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Russia must 'account for role' in MH17 tragedy: G7

Ottawa - Russia must "account for its role" in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world's industrial democracies said on Sunday.

Japan PM meets rain disaster survivors, pledges more aid

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Friday with survivors of devastating rains that killed at least 204 people in flash flooding and landslides, as the government pledged more aid.

10 dead, hundreds of houses destroyed in Afghan landslide: officials

Kabul - At least 10 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan after melting snow triggered a landslide, officials said Thursday.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll tops 200

Apo - Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed more than 200 people.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

Apo - Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed nearly 200 people.

Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 disaster that killed 301

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday handed jail terms of up to 22 years to five top managers convicted of negligence over Turkey's worst ever mining disaster, which claimed hundreds of lives.

Turkey jails mine boss for 15 years over 2014 Soma disaster

Kayseri - A Turkish court on Wednesday jailed for 15 years the chief executive of the Soma mine where 301 people were killed in May 2014 in Turkey's worst ever mining disaster.

Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school

Kurashiki - Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people.

Japan PM meets stranded evacuees in flood disaster zone

Kurashiki - Japan's prime minister met Wednesday with people forced from their homes by devastating rains that have killed at least 179 people, as the government said it would review its disaster management plans.

Survivors of deadly Japan floods face uncertain future

Nihon - As Tomie Takebe looked at the ruins of her flood-ravaged home in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, she struggled to say whether she would ever live there again.

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156

Apo - Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades.

Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo

Apo - Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday.

A desperate wait for news after deadly Japan rains

Nihon - In the devastated Japanese town of Kumano, Kosuke Kiyohara sat quietly, watching rescue workers push through the debris of battered homes and waiting for news of his missing sister and nephews.

Why have record Japan rains been so deadly?

Apo - Japan is famously prone to natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis, and is generally considered well-prepared to cope. So why has record rainfall caused at least 100 deaths?

Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation

Apo - Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water.

Official death toll from record Japan rains rises to 75

Apo - The death toll in record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose to 75 on Monday, according to an official tally, as rescue operations continued.

'I don't know where to start': Rains devastate Japan town

Mihara - Masanori Hiramoto stood before his traditional home in the Japanese town of Mihara, speechless at the destruction caused by record rains that have killed dozens of people."I have lived here all my life.

Toll nears 60 as Japan scrambles to rescue flood victims

Nihon - The death toll from record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose Sunday to at least 57, officials said, as rescue workers and troops struggled in the mud and water to save lives.

Conflict flight highest in a decade: monitors

Geneva - Conflict forced nearly 12 million people to flee within their own country last year, the highest level of such internal displacement in 10 years, international monitors said Wednesday.A total of 11.

At least 32 dead as Kenya dam bursts after torrential rains

Nairobi - At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday.

At least 32 dead as Kenya dam bursts after torrential rains

Nairobi - At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday.

Bangladesh factory disaster survivors demand justice five years on

Savar - Hundreds of Bangladeshis staged protests and tearful tributes Tuesday on the fifth anniversary of one of the world's worst industrial disasters, when the Rana Plaza textile factory complex collapsed and killed at least 1,130 people.

Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors await justice

Savar - The pain of waiting 10 hours with her leg crushed by bodies under the rubble of the Rana Plaza factory was hell for Nilufer Begum. But the five-year wait for justice has been just as agonising.

Mother of Bangladesh disaster factory owner jailed

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court has sentenced the mother of the owner of the notorious Rana Plaza factory complex, which collapsed killing more than 1,100 people, to six years in jail for graft, a prosecutor said Friday.

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on

Apo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing.The magnitude 9.

Dutch MP Wilders under fire after Russia visit

Den Haag - Relatives of victims of the MH17 air disaster demanded an apology Wednesday from far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders following a visit to the Russian parliament where he expressed "friendship" with Moscow.

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.
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JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
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Woman expresses grief and anger at the lives lost during the disaster.
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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Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
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Last Sunday morning's earthquake was powerful enough to damage hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses.
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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A destroyed road in Vermont, due to Hurricane Irene
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Fires in Texas are the kind that often require FEMA information or assistance.
Memorial display for hundreds of schoolchildren killed in the sinking of the ferry Sewol is shown at...
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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Tsunami  Pacific coast of Japan March 11  2011. Photo taken March 24  2011
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...
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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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
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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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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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
Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat.  On April 26  1986  this amusement park was being r...
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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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from...
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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Amex mailer sent out to customers yesterday
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The ferry Sewol sinking.
The ferry Sewol sinking.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
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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