World Briefs: London commuter trains disrupted by strike

London commuter trains disrupted by strike

LONDON • Rail workers started a five-day strike yesterday on services across south-east England, including commuter trains into London, causing major disruptions.

The strike could become the country's longest rail walkout since 1968.

The RMT union called the strike to protest against plans to downgrade the role of the conductor on Southern Rail trains, causing cancellations across the network. Southern runs trains from destinations such as Brighton and Gatwick Airport.


40 killed in Mexico as storm triggers mudslides

MEXICO CITY • Mudslides triggered by intense rainfall in eastern Mexico killed 40 people at the weekend as saturated hillsides collapsed onto modest homes in the wake of now-dissipated Tropical Storm Earl.

The death toll rose late on Sunday after state governors in the two most affected states confirmed two more deaths from a series of mudslides that struck hillside communities.

Meanwhile, on the Pacific coast, Mexico's Baja California peninsula braced itself for another major storm to strike as early as yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe