Will the international news stories be returning to the site any time soon?
Not in their previous form, which was the reason for their removal - there being so many it was impossible to get through them unless you had all day, and more, not to mention the storage they were consuming. They had to be stopped. I think, and I stand corrected if I am wrong, that TonyMercury even admitted that he posted them as a sort of private archive some years back. Then the other one came in and flooded the place for a few years until action was finally taken.
This is, after all, an Australian site - its called Railpage Australia. Those who want Europe, Asia, US, etc should go looking for it elsewhere - about 95% of what was posted here in recent years was just a collection of reposts in any case. Sorting out the remaining 5% would obviously be very difficult for the admins.
I don't think International has a place here in any case, even though I did post some trip reports (as did others) and some other items of interest in the EU section (my very first post in 2007 was in there) which have of course now gone.
The new forum now, to me, is worthless, and may as well follow its predecessor into the hidden archives.
EDIT - as mentioned a few posts above, it seems the news stories are now in a different section - heaps of them: