A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Franz Josef Jung, the German defense Minister, today said that troops may remain in Afghanistan for as long as ten years. He said that troops should withdraw when the Afghan troops are able to manage the incidents in the country.


  • “German defence minister sees ISAF troops in Afghanistan for years” — Earth Times, June 3, 2008
  • “German troops to stay in Afghanistan for years” — FOCUS News Agency, June 3, 2008

Police have claimed that the theft of 171 tonnes of railway tacks from a train line between London and Wales could have resulted in a serious crash. “A piece of railtrack could have struck a passing train and caused a serious rail crash, but fortunately this did not happen,” said the local police, in a statement. Anthony Porretta recently pleaded guilty of the theft at Bristol Crown Court.


  • “RAIL LINE THEFT ‘COULD HAVE CAUSED CRASH'” — Bristol Evening Post, June 4, 2008
  • “Track theft ‘could have led to a serious crash’” — South Wales Echo, June 4, 2008
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