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Train Attack Attempts to Disrupt Peace Talks

According to a Reuters news article, two bombs that exploded on a train bound from India to Pakistan have killed over 66 people. The explosion has been identified as an attempt to disrupt peace talks between the two nations. Two undetonated bombs were recovered from the train, indicating that the attack could have been much worse.

The article is an international story, and the journalist has approached the issue assuming that readers may have little familiarity with the situation and clarifies the past relationship between India and Pakistan. The lead is hard and details the events of the story, but then goes into giving the reactions of some of the important figures involved, who insist that the attack will not affect them. The article then begins a new section, which focuses on the drama that the moment contained and graphically describes the scenario and the danger. There are then quotes from families complaining about lack of security, and talks about how the attacks occurred almost 5 years from a set of different attacks.

A BBC News article covering the same story begins by emphasizing that the nations would not let the attacks disrupt their peace talks, rather than focusing on the carnage of the incident itself. It is a bit more optimistic in this way, although the graphic scenes are still described later on. The big important quote from the Pakistani president insisting that their resolve will be stiffened is still a focal point, but more quotes from witnesses are added to give the dramatic parts more weight.

Of the two articles, I prefer the BBC News' coverage of the event because of their emphasis on the larger repurcussions for the two countries early on in the article, showing that the acts of terrorism are not disrupting nations' search for peace overall. It's important to stress this aspect of the article in addition to the tragic part, and while they both do a good job at these tasks I think it works better for the major political effects to be upfront like they are on the BBC News story.