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Date: Feb 25, 2019

UPDATE: The exact reason behind multiple train cars derailing Saturday evening is still unknown, according to Ogle County Sheriff's Department investigators.

Nearly 100 empty rail cars, stored on the tracks between Gale Road and Oregon Trail, began to move southeast for an unknown reason. They hit a derailing device and caused 17 of the 99 empty cars to go off the tracks. One car damaged a ComEd power pole before stopping in a ditch off Pines Road. 

Illinois Railway owns the railway and Omni Track operates it. 

Investigators closed Pines Road until the investigation is complete.

 Source: WIFR

Iraqi President Barham Saleh said Monday that 13 French Islamic State group fighters who were transferred to Iraq last week will be tried on Iraqi soil. 

"They are accused of having commanded operations against Iraqis and Iraqi installations in Iraq, and they will be tried according to Iraqi law," Saleh told a press conference in Paris with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "We are acting within the confines of international law on this matter."

France has long maintained that any of its nationals caught in Syria or Iraq should be tried locally, a stance that critics say could leave them facing the death penalty, which is outlawed in France.

Macron reiterated this position Monday, saying that "it is up to the authorities of these countries to decide, sovereignly, if they will be tried there".

Read more: France 24

Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes. 

The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. 

Read more: Reuters

A passenger who took a crew member hostage and threatened to storm the cockpit on a flight from Dhaka in Bangladesh was carrying a toy gun.

The 25-year-old man was shot dead by police after an emergency landing.

All 148 passengers and crew on board Birman Airlines flight BG147 disembarked safely after the landing, in the city of Chittagong.

Officials later said the man was "psychologically imbalanced" and had wanted to talk to the prime minister.

In an operation that lasted about 10 minutes, Bangladeshi special forces stormed the plane and shot the suspected hijacker, who has been named by local law enforcement as aspiring actor Mohammad Palash Ahmed.

It was feared that he was carrying explosives on the Dubai-bound flight, and some passengers said they saw him with a firearm.

But Chittagong police commissioner Kusum Dewan said in a statement on Monday that the suspect was carrying a toy pistol and had no explosives on him.

Read more: BBC News