Death toll exceeds 200 after heavy rain and mudslide...
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Death toll exceed 200 after heavy rain and mudslides...
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Fatal police helicopter crash in Slovakia due to tec...
According to initial reports by the Slovak Police Force, the helicopter spiraled down from a height of about 100 metres and 200 metres away from the point of take-off. Slovak tabloid newspaper Plus Jeden Deň wrote that, according to a source from the forensic team that analysed flight recorders data, both rotors failed at the same time. The accident caused fa...

20 confirmed dead after Kintampo freak tree accident
Eighteen students, according to Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate, were killed at the falls, while another two were rushed to hospital and died in care. Varying reports indicated possibly up to 18 people remaining in a critical condition who were trapped under the tree, who were then rescued and rushed to hospital, including a Wenchi ...

File photo of a refugee camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Image: Voice of America.)Official death toll from Nigerian refugee camp airst...
On Monday Nigerian authorities raised the official death toll from January 17's airstrike upon a refugee camp to 236, though the BBC on Tuesday reported an official told them this was an error and the actual figure was 115. The military said at the time a jet mistook refugees for rebels. There are no words to describe the chaos[...] I saw the bodies of chi...

File photo of a refugee camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Image: Voice of America.)Nigerian jet attacks refugee camp, killing dozens
A Nigerian Air Force jet fighter mistook refugees for rebels yesterday, Nigerian military said, firing on a camp in Rann, Borno State. Dozens of refugees and aid workers died. File photo of a refugee camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Image: Voice of America. The lowest estimate from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is of 50 dead. The BBC estimates at least 52 d...

 ()Cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan, killing over 30
A Turkish cargo plane crashed just outside of Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan en route from Hong Kong to İstanbul early on Monday morning. The crash destroyed approximately fifteen buildings and resulted in the death of over 30 people, including four crew members, according to the Kyrgyz emergencies ministry. A Kyrgyz official tentatively ascribed the crash to pi...

The wrecked bow of RMS Titanic (Image: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island.)UK documentary claims fire weakened RMS Titanic
A documentary broadcast on Sunday on the UK's Channel 4 claims the RMS Titanic was weakened by a three-week fire before its infamous 1912 sinking. The wrecked bow of RMS Titanic Image: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island. More than 1,500 people died when the vessel sank partway betwee...

Fishing boats at Muara Angke port, from file. (Image: Wie146.)Ferry burns near Jakarta, killing passengers
A manifest listed 100 passengers, but officials estimated over 200 were on board. Sumarsono, acting governor of Jakarta, dismissed suggestions the vessel was overloaded. Its blackened wreckage was towed back to Muara Angke. Rescuers continue to search for bodies. As of earlier today, nine of the injured remained in hospital. Three bodies have been identified ...

The shopping area by the station, where the blaze started. (Image: そらみみ
(CC BY-SA 4.0).)Fire engulfs 140 buildings in Itoigawa, Japan
A fire on Thursday engulfed at least 140 buildings in Itoigawa, Japan. The inferno injured, by varying reports, at least eight people. The coastal town in the northern prefecture of Niigata's many traditional wooden buildings burned easily, fanned by winds of 56kph (35mph). Narrow streets hampered firefighters. "Sparks of fire flew around," one local resident...

The crashed aircraft, from file. (Image: Asuspine.)Pakistan International Airlines sacrifices goat, res...
Images of Pakistan International Airlines sacrificing a goat went viral on Monday as the beleaguered state-run airline resumed ATR flights. All ten ATRs in its fleet were grounded last week in the aftermath of a crash near Havelian earlier this month. PIA ground staff ritually slaughtered the black goat beside an ATR-42, the same type of aircraft lost in the ...

The aircraft involved in the accident, pictured several years ago. (Image: Aseem Swarup Johri.)Judge rules Air Canada Flight 624 victims can sue Tr...
The action alleges Transport Canada was liable for a failure to enforce regulations under the Aeronautics Act. The authority is accused of failure to install an instrument landing system on the airport's main runway. According to Ray Wagner, lawyer for the plaintiffs, the authority's responsibility for safety gear — including navigational systems at the airpor...

The aircraft involved, from file. (Image: Asuspine.)PIA flight crashes near Havelian, Pakistan
PIA Flight 661 crashed into a mountainous region near Havelian, Pakistan today. None of those on board are thought to have survived. The aircraft involved, from file. Image: Asuspine. The Pakistan International Airlines domestic flight from Chitral was nearing its destination in Islamabad. PIA said the ATR-42 carried 42 passengers, five crewmembers, and...

File image of a court gavel. (Image: Chris Potter; modified, Ibrahim.ID.)Prominent Texas attorney dead, just days following d...
Loncar was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was found in the front seat of his Rolls Royce Wraith. Loncar's death occurred just two days following his teenage daughter's memorial service. His daughter took her own life in late November. Police are still investigating Loncar's cause of death. Medical personnel...

The burned out building surrounded by firefighters the subsequent morning, seen from the south side (Image: Anonymous.)Oakland, California record release party catches fire
A fire broke out at a record release party in Oakland, California late on Friday night. Nine were confirmed dead the following morning with the death toll rising to 24 the next day. The warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, was hosting a party for the release of the newest album by Joel "Golden Donna" Shanahan. It is in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood, a mix of co...

File photo of HarbourFront station, 2006. (Image: Sengkang.)Signalling issues and stalled train disrupt service ...
SMRT issued another tweet at 8:09 am, alerting commuters to another signalling fault affecting the CCL, on the stretch between Botanic Gardens and HarbourFront stations. Initially informing commuters that the issue would add 10 minutes of travel time along the affected stretch, the company later revised this to 20, and finally, in subsequent tweets, attributi...

File photo of Jim Prentice, 2014. (Image: Manning Center (flickr).)Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice killed in plane ...
The plane, a Cessna Citation, departed Kelowna at 9:32 p.m. before quickly disappearing from radar sight, according to a Transportation Safety Board official, Bill Yearwood. The National Post reported RCMP detachments in Kelowna and Lake Country were alerted to the loss of contact at 10:07 p.m. by Surrey Air Traffic Control Centre. According to tracking site ...

File photo of Underwater World Singapore, 2006. (Image: Sengkang.)Stingray kills head diver of Underwater World Singapore
Phillip Chan, 62, the head diver of the defunct facility, was moving stingrays in preparation for transfer to another aquarium when one of them stung him in the chest. Singapore newspaper The New Paper reported no prior such stingray incident was known to have occurred in Singapore. Australian conservationist Steve Irwin died in a similar manner in 2006. Foll...

File photo of a church in Norcia, Italy, 2003. (Image: Starlight.)6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy
At 3:36am this morning, local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 10 kilometres southeast of Norcia, Italy. The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, and was felt all the way to Rome, about 100 miles (150 km) away from the town of Norcia. 120 or more people are dead, officials have said, including children, and around 100 people are reported missing...

File photo of the aircraft involved, 2013. (Image: Aeroprints.com (flickr).)Emirates plane crash-lands in Dubai
According to passenger accounts, the pilot announced an emergency landing minutes before the crash. Then the airliner, flight EK52, was engulfed in smoke at landing and soon after burst into flames. Passengers spoke of their fear. The airport was shut down for four hours after the incident and all crew members and passengers on the flight from India were acco...

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