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Russia sees drastic increase in mortality due to Covid-19 in 2020

Moscow - Russia recorded a dramatic increase in mortality in 2020 fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new official figures released Monday that showed more than 162,000 virus-related deaths.

Stacks of coffins: German crematorium struggles in pandemic

Mei - Some coffins are marked "infection risk", others have "corona" scrawled in chalk, many have the box for "no memorial service" ticked, though the hall for such ceremonies has been turned into a temporary mortuary anyway.

UK hospitals overwhelmed as COVID cases and deaths spike

Public Health England (PHE) is reporting 1,325 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test - the highest figure reported on any day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The number of cases reported in the past 24 hours was 68,053.

US military rejects 'one-sided' report on Afghan civilian deaths

Kabul - The US military in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected a "one-sided" report that found civilian casualties caused by American and coalition air strikes soared after Washington relaxed its rules of engagement.

Op-Ed: Over 3,000 people died from COVID-19 in the U.S. on Wednesday

On Wednesday, hospitalizations for coronavirus topped 100,000, while the total number of cases in the United States climbed close to 14 million. The most distressing figure is the 3,008 deaths recorded in one day.

As coronavirus deaths mount, virus testing is dropping in U.S.

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend. A couple things are going on.

Op-Ed: Not wearing a face mask during the pandemic is just plain stupid

Wearing a face mask or choosing not to wear one goes beyond political affiliations - for some people it is a matter of their personal freedom being taken away. But we live in a country where we are governed by rules meant to keep us safe.

Australian PM ends holiday to face fire crisis

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut short a Hawaii holiday on Friday following a barrage of criticism for vacationing while his country battles an unprecedented bushfire crisis.

Four more deaths in Bolivia protests: rights commission

La Paz - Four more people have died in protests in Bolivia, raising the total number killed in the political unrest to 23, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Saturday.

Vietnam arrests two in UK truck death investigation

Hanoi - Vietnam police have arrested two people for trafficking in connection with the death of 39 migrants whose bodies were found in a truck in Britain, many of them feared to be Vietnamese.

Fast-moving and mysterious illness killing Norway's dogs

Oslo - Norwegian veterinary authorities fear a mysterious and potentially fatal dog illness is spreading quickly around the country. Several hundred dogs are believed to have been infected and even died before their owners could get them to a vet.

Lightning strike kills five in Polish, Slovak mountains

Warsaw - At least five people, including two children, were killed and more than 100 others were injured Thursday during a sudden thunderstorm in Poland and Slovakia's Tatra mountains, according to rescuers and officials.

Deadly unrest in Latin America's prisons

Rio De Janeiro - The deadly riot in a prison at Altamira in northern Brazil, which left more than 50 dead on Monday, is the latest unrest in Latin America's notoriously overcrowded jails.

US military has a climate crisis problem — heat-related injuries

At least 17 military personnel have died of heat exposure during training exercises at U.S. military bases since 2008, according to the Pentagon. Fort Benning, Georgia reports 1,500 heat-related injuries in the last five years.

Waterlogged central U.S. to get more rain as rivers rise higher

Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. braced Wednesday for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma and caused at least four deaths.

German police find two more bodies linked to crossbow killings

Munich - German police said Monday two more female bodies had been found during investigations into the deaths of three people discovered in a Bavarian hotel room and killed by crossbow bolts.

Three bodies found with crossbow bolts in German hotel

Berlin - German police were investigating Sunday the deaths of three people found in a Bavarian hotel room with crossbow bolts in their bodies.

Death toll rises to 7 as Cyclone Fani makes landfall in India

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to strike India in the last 20 years, made landfall around 8 a.m. Friday morning, local time, pummeling the country's east coast with the equivalent force of a Category 3 hurricane.

January 6 is the worst day for accidents and fatalities

Thinking of going out on January 6 this year or any year? You might be better staying in. Statistics show you are more likely to die on January 6 than any other day of the year.

Notable deaths in the music business in 2018

Digital Journal lists some of the most notable deaths in the music industry in 2018. These include Aretha Franklin, Avicii, Joe Jackson and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, among others.

BMJ study — Parachutes don't save people who fall out of planes

The BMJ journal Christmas issue has not let readers down - producing another ground-breaking satirical study to wrap our minds around as we celebrate the holidays. BMJ takes on parachute safety, but the study is "well-grounded."

Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year: WHO

Geneva - Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organization said Friday, demanding global action.

Heatwave death threat soars for elderly, city dwellers

Paris - More than 150 million vulnerable people worldwide were exposed to potentially life-threatening heatwaves last year, scientists said Thursday, warning that climate change posed an unprecedented global health risk.

Superbugs to 'kill millions' by 2050 unless countries act

Paris - Millions of people in Europe, North America and Australia will die from superbug infections unless countries prioritise fighting the growing threat posed by bacteria immune to most known drugs, experts predicted Wednesday.

DEA — US had Over 200 deaths per day from drug overdoses in 2017

DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced results of the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs.

Mediterranean crossings 'deadlier than ever': UN

Geneva - Even as the number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen sharply, the likelihood of dying during the dangerous voyage has risen significantly, the UN said Monday.

Lost at sea: 'Thousands' of dead migrants never identified

Fass - In 2006, Khady Dieye's husband left the family home on Senegal's northern coast and boarded a dugout canoe in the hope of reaching Spain.

Israel opens probe into soldiers who killed two Gaza protesters

Jerusalem - Israel's army announced Tuesday an investigation into soldiers who shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in separate incidents on the Gaza border, the first such probe in months of protests and clashes.

Syria recorded 68,000 deaths in 2017: registry chief

Beirut - Syria's civil registries recorded 68,000 deaths in the war-torn country in 2017, pro-regime daily Al-Watan reported its head as saying Thursday.

Number of Mediterranean deaths soars even as crossings plummet: UN

Geneva - The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen dramatically, but the likelihood of dying while attempting the dangerous voyage has grown exponentially, the UN said Friday.
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