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Fukushima operator told to compensate for suicide of 102-year-old

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home.

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Taipei - Rescuers Sunday ended their search of a Taiwan building partially toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake as the last trapped pair were presumed dead, bringing the final death toll to 17.

Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima's nuclear power operator is hoping to double the number of visitors to its tsunami-ravaged facilities by 2020, seeking to use the Olympic spotlight to clean up the region's image.

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Washington - Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war, along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday.

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Washington - Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday.

MH17 families voice concerns over new discovery of remains

Den Haag - Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster have called for greater respect for victims' remains fearing some may be "playing a game" after a new discovery of bones.

In Africa, 15,000 per day internally displaced: monitors

Geneva - Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said Wednesday. A total of 2.

Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 61

Danang - The death toll from typhoon downpours and floods wreaking havoc along Vietnam's south-central coast has risen to 61, an official said Tuesday, as the country opens its doors to world leaders for this week's APEC summit.

Vietnam flood toll hits 49 ahead of APEC summit

At least 49 people have died after Typhoon Damrey slammed into central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday, as heavy flooding cast doubt on a planned retreat for APEC leaders' spouses to the ancient town of Hoi An.

Indonesian fireworks factory owner named suspect over deadly blaze

Jakarta - Three suspects have been named in connection to a deadly blaze at an Indonesian fireworks factory that killed 48 workers and was caused by sparks from welding equipment, police said Saturday.

Indonesia police question factory staff over deadly blaze

Jakarta - The owner of an Indonesian fireworks factory where 47 people died after a blaze tore through the building is being questioned, police said Friday, as labour organisations said the incident has exposed inadequate workplace safety standards.

Indonesia fireworks factory blaze kills 46, injures dozens

Tangerang - At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.

Indonesia fireworks factory fire leaves 23 dead, dozens injured

Jakarta - Newly two dozen people have been killed and dozens injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.

Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

Hanoi - At least 37 people have died and another 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravage north and central Vietnam, destroying homes and leaving rescuers scrambling to find survivors, disaster officials said Thursday.

Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

Hanoi - At least 37 people were killed and another 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said Thursday.

Widespread destruction in central Vietnam after major typhoon

Ha Tinh - Shaken residents in central Vietnam were piecing their homes and businesses back together Saturday after a powerful typhoon hammered large swathes of coast and killed at least four people.

Three dead as Typhoon Doksuri lashes central Vietnam

Typhoon Doksuri wreaked havoc on central Vietnam Friday, lashing the coast with fierce winds and heavy rains as tens of thousands were evacuated and three people were reported dead in the country's worst storm in years.

Harvey devours Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas as its moves on

When Tropical Storm Harvey came onshore Wednesday morning, it slowed long enough to devour two more Texas cities, leaving Beaumont and Port Arthur underwater after unleashing over two feet of rain in southeastern Texas.

Bangladesh court jails Rana Plaza owner for graft: prosecutor

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Tuesday jailed the Rana Plaza owner for three years for graft, the first of many charges laid against him after the garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people.

Sierra Leone warns against swimming in Freetown waters

Freetown - Authorities in Sierra Leone on Tuesday warned tourists and locals against swimming in the capital's waters after 60 bodies washed up following deadly flooding and mudslides in Freetown last week.

'It could have been me': S.Leone struggles to recover from disaster

Freetown - Gathered in a Freetown church, worshippers struggled Sunday to come to terms with the devastation wrought by the flooding and mudslide that struck the Sierra Leone capital six days ago, as the arduous search for bodies continued.

Mass burials begin for 300 Sierra Leone flood victims

Freetown - Sierra Leone buried at least 300 victims of devastating floods on Thursday, as fears grew of more mudslides and accusations of government "inaction" over deforestation and poor urban planning mounted.

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Freetown - Sierra Leone began a weeklong period of national mourning on Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were killed by the mudslides and torrential flooding that have left 600 people still missing in Freetown, in one of the worst natural disasters to hi...

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Freetown - Sierra Leone's president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing.

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

Freetown - At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving morgues overflowing and residents desperately searching for loved ones.

Ten held in custody over Senegal stadium disaster

Dakar - Ten members of a Senegalese football club arrested over a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup final have been taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with spectre of killer quake

Toukyo - For modern Olympic host cities, the twin threats of terrorism and financial ruin constantly loom.But spare a thought for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who face the added risk of a devastating earthquake or tsunami.
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