The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 6th, 2022 evening edition

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Only a massive -- and accelerated -- expansion of the high-speed network can achieve these hugely ambitious targets, but are they a realistic and affordable proposition?.

Unlike many parts of the world, Europe already has thousands of kilometers of dedicated high-speed railway.

Now a body of European organizations have committed to a new study highlighting the numerous benefits of an expanded high-speed rail network connecting national capitals and major cities.

These include the European Commission, the Community of European Railways, the European Rail Supply Industry and ALLRAIL, which represents non-state-owned railways.

Spain has invested heavily in its own high-speed rail network.

Sitting in the center of Europe, sharing borders with nine other nations, Germany will play a major role in any pan-European network.

The outcomes of this study must enable high-speed rail to become the backbone of long-distance travel in Europe.". »

Canadian mountain no longer named for Nazi collaborator thanks to father and son

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Canadian mountain no longer named for Nazi collaborator, thanks to father and son.

As It Happens 5:22 Canadian mountain no longer named for Nazi collaborator, thanks to father and son.

Duncan Taylor says his late father would be pleased that a Canadian mountain he loved no longer bears the name of a Nazi collaborator — but, unfortunately, he's not around to see it. »

July 4 parade shooting suspect slipped past Illinois "red flag" safeguards

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., July 5 (Reuters) - The man charged with killing seven people at a Chicago-area July Fourth parade slipped past the safeguards of an Illinois "red flag" law designed to prevent people deemed to have violent tendencies from getting guns, officials revealed on Tuesday.

But no arrest was made as authorities at the time lacked probable cause to take him into custody, the sheriff's sergeant said.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Highland Park, Ill., Writing and additional reporting and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel. »

Kazakhstan holds the keys to a new geopolitical balance in Asia

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While the U.S. successfully shaped a unified response to Russia’s aggression, it is overlooking a critical piece of a new geopolitical landscape: Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Spanning nearly 2,000 miles across the heart of the Asian continent, Kazakhstan can either hold that alliance together or spoil it.

In 2015, after Turkey downed a Russian jet over the Turkish-Syrian border, Kazakhstan brought the two sides to the table. »

Mentally ill man believed killing his landlord and eating his heart would end evil in the world, inquest hears

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An Italian national who was diagnosed with schizophrenia believed killing his landlord and eating his victim’s heart would put an end to evil in the world, an inquest has heard.

The inquest heard Bellante had been receiving treatment for his schizophrenia in Ireland since arriving here in 2011.

While Bellante knew that killing someone was morally wrong, Dr Monks said he became convinced that Mr O’Gorman’s killing was right and entirely justified. »