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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.

Senegal suspends sports events after football deaths

Dakar - Senegal on Sunday suspended all sports and cultural events until elections at the end of the month, a day after eight people died in a football stadium disaster.

Three dead as blaze tears through Hawaii high-rise

Honolulu - At least three people were killed and a dozen injured Friday when a massive fire tore through a 36-story apartment complex in Honolulu, local media reported.

Over 230 active wildfires raging across British Columbia

Gusting winds, coupled with hot and dry conditions are taking their toll on firefighters battling over 230 wildfires across central and southern British Columbia today.

15 dead, over 100 missing in China landslide

Bejing - Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night.

Around 100 people feared buried in China landslide

Bejing - Chinese authorities launched a frantic search for around 100 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province on Saturday, local authorities said.

Scientists raise concerns over potential nuclear disaster in U.S.

Nuclear-waste fires in nuclear reactors in the U.S. are a 'real risk' according to Princeton University researchers. Under these conditions, nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate.

'Get back on board!': the cruise ship captain afraid of the dark

Rome - He will go down in history as the captain who refused to return aboard the sinking Costa Concordia, saying it was too dark to help save lives in a tragedy that killed 32 people.

Concordia shipwreck captain jailed as appeal fails

Rome - The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner turned himself in Friday after Italy's highest court upheld his 16-year prison sentence for the tragedy that killed 32 people.

German court allows trial over Love Parade disaster

Berlin - A German court ruled Monday that 10 people will face trial accused of negligently causing a catastrophic stampede at a 2010 "Love Parade" techno music festival that killed 21 people.

Italy's top court reviews Concordia captain's case

Rome - Italy's highest court on Thursday began reviewing the case of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank in 2012 leaving 32 people dead.

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn in 2016: Swiss Re

Geneva - Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on

Toukyo - Japan paused Saturday to mark six years since a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated a wide swathe of its northeastern coast as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home.The magnitude 9.

Belgium marks Zeebrugge ferry disaster 30 years on

Brussels - Belgium paid homage on Monday to the 193 people who died when the "Herald of Free Enterprise" ferry capsized off the port of Zeebrugge 30 years ago.

Ex Italy rail bosses sentenced over 2009 disaster

Lucca - Mauro Moretti, the former head of Italian railways, was Tuesday among a string of executives sentenced provisionally to prison terms over a 2009 freight train disaster that killed 32 people.

Natural disaster damage hits 4-year high: Munich Re

Frankfurt Am Main - Natural disasters including storms and earthquakes caused $175 billion of damage in 2016, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said Wednesday, the highest level since 2012.

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.
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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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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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Amex mailer sent out to customers yesterday
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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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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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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Many historic Northern California buildings were damaged in the West Napa quake, including the city of Napa's 1870 courthouse, shown here surrounded by emergency fencing after the 6.0 shaker.
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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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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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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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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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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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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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MOURNING: Visitors linger May 1 at a public memorial for victims of the South Korea ferry disaster a...
MOURNING: Visitors linger May 1 at a public memorial for victims of the South Korea ferry disaster at the Hwarang Public Garden in Ansan, the location of the high school where most of the victims attended.
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Last Sunday morning s earthquake was powerful enough to damage hundreds of Northern California homes...
Last Sunday morning's earthquake was powerful enough to damage hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses.
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Fires in Texas are the kind that often require FEMA information or assistance.
The ferry Sewol sinking.
The ferry Sewol sinking.
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