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Grim procession: Indonesia crash victim families give blood for DNA matching

Jakarta - Relatives of Indonesia's plane crash victims formed a grim procession at a Jakarta morgue Tuesday, to give blood so investigators can try to match their DNA to body parts plucked from the murky depths of the Java Sea.

Indonesian plane crash: what we know

Jakarta - A Boeing passenger jet carrying 62 people crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta at the weekend. Here's what we know about the disaster so far:- What happened?

Crew on crashed Indonesian passenger jet did not declare emergency

Jakarta - The crew of an Indonesian passenger jet that crashed off Jakarta at the weekend with 62 people aboard did not declare an emergency or report technical problems before it suddenly plunged into the sea, an investigator said Monday.

Fukushima nuclear debris removal delayed by virus

Fukushima - The removal of nuclear debris from Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant will be delayed by about a year, because the pandemic has set back development of specialised equipment, the plant's operator said Thursday.

Sweden seeks new probe of Estonia ferry wreck after 25 years

Stockholm - Sweden said Friday it would seek to lift a ban on inspections of the wreck of the Estonia ferry, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives in one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century.

One dead, scores feared trapped in India building collapse

- One person was killed and dozens feared trapped after a five-storey apartment building collapsed late Monday in western India, officials said.Estimates of the number of missing people range from 51 to 200, according to various local officials.

Alaska and B.C.'s salmon runs expected to be worst ever recorded

Salmon returns on the west coast look bleak this year. Alaska's salmon returns have been so poor that some communities already are claiming fishery disasters. The sockeye salmon run on B.C.'s Fraser River is expected to be the worst ever recorded.

Apocalyptic scenes as blasts ravage Beirut

Beirut - An entire port engulfed in fire, ships ablaze at sea and crumbling buildings: the site of the massive blast in Beirut's harbour area resembled a post-nuclear landscape.

Chinese rivers and lakes swell perilously as summer flood season crests

Shanghai - Floods across central and eastern China have left more than 140 people dead or missing and are swelling major rivers and lakes to record-high levels, with authorities warning that the worst was yet to come.

Ukraine flooding leaves three dead, hundreds homeless

Kiev - Three people have died and hundreds have fled their homes in western Ukraine following the worst flooding in a decade, authorities said Wednesday.

Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Bejing - Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, state media reported Thursday.

Typhoon forces risky evacuations in virus-hit Philippines

Manila - A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines Thursday, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands of people, many of them heading to cramped shelters without proper safety gear to guard against the coronavirus.

Typhoon forces risky evacuations in virus-hit Philippines

Manila - A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines Thursday, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands already hunkered down at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ex-coast guard chief charged over bungled South Korea ferry rescue

Seoul - A former South Korean coast guard chief was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bungling rescue operations at one of the country's deadliest maritime disasters, when more than 300 people were killed, most of them schoolchildren.

Avalanches kill nearly 40 in eastern Turkey

Ankara - At least 33 people were killed in eastern Turkey Wednesday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before.

A year after Brazil dam breach, the mud has dried but not the tears

Brumadinho - Before saying a prayer for her older sister, Natalia de Oliveira lights a candle and places it next to rosary beads and a photo of her sibling killed in a massive dam collapse in Brazil.

Vale ex-boss charged with homicide over Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the ex-boss of mining giant Vale and 15 others with intentional homicide in a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged mining giant Vale, its German auditor and 16 individuals over a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Philippines Christmas typhoon death toll climbs to 41

Manila - The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.

Philippines' Typhoon Phanfone toll jumps to 28

Manila - The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone's battering of the Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 28, and will likely climb further, authorities said on Friday.

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

Manila - A typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on Thursday.

Indonesia mourns 15 years after Boxing Day tsunami

Banda Aceh - Thousands of mourners flocked to mass graves Thursday in Indonesia's Aceh province to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history.

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

Manila - Tourists on the popular Philippine holiday island of Boracay were stranded on Thursday after a typhoon swept across on Christmas Day, killing at least 16 people in other parts of the country.

US accused of seeking climate funding waiver at UN talks

Madrid - The United States was accused Wednesday of using crunch UN talks to avoid compensating poorer nations hit by climate change, despite its decision to leave the process to limit global warming.

Typhoon Kammuri death toll hits 13 in Philippines

Manila - The number of people killed by Typhoon Kammuri's pounding of the Philippines this week has hit 13, officials said Thursday, as authorities confirmed reports of storm-related deaths.

In nations rich and poor, climate-related disasters on the uptick

Madrid - Japan, the Philippines and Germany top a list of countries worst hit by climate-enhanced extreme weather last year, with Madagascar and India close behind, researchers said Wednesday.

Australians warned worst bushfires may be yet to come

Taree - Sydney is facing a "catastrophic" fire threat, authorities said on Sunday, as firefighters in eastern Australia raced to prepare for worsening conditions after ferocious bushfires devastated communities.

Brazil's Vale failed to report dam defects that could have avoided tragedy: official

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giant Vale failed to report problems at a massive tailings dam in Brazil that could have averted its collapse, killing hundreds, a government agency said Tuesday.

Toll in Philippine quakes climbs to 21

Manila - The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities said Sunday, as survivors struggled to access food and water.The 6.6-magnitude and 6.

Brazil building collapse death toll rises to four: official

Rio De Janeiro - The death toll from a building collapse in Brazil has risen to four, officials said Thursday, but the figure could go higher as rescuers search for another six people reported missing.
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The ferry Sewol sinking.
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