were killed and dozens more injured when a speeding train plowed into a crowd of people watching fireworks at a religious festival in northern India Friday night.

Eyewitnesses say the victims did not hear the train coming over the booms of the fireworks display, and the train reportedly did not blow its whistle before striking the crowd. Locals say festival attendees sit on the tracks to watch the show every year.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences on Twitter:

An inquiry into the accident is ongoing. The Railway Board rejected responsibility on the grounds that people "are not expected to be on the tracks." Bonnie Kristian

October 13, 2018

The decomposed bodies of 11 infants were discovered by state investigators in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit, local police said Friday night. The discovery was made after an anonymous tip informed authorities where they could be found.

"They were actually in a cardboard box, nine of the 11 — they're very small remains," said Lt. Brian Bowser of the Detroit Police Department. "They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell." So far, only some of the remains have been identified.

The funeral home shut down earlier this year over violations including fraud and gross negligence. Watch Bowser's comments on the grim investigation below. Bonnie Kristian

October 8, 2018

The Trump administration has dramatically lowered the number of refugees admitted into the United States each year, and for some families, that has meant immigrating in pieces.

Stricter screening procedures are increasingly giving refugee families, especially those from the administration's list of "high-risk" countries, an awful choice, The Associated Press reports: Come to America without your spouse, child, or parent, or else don't come at all.

The AP report profiles Hadi Mohammed, an Iraqi man who worked as a security guard for American forces in his country. The job put his life at risk, so he applied for refugee status to come to the United States. After a five-year wait, Mohammed and his two young sons were admitted, but his wife has been stuck in Iraq for additional screening for over a year.

"Every night," Mohammed's 9-year-old son "cries about mom, 'I need mom,'" he said. The State Department told the family she is undergoing "additional administrative processing" and it is impossible to "predict how long this administrative review will take."

Read the full AP report here, and read The Week's Edward Morrissey on "America's appalling about-face on refugees." Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

At least 12 people were killed and 162 more injured by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti Saturday night.

"Damage has been recorded mainly in the Far North. All my sympathies to the victims. The executive at the highest level is mobilized to provide appropriate answers. I call on the population to be cautious and calm," Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant said in a tweeted statement. The death toll is expected to continue to rise.

A 7-magnitude quake in Haiti in 2010 left up to 300,000 people dead. The country has yet to fully recover. Bonnie Kristian

September 29, 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake triggered a 10-foot-tall tsunami off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi Friday morning, killing at least 384 people and injuring hundreds more. Shocking footage of the moment the wave slammed into the beach in the city of Palu shows entire houses being swept away in a matter of seconds:

Electricity and communications are down in many areas, and the international airport is closed, making rescue efforts difficult, particularly in more rural regions. "It is not just the people in the large urban areas," said Jan Gelfand of the International Red Cross in Indonesia. "There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach." Additional aftershocks are possible. Bonnie Kristian

September 15, 2018

Evelyn Rodriguez, whose 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas was murdered by members of the MS-13 gang two years ago, was fatally struck by an SUV Friday after an altercation with the driver shortly before an anniversary memorial service for her daughter's death.

Rodriguez was preparing for a candlelight vigil when she was killed; the driver of the SUV called 911, and an investigation is ongoing. The SUV's driver has not been arrested at this time.

After her daughter's death, Rodriguez became a prominent advocate for victims of gang violence. "It's a fight that I have to continue to make sure all communities are safe," she said the day before her death.

To honor her advocacy work, Rodriguez was among President Trump's invited guests for the State of the Union address in January. "My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends," Trump tweeted Friday night. Bonnie Kristian

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