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Evacuees find safe haven as wildfires engulf Canada oil region

Canada - Sitting on the tailgate of his truck, strumming his guitar, the only item that he was able to salvage in a hurried evacuation of Fort McMurray as wildfires raged closer to the Canadian oil city, Alan Javierto says: "I just want to go home.

Israeli fighters scramble to intercept undeclared airliner

Jerusalem - Israel scrambled fighter planes Saturday to intercept an unidentified passenger aircraft entering its airspace and escorted it to land at Tel Aviv, the Israeli military told AFP.

Storms leave three million without water in Chile capital

Santiago - Three million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water on Saturday after heavy rain caused landslides that fouled the rivers supplying the city, officials said.

13 Dutch hikers rescued from mountains in central Norway

Oslo - Thirteen Dutch hikers have been found in good health by rescuers on snowmobiles after being stranded in the mountains of central Norway, where helicopters were unable to reach them because of blizzards and worries about avalanches, police said Friday.

EU launches medical emergency corps

Brussels - The European Union on Monday launched its own medical corps to respond faster to emergencies such as the recent Ebola outbreak, with the capacity to act both within and outside the bloc.

State of emergency declared in California gas leak

Los Angeles - The governor of California declared a state of emergency in a Los Angeles community where a massive gas leak has forced thousands of nearby residents from their homes.

Mali reimposes state of emergency until year's end

Bamako - Mali reimposed a nationwide state of emergency for the final 10 days of the year to head off any terror threats, after a deadly jihadist attack in the capital last month.

Red Cross seeking permission to work in IS territory

Ginebra - The International Committee of the Red Cross has said it is trying to establish relations with the Islamic State group in hopes of delivering aid to the 10 million people living under its control.

Mali declares 10-day state of emergency following hotel attack

Bamako - Mali's government declared a 10-day nationwide state of emergency Friday evening after a jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital Bamako that left least 27 people dead.

French parliament approves 3-month state of emergency extension

Paris - French lawmakers gave near-unanimous backing Friday to a three-month extension of the state of emergency introduced following the attacks in Paris in which 130 people died.

Facts about France's state of emergency

Paris - France's state of emergency, imposed across the country after the terrorist attacks which killed at least 129 late Friday, is based on a 1955 law which has been rarely used.Some facts:- Who decides ?

France declares state of emergency after terror attacks

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Friday he had declared a state of emergency across the country after simultaneous attacks in Paris left at least 39 people dead.

Maldives arrests foreigner accused of targeting president

Male - A Sri Lankan national has been arrested in the Maldives after allegedly conspiring to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

UN warns of winter tragedy as migrant crisis lingers

Ginebra - The UN refugee chief on Friday urged the EU to speed up its response to Europe's migrant crisis, warning of a looming tragedy if thousands of people are caught on the move when winter hits.

Tunisia lifts state of emergency imposed after tourist massacre

Tunis - A state of emergency imposed in Tunisia after a jihadist gunman massacred 38 foreign tourists in June is set to be lifted, the president's office announced Friday.

U.S. citizens must be better prepared for household emergencies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted a review to see how well equipped U.S. households are for emergency situations. It seems that too few people are ready for the next disaster.

Over 190 hurt in China when fire drill goes wrong

Shanghai - A fire drill at a school in northwestern China left more than 190 people injured, nine critically, after participants inhaled smoke used to simulate accident conditions, state media said Sunday.

Big China payouts for Tianjin firefighters' families

Bejing - China will give unusually large payouts to the families of firefighters killed in giant explosions in Tianjin last month, local media reported, after the disaster raised questions over whether the young men's training was inadequate.

Will talk of the 'Big One' shake the U.S. into quake prep?

Portland - The "Portland Mamas" listserv was on fire this summer. But the heated debates were not about schools and strollers in Oregon’s largest city.

'Kids on the frontline': China firefighters in spotlight after blasts

Bejing - As the child of poor Chinese farmers Yang Weigang never dreamt of being a firefighter. But when he grew up, the chance of making a little more money than his poverty-stricken parents outweighed the dangers.

Ferguson under state of emergency after new clashes

Ferguson - The racial flashpoint city of Ferguson awoke under a state of emergency Tuesday after a second night of clashes between police and protesters, a year after the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

Telling Siri to charge your phone results in a call to the police

News of a bug in Apple's digital assistant, Siri, has been circulating online recently. Asking Siri to charge your iPhone leads to a call to the emergency services in what is presumably an unintended quirk.

Report: 999 needs to adapt to the modern world of smartphones

A report has called for Britain's 999 hotline to allow people to report emergencies by texting or using an app. It says this is more applicable to the modern world and could help in cases where sound isn't viable, such as a break-in.

WHO needs urgent change to tackle health crises: experts

London - The World Health Organization (WHO) is unprepared to deal with crises like the Ebola outbreak and requires fundamental change, supported by an increase in funding, experts warned Tuesday.

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

Ginebra - A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Crowded SF tour bus burns on Haight Street

San Francisco - Dozens of tourists visiting San Francisco’s iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood got considerably more excitement than they expected May 3 when their tour bus caught fire and burned on Haight Street.

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups

Hong Kong - Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

International aid groups rush to reach Nepal quake victims

Paris - Countries and international aid groups rushed to respond Saturday to a massive earthquake in Nepal that claimed more than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and severed communications hampered rescue efforts.

Ghana gets its first emergency medicine training program

In a new initiative seeking to improve healthcare in the country, Ghana has begun its first emergency medicine training program. Nurses are being trained and despatched to regions across the country and new recruits are busily signing up.

Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet visited the flood-hit north of the country where at least 25 people died and 125 others are still missing, vowing to "rebuild" the stricken region.
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The front of the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket
The front of the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket
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Gerry Byrne  PC  MP  a Canadian politician took this photo from his office on Parliament Hill in Ott...
Gerry Byrne, PC, MP, a Canadian politician took this photo from his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, showing significant police presence outside of his office where he in lock down
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On the scene of the WV Mine Disaster
On the scene of the WV Mine Disaster
An American Airlines Boeing 757 jetliner
An American Airlines Boeing 757 jetliner
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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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Cop ready to shoot with rubber bullets at a man who climbed a tree.
A Japanese authority making an announcement in a subway station after the recent earthquake
A Japanese authority making an announcement in a subway station after the recent earthquake
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A woman receives medical attention after part of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Av...
A woman receives medical attention after part of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue collapsed in central London December 19, 2013.
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Jamaican police in street battles with supporters of drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke
Jamaican police in street battles with supporters of drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke
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CBC News van vandalized and smashed.
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Emergency vehicle
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WHO experts panel rules MERS coronavirus not a public health emergency.
WHO experts panel rules MERS coronavirus not a public health emergency.
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Many historic Northern California buildings were damaged in the West Napa quake  including the city ...
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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REACTION: Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work at the scene of an explosion that killed four tourists on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on Sunday.
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Rally at Queen and Spadina.
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File photo of an ambulance.
A dry riverbed in California.
A dry riverbed in California.
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