Train crash kills 10 in Germany

BERLIN — A head-on train crash in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured at least 33 others, eight of them severely, local firefighters said today.

A passenger and a cargo train crashed head-on near Hordorf village, close to Saxony-Anhalt's state capital Magdeburg, and several train cars derailed and overturned, a spokesman for the district's firefighters said. He declined to be named in line with department policy.

Rescue operations were still under way early today, and police had no immediate information as to what could have caused the accident late Saturday evening, regional police spokesman Frank Kuessner said.

Mexican troops seize drugs bound for Tijuana

MEXICO CITY — Mexican soldiers seized nearly 200 pounds of drugs from the cargo area of an Aeromexico commercial plane scheduled to fly to the northern border city of Tijuana, the military said Saturday.

Agents discovered the shipment Friday at the airport in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, the Defense Department said in a statement.

They confiscated about 100 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 60 pounds of heroin and 20 pounds of methylphenidate, which is often used to cut heroin, according to the statement. There were no arrests.

Tunisian leader's in-law seeks refuge in Canada

TORONTO — The Canadian government said Saturday that the brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has applied for refugee status in Canada, effectively blocking efforts to extradite him to the North African country.

Belhassen Trabelsi, a billionaire Tunisian businessman and brother of former first lady Leila Trabelsi, reportedly arrived in Canada last week with his family.