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Strong Earthquake in Italy kills at least 120, leaves towns in ruins

A man walks amidst rubble following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto. Photo: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy; at least 120 dead and toll expected to rise At least 120 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck a remote area of central Italy on Wednesday, said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, warning that the figure could still rise. Many people are missing and rescuers desperately digging through the rubble to free survivors. An ... Read More »

Korean Air catches fire at Tokyo Airport, passengers evacuated

Korean Air catches fire at Tokyo Airport, passengers evacuated

Korean Air evacuated passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan’s Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. There were 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board. All passengers and crew members disembarked and there were 18 people with injuries, a spokesman for Japan’s transport ministry told. The extent of the injuries isn’t ... Read More »

FlyDubai plane crashes in Southern Russia, 62 dead

FlyDubai plane crashes in Southern Russia, 62 dead

Plane was making its second attempt to land in high winds when the tip of a wing hit the ground and burst into flames DUBAI (United Arab Emirates) – A FlyDubai flight from Dubai to southern Russia has crashed, killing all 62 people on-board, Igor Oder. FlyDubai said preliminary numbers indicate 55 passengers including 33 women, 18 men and 4 ... Read More »

Women’s role vital in addressing climate change: Experts

Debate highlights women's role in addressing climate change

Women leaders discuss why women are the key to transforming society and helping communities become more climate resilient by Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD –  Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt as severely as in the developing world and women primarily are on the front lines of  natural disasters and climate. But women, if fully empowered and supported, can become agents ... Read More »

23 dead as small plane crashes in Nepal

A Tara Air Twin Otter Aircraft, similar to the one which crashed

Children are among 23 people dead after a small aircraft crashed while flying over a mountain range in Nepal KATHMANDU (Nepal) – A small plane crashed in Nepal on Wednesday in a mountainous region of northern Nepal due to bad weather, killing all 23 people on board, a police official said the country’s second air disaster in as many years. ... Read More »

At least 10 killed, several injured in Germany train crash

At least 10 killed, several injured in Germany train crash

GERMANY – Two passenger trains have collided near the town of Bad Aibling in the southern German state of Bavaria. At least ten people have been killed and 108 injured. The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday local time, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of the Bavarian capital of Munich. German authorities said the cause of the ... Read More »

At least 30 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

At least 30 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Several babies and children drowned on Saturday when a boat struck rocks and capsized en route to the Greek island ANKARA (Turkey) – At least 30 people, including five children, drowned off Turkey’s western coast Saturday, Their boat was heading for Lesbos, one of the main Greek islands located just a few kilometers off Turkey’s Aegean coastline. Among the casualties ... Read More »

Six killed, over 100 injured as quake hits India, near Myanmar border

People work on the outer wall of a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal. Photo: Yurreipem Arthur/AP

At least six people were killed and over 100 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit India’s Manipur region today, causing damage to buildings and triggering panic. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was 57 kilometers (35 miles) deep, and initially reported that it had struck inside Myanmar. Manipur is also close to India’s border with Bangladesh. Associated Press ... Read More »

UK PM pledges £40m to bolster flood defences

UK prime minister visited York last week to meet flood relief workers

UK flooding: Government faces calls to overhaul flood defences in showdown talks with key groups Flood defences “overwhelmed” by recent record rainfall will be fixed and bolstered in a £40m package of spending, the prime minister has said. Thousands of homes across northern England were affected after Storm Eva hit on Boxing Day. The £40m package for Yorkshire comes on top ... Read More »

Fire engulfs Dubai’s luxury hotel on New Year’s Eve

A fire has engulfed a Dubai hotel close to where the city is about to hold its New Year celebrations. DUBAI (UAE) – The 63-storey Hotel in Dubai’s Downtown is on fire, with the flames reaching from the ground floor up another 40 storeys of the 63 floor building. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire at the ... Read More »

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