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Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

- Rescuers battled through heavy rains on Thursday in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.
In the Media by Aditya Phatak (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Aditya Phatak (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Amelie Herenstein (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Tuesday

Giglio - Italian salvage workers said they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled.
In the Media by AFP

Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors safe to switch back on

Tokyo - Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a big step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shuttered after the Fukushima crisis.
In the Media by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

Final chains attached to Italy cruise wreck

Giglio - The final chains were being attached to Italy's shipwrecked Costa Concordia on Tuesday, as salvage workers prepared to refloat and tow away the giant cruise liner later this week.
In the Media by AFP

Italy cruise ship toxins threaten wildlife: Activists

Giglio - It's nursing season in Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores -- but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Costa Concordia wreck floats for first time

Giglio - Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship floated for the first time Monday since it crashed in 2012, its rust-coloured hull emerging from the waves off the Tuscan island of Giglio as an unprecedented salvage operation began.
In the Media by Ella IDE (AFP)

South African salvage master to refloat Costa Concordia

Rome - After rescuing a burning ship from pirate-infested waters off Yemen and a sinking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, South African salvage master Nick Sloane faces his biggest test yet off an idyllic Mediterranean island.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn (AFP)

The magnetic field of Earth is weakening 10X faster than expected

There is some concern about how the flipping process of our Earth's poles has sped up. Now instead of thousands of years some estimates put it at hundreds. What does this mean for most of us?
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 10 comments

Italy cruise ship removal planned to start July 14

Rome - An unprecedented operation to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship is planned to begin on Monday -- two and a half years after it foundered off the Tuscan island of Giglio, salvage coordinators said.
In the Media by AFP

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Underwater footage shows inside doomed Italy cruise ship

Rome - Italian police have released footage of inside the ghostly shell of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, ahead of an operation to float and remove the wreck from the Tuscan island of Giglio.
In the Media by AFP

More survivors found in rubble of collapsed India building

New Delhi - Emergency workers pulled out three more survivors from the rubble of a collapsed building in southern India Tuesday as authorities said they expected to wrap up rescue efforts by the end of the day.
In the Media by AFP

Survivors pulled from rubble of India building tragedy

New Delhi - Rescuers plucked two survivors from the ruins of a collapsed apartment block in southern India on Monday as they raced against the clock to find dozens more people feared trapped in the rubble.
In the Media by Pamposh Raina (AFP)

Dozens who survived South Korea ferry disaster return to school

Ansan - South Korean schoolkids who survived last April's catastrophic ferry sinking that killed 250 classmates returned to class Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends and teachers.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Fukushima struggling to build ice wall to plug radioactive leak

Tokyo - The operator of Japan's battered Fukushima nuclear power plant said Tuesday it was having trouble with the early stages of an ice wall being built under broken reactors to contain radioactive water.
In the Media by AFP

Sunken cruise ship Concordia to be scrapped in Italy

Rome - An Italian port has beaten off foreign competition to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the Tuscan coast in 2012, leaving 32 dead."I can confirm that...
In the Media by AFP

Ferry disaster overshadows South Korean elections

Seoul - South Korea's opposition parties are expected to reap an election bonanza from seething public anger over the government's mishandling of the ferry disaster as campaigning for next month's local polls opened on Thursday.
In the Media by Chan Kyong Park (AFP)

Scores dead, hundreds trapped in coal mine disaster in Turkey

Soma - More than 150 miners are dead and hundreds more missing Tuesday after an explosion and fire crippled a coal mine in western Turkey.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Protests on Dhaka factory disaster anniversary

Dhamrai - Western fashion brands faced pressure Thursday to increase help for victims of the world's worst garment factory accident, as mass protests marked the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh disaster that cost 1,138 lives.
In the Media by Shafiqul Alam, Kamrul Khan (AFP)

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

Dhamrai - She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.
In the Media by AFP

Emotional, violent protests a year after Bangladesh disaster

Dhamrai - Thousands of Bangladeshis held emotional and violent protests on the one-year anniversary of the world's worst garment factory disaster, as Western retailers faced pressure to hike aid for victims of the accident that cost 1,138 lives.
In the Media by Shafiqul Alam, Kamrul Khan (AFP)

Microsoft uses South Korea ferry disaster to promote Office 365

Microsoft South Korea has seized the recent sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol to promote the company's Office 365 in a particularly tasteless piece of promotion.
In the Media by James Walker - 4 comments

Liverpool set to honour Hillsborough dead, 25 years on

Liverpool - Liverpool Football Club will on Tuesday hold their annual memorial service for the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, which occurred 25 years ago to the day.
In the Media by AFP
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
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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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Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat.  On April 26  1986  this amusement park was being r...
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Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, this amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day celebrations when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred.
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Woman expresses grief and anger at the lives lost during the disaster.
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Woman expresses grief and anger at the lives lost during the disaster.
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
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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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Memorial display for hundreds of schoolchildren killed in the sinking of the ferry Sewol is shown at...
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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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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from...
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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, while surveying storm damage in Brigantine, N.J.
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A destroyed road in Vermont  due to Hurricane Irene
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A destroyed road in Vermont, due to Hurricane Irene
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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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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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Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
Sanjay Verma
Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
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Flooded houses at Harbor Town in Memphis
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Flooded houses at Harbor Town in Memphis
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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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A 3-day long media workshop  organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu  Nepal fr...
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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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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Tsunami  Pacific coast of Japan March 11  2011. Photo taken March 24  2011
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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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A U.S. Air Force search and rescue team spots a boat tossed on its side amid residential buildings a...
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katrina R. Menchaca
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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