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50 dead in Canada rail disaster

Canadian police have say they have recovered 20 bodies from the Quebec train disaster, and that the 30 people who remain missing are now all presumed dead.

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Train boss: Engineer suspended from job without pay

Edward Burkhardt, the CEO of Rail World Inc, has said that an employee of the company suspected of failing to engage the brakes of a runaway train has been suspended without pay.

“I don’t think he’ll be back working for us,” he is cited as saying the Montreal Gazette.

On his first visit to the small Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, where the blast occurred, Mr Burkhardt said it looked "like a war zone".

He also said he believes "there was no sabotage" to the train - something he is reported to have alleged earlier.

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