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Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Natural disasters push 26 million into poverty annually: World Bank

Marrakesh - Natural disasters drive at least 26 million people into poverty each year and cause more than $500 billion in lost consumption, far exceeding the value of damage to property alone, according to a World Bank report released Monday.

Record heat in 2016 but no drop in CO2 emissions: reports

Marrakesh - The year 2016 is on track to be the hottest on record, the UN forecast Monday, while the World Bank calculated that 26 million people slip into poverty annually due to natural disasters, reflecting the risks posed by climate change.

Extreme weather warnings at UN climate meeting

Marrakesh - Many of the deadly heatwaves and hurricanes, droughts and floods this decade have borne the imprint of man-made global warming, said a series of reports Tuesday that warned of worse to come.

Brazil charges 21 over deaths in mine dam collapse: prosecutor

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian federal prosecutors announced homicide charges Thursday against 21 people, including senior mining executives, allegedly responsible for the deadly collapse of the Samarco iron-ore mine dam last year.

UN chief urges against aid 'fatigue' in hurricane-hit Haiti

Port-au-prince - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced distress Saturday at the "absolute devastation" caused by a deadly hurricane in Haiti, and disappointment at scant emergency aid reaching the struggling nation.

Stampede kills 24 at religious gathering in India

Varanasi - A stampede at a religious gathering in northern India killed at least 24 people Saturday as thousands of devotees of a controversial guru tried to cross a bridge at once, police said.

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Haiti on Saturday to visit areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew as a UN funding appeal for the Caribbean nation drew few donors.

Typhoon Malakas slams Japan, heading toward Tokyo

Toukyo - A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Tuesday, leaving at least three dozen people injured and one missing, as torrential rains caused serious flooding that washed away a bridge and inundated homes and cars.

Lionrock death toll at 17 as Japan braces for new typhoon

Toukyo - The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said Sunday a new storm threatens the country's southwest.

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 14

Toukyo - The death toll from a devastating typhoon in northern Japan rose to 14, officials said Friday, as another powerful storm approached the country's south.Two bodies were found separately near rivers on the island of Hokkaido, a police spokesman told AFP....

17 unaccounted for in typhoon-hit northern Japan

Toukyo - Seventeen people were unaccounted for in Japan Thursday after Typhoon Lionrock tore through the north of the country, leaving 11 people dead and some 1,600 cut off in isolated communities, officials said.

Japan typhoon kills nine in elderly home

Toukyo - Surging flood water and mud brought by a devastating typhoon killed nine people in an elderly care home in northern Japan, officials said Wednesday, after the third storm in two weeks ripped through the country.

Japan marks Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a US atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.

Fukushima reactor makers not liable: Japan court

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.

China floods leave more than 100 dead or missing: Report

Bejing - Flooding in China's Yangtze river basin has left 112 people dead or missing in recent days, media said Tuesday, with more damage feared from a typhoon expected to land within days.

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: Study

Sydney - Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday.Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.

China mounts rescue efforts as tornado toll hits 98

Yancheng - Survivors scrabbled through the rubble of their homes Friday after hurricane-force winds and a tornado left at least 98 dead in China, with hundreds more injured.

Floods in south China kill 22: State media

Bejing - Heavy flooding in central China has killed 22 people and displaced 197,000 since Saturday, state media said on Monday.A total of 20 people are still missing, the official Xinhua news agency said, after summer rainstorms were heavier than usual.

35 dead in Indonesian floods, landslides

Banjarnegara - Flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have killed at least 35 people and destroyed dozens of homes, an official said Sunday, as searchers scoured devastated villages for survivors.

Captain awaits appeal verdict over Concordia disaster

Florence - Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino was on Tuesday due to hear the outcome of his appeal against his lengthy jail sentence for the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster that left 32 people dead.

Wars displace record 40.8 million people in the world, report shows

London - The number of people internally displaced by conflicts around the world rose last year to a record 40.8 million people, a report out on Wednesday showed.

Costa Concordia captain shirks blame at Italy shipwreck appeal

Florence - Disgraced skipper Francesco Schettino Thursday began his battle to avoid prison for the 2012 cruise ship disaster off Italy in which 32 people died, his lawyers arguing that others should shoulder the blame.

Fans 'unlawfully killed' in Britain's Hillsborough disaster

Warrington - The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury found Tuesday, blaming police for the worst tragedy in the history of British sport.

Taiwan party organiser jailed for fireball that killed 15

Taipei - The organiser of a party which saw a fireball rip through a Taiwan waterpark, leaving 15 dead and hundreds injured, was jailed for almost five years Tuesday as the court cited the "excruciating pain" of the bereaved.

'Rana Plazas everywhere': Danger still haunts Bangladesh

Dhaka - As they jostle for space on the floor, with the door to their fire escape padlocked, the seamstresses cannot help but recall the carnage when another of Bangladesh's garment factories collapsed three years ago.

Pakistan rescuers race to reach thousands stranded by rains

Peshawar - Rescuers were battling Monday to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan's northwest and parts of Kashmir, officials said, as the death toll rose to 55.

Mongolia herders face disaster: Red Cross

Bejing - Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.

Atomic experts to team up on Fukushima clean-up

Toukyo - The Japanese government will team up with experts in the United States and France to develop brand new technologies to collect melted fuel from crippled reactors at Fukushima, an official said Monday.
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