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Brazil landslides kill 13 as heavy downpour continues

Bras - At least 13 people have been killed in deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain in northeastern Brazil, and officials warned Tuesday havoc could continue as downpours persist.

52 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide: Officials

Kabul - At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan's remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials said.

'Missing' victims add to Bangladesh factory collapse agony

Dhaka - Holding a photograph of her son in one hand and a bone in another, Mehera stands silently surrounded by rubble at the site which once housed Bangladesh's ill-fated Rana Plaza factory complex.

World's first academy to train local aid workers launched in London

London - The world's first academy to train local aid workers and volunteers as first responders to disasters that occur in their own countries was launched in London on Monday.

Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials

Sendai - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan

Sendai - Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Toukyo - Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of a quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many.

Defiant Concordia skipper Schettino vows to clear his name

Rome - Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino has vowed that he will never accept his conviction for abandoning ship on the night of the 2012 cruise ship disaster.

Tearful Concordia skipper pleads for mercy over fatal shipwreck

- Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was Wednesday awaiting judgement at the end of his 19-month trial for causing the 2012 disaster after an emotional last-minute appeal for mercy.

Court told 'tsunami of evidence' against Costa skipper as verdict nears

- Prosecutors seeking a lengthy prison term for Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino summed up their case Tuesday by saying there was a "tsunami of evidence" against him.

Defence urges acquittal of 'lifesaving' Concordia skipper

Rome - Lawyers defending Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino called Monday for his acquittal on manslaughter charges, saying their client may have saved many lives in the 2012 disaster.

Aircraft set to get minute-by-minute tracking

A new initiative aims to equip all commercial flights worldwide with technology that would enable minute-by-minute tracking of the plane in times of distress, aiding rescuers and recovery efforts.

'No pity' for Concordia captain, prosecutors demand 26 years in jail

Rome - Italian prosecutors called Monday for judges to show "no pity" to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, demanding he serve 26 years and three months in jail for a shipwreck which killed 32 people.

Missing AirAsia jet found at bottom of Java Sea

Jakarta - The wreckage of missing AirAsia Flight 8501 was located early Tuesday at the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Borneo.

Concordia skipper claims ship was 30 seconds from avoiding disaster

Rome - The Italian ex-captain of the doomed Costa Concordia claimed at his manslaughter trial Saturday that "with 30 more seconds" -- and warning from his crew -- the cruise ship's deadly crash could have been averted."We almost managed to avoid the rock.

Concordia skipper says delayed evacuation saved lives

Rome - The captain of the Costa Concordia told his manslaughter trial Wednesday that gravity not cowardice had been behind his decision to abandon ship with passengers and crew still aboard.

Concordia skipper admits showing off, but not to blonde

- Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino told a court Tuesday that he was showing off when he steered the cruise ship onto rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.

Protests as Bhopal marks 30th anniversary of disaster

Bhopal - Protesters in the Indian city of Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemical and displayed placards demanding justice as they marked the 30th anniversary Tuesday of the world's deadliest industrial disaster.

30 years on, fight for justice still rages in Bhopal

Bhopal - Nearly deaf and riddled with cancer and ulcers, 90-year-old Rampyari Bai insists she will never give up fighting for justice for victims of the world's worst industrial disaster.

Japan governor approves first reactor restart

Toukyo - The final obstacle to restarting two nuclear reactors in Japan was removed Friday when local politicians granted approval for a plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors

Koslanda - Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Haputale - Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort

Haputale - Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone alive.

Heavy diggers join hunt for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

- Rescue workers stepped up their desperate search Thursday for survivors of a landslide in Sri Lanka which is feared to have buried alive 100 people on a tea plantation, deploying heavy diggers to claw through the mud.

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".
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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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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A destroyed road in Vermont, due to Hurricane Irene
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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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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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Flooded houses at Harbor Town in Memphis
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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The ferry Sewol sinking.
The ferry Sewol sinking.
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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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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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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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Fires in Texas are the kind that often require FEMA information or assistance.
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JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
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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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