Kids killed in mishap
MULTAN: A passenger train hit a school bus at an ungated railroad crossing in Pakistan’s east amid dense fog Wednesday, killing at least eight children and the bus driver. Twelve children also were injured in the collision near the Punjab province town of Mian Channu, and some were in serious condition. There were no known casualties on the passenger train. Parts of Pakistan are under the grip of heavy fog, which has caused several road accidents. Low visibility also has forced authorities to occasionally suspend traffic on the country’s main highway linking the capital, Islamabad, with the eastern city of Lahore and other towns.

Troops killed
KABUL: Two US service members died and four Afghan soldiers were killed in separate explosions on Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan. Nine members of the Afghan National Police were injured on Wednesday in other incidents. NATO said the two American troops died in a bomb blast, but disclosed no other information. In Khost city, the four soldiers and a civilian died in the morning blast just outside a police barracks.