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Costa Concordia captain shirks blame at Italy shipwreck appeal

Florence - Disgraced skipper Francesco Schettino Thursday began his battle to avoid prison for the 2012 cruise ship disaster off Italy in which 32 people died, his lawyers arguing that others should shoulder the blame.

Fans 'unlawfully killed' in Britain's Hillsborough disaster

Warrington - The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury found Tuesday, blaming police for the worst tragedy in the history of British sport.

Taiwan party organiser jailed for fireball that killed 15

Taipei - The organiser of a party which saw a fireball rip through a Taiwan waterpark, leaving 15 dead and hundreds injured, was jailed for almost five years Tuesday as the court cited the "excruciating pain" of the bereaved.

'Rana Plazas everywhere': Danger still haunts Bangladesh

Dhaka - As they jostle for space on the floor, with the door to their fire escape padlocked, the seamstresses cannot help but recall the carnage when another of Bangladesh's garment factories collapsed three years ago.

Pakistan rescuers race to reach thousands stranded by rains

Peshawar - Rescuers were battling Monday to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan's northwest and parts of Kashmir, officials said, as the death toll rose to 55.

Mongolia herders face disaster: Red Cross

Bejing - Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.

Atomic experts to team up on Fukushima clean-up

Toukyo - The Japanese government will team up with experts in the United States and France to develop brand new technologies to collect melted fuel from crippled reactors at Fukushima, an official said Monday.

Torrential rains kill 19 in Brazil: officials

S - Torrential rains overnight killed at least 19 people on the outskirts of the Brazilian economic capital Sao Paulo, rescue workers said Friday.

Japan tsunami: nation falls silent five years on

Toukyo - Japan paused on Friday to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast and sparked the worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century.

Japan 'cannot do without' nuclear power: Abe

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said Japan "cannot do without" nuclear power, speaking on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster.On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down over safety fears

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered two regional nuclear reactors to shut down over safety concerns, public broadcaster NHK reported, just days before the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

More than 100 dead in collapsed Taiwan building: rescue agency

Taipei - Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, authorities said on Saturday.

Fukushima chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up

- The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant warned Wednesday that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami -- though insisted the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated.

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Toukyo - Japan on Friday restarted its third nuclear reactor since a country-wide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after a court ruled it was safe despite opposition from local residents.

Freak storm sank China ferry with loss of 450 lives: Report

Bejing - An official inquiry has found that a freak storm caused the sinking of a cruise ship on China's Yangtze river with the death of nearly 450 people and recommended the captain be probed for possible crimes, state media said Wednesday.

Nigerian gas plant blast claims 'tens' of lives, president says

Lagos - "Tens" of people were killed in a huge Christmas Eve blast at an industrial gas plant in southeastern Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday.

One survivor found as China pledges landslide probe

Bejing - Rescuers scrabbling through the debris of a huge three-day-old landslide Wednesday discovered a young man alive in the mud, as China's cabinet announced a probe into the nation's latest industrial accident.

76 still missing in China landslide as hopes fade

Shenzhen - Rescuers struggled to claw away a massive mound of mud engulfing an industrial district in China on Tuesday in a desperate bid to find survivors among 76 missing people following a landslide that occurred despite multiple warnings.

Bangladesh orders mass arrests over 2013 factory disaster

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Monday ordered the arrest of 24 people and seizure of their assets after they failed to turn up to face murder charges over the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people.

Global disaster costs fall in 2015: Swiss Re

Zurich - The economic cost of disasters across the world dropped in 2015 to around $85 billion (78 billion euros) from $113 million last year, reinsurance company Swiss Re said on Friday.

India floods leave 18 hospital patients dead

Chennai - Eighteen hospital patients died overnight in flood-hit Tamil Nadu, Indian health authorities said Friday, with local media reporting their ventilators stopped working when the power failed.

Japan shows off disaster-response robots at android fair

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday displayed a pair of two-legged humanoid robots that can operate in harsh conditions as the country prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions prepares for the next catastrophe.

Technology is changing disaster relief and saving human lives

Disaster responses now revolve around technology. Driven by big data and the almost universal spread of smartphones, it's now apps like Facebook and Twitter that are most useful to both the aid workers helping disaster victims and those people themselves.

China landslide deaths rise to 25

Bejing - The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing, state-run media reported Monday.

Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China

Bejing - A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Farmers lose debt gamble in typhoon-plagued Philippines

Cabanatuan - Philippine rice farmer Francisco Santo Domingo's life is in ruins after losing yet another gamble with nature, but the typhoon that destroyed his crops means gleeful loan sharks have again hit the jackpot.

Party organiser charged over Taiwan water park disaster

Taipei - Prosecutors in Taiwan charged the owner of an events company Friday over an explosion at a "colour party" which left 12 dead and hundreds injured after heat from stage lights triggered a blast that ripped through the crowd.

Seven children among 13 killed in Pakistan landslide

Karachi - Thirteen people including seven children were crushed to death in Karachi Tuesday when a rare landslide struck their thatch huts as they slept, officials said.

Landslide kills 17 in Myanmar: state media

Yangon - A landslide triggered by torrential rains has killed at least 17 people in eastern Myanmar and forced the evacuation of scores more, state media said on Tuesday.

Firefighters gaining control over deadly Northern California fire

San Francisco - Firefighters in Northern California say they have reached 50 percent containment of the deadly Valley Fire that has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes in rural Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.
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Flooded houses at Harbor Town in Memphis
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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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.
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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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Amex mailer sent out to customers yesterday
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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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 and other debris in Japan
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JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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Protester carries a photo of imprisoned American activist Jeremy Hammond during Bhopal protest.
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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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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.