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Record 3,072 migrants killed crossing Mediterranean in 2014

Geneva - More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday.

Op-Ed: The Red Cross — Talking with Volunteer first responders Special

Between 2012 and 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.2 million Americans volunteered in some way. This is one-fifth of the country's population giving approximately eight billion hours at a value of $173 billion.

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

Brussels - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Chani - After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown refugees

Rome - Survivors of Europe's most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers.

'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

Lampedusa - As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described Monday as "the worst shipwreck in years".

Napa woman's death blamed on last month's earthquake

Napa - A 65-year-old Napa resident who died last week of injuries suffered in the Aug. 24 South Napa earthquake has been classified as the first fatality from the 6.0 temblor.

Paris building explosion toll rises to eight

Rosny-sous-bois - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to eight on Monday, including three children, as a desperate search for survivors proved almost fruitless.

Six dead in Paris suburb building explosion

Bobigny - Six people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.

​10 pilgrims killed in temple stampede in India

Bhopal - Ten people were killed and several dozen were injured in a stampede at the Bharat Milap temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50

Hiroshima - The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

Tokyo - The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

Japan death toll could double as landslide fears halt rescue

Tokyo - The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing.

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Tokyo - Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Hiroshima - Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.

Springfield Preppers & Patriots expo draws visitors

The Preppers & Patriots expo in Springfield this weekend is attracting a large turnout from people who wish to learn how to prepare themselves for a future emergency.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Tokyo - Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city's pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands of people gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.

India landslide death toll expected to top 150

New Delhi - Rescuers said Saturday chances were "very slim" of finding more survivors from a devastating mudslide in western India believed to have claimed more than 150 lives as they dug through mud, trees and tangled debris.

China factory explosion kills 68

Kunshan - A massive explosion killed 68 people Saturday as it ripped through a factory in eastern China, officials said, as badly burned victims were rushed to local hospitals.

Google barge becomes Google garbage

"Google barges" was a large ship event meant to float about and showcase projects such as Google Glass. Now one boat was bought by an unknown owner and is allegedly being turned into scrap.

Indian rescue workers lose hope of finding landslide survivors

- Rescue workers were losing hope Friday of finding survivors amid the mud and debris from a major landslide in western India, where 150 people are feared to have been killed.

Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

- Rescuers were desperately searching into the night Thursday for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.

More than 150 feared dead in India monsoon landslide

- The death toll from a major landslide Wednesday in western India was expected to exceed 150, a health official said, after heavy monsoon rains sent mud and rocks tumbling onto homes.

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Tokyo - Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

Wrecked Costa Concordia enters Italian port to be scrapped

Genoa - Ship horns blared Sunday as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into the Italian port of Genoa to be scrapped two and a half years after it capsized in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa

Genoa - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

Costa Concordia wreck leaves Giglio on final voyage

Giglio - Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead.

Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Wednesday

Giglio - Italian salvage workers have pushed back by a day to Wednesday the departure of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck from the island of Giglio.
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MOURNING: Visitors linger May 1 at a public memorial for victims of the South Korea ferry disaster a...
MOURNING: Visitors linger May 1 at a public memorial for victims of the South Korea ferry disaster at the Hwarang Public Garden in Ansan, the location of the high school where most of the victims attended.
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Last Sunday morning's earthquake was powerful enough to damage hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses.
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Many historic Northern California buildings were damaged in the West Napa quake, including the city of Napa's 1870 courthouse, shown here surrounded by emergency fencing after the 6.0 shaker.
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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4, where radiation levels remain so high shifts are limited to only 15 minutes per day.
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Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
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A destroyed road in Vermont, due to Hurricane Irene
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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Memorial display for hundreds of schoolchildren killed in the sinking of the ferry Sewol is shown at Hwarang Public Garden in Ansan, South Korea.
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A U.S. Air Force search and rescue team spots a boat tossed on its side amid residential buildings a...
A U.S. Air Force search and rescue team spots a boat tossed on its side amid residential buildings and other debris in Japan
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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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Amex mailer sent out to customers yesterday
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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Fires in Texas are the kind that often require FEMA information or assistance.
Fires in Texas are the kind that often require FEMA information or assistance.
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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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A 3-day long media workshop, organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu, Nepal from 13-16 October brought together, for the first time, journalists from China, India and Bangladesh to deliberate upon the effects of climate change in Brahmaputra/Yurlung Zangbo river basin
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