INTRODUCTION

Human errors as well as natural disasters are bound to occur but we as humans failed to comprehend and pay attention to the warnings of the Almighty. Until human beings begin to realized and believe the reality of the unveiling scriptures, we will know no peace. If humans learn to obey and pay comprehensive attention to the unveiling scriptures of Allah, the earth will be like a pre-heaven.  What we failed to see and realized is that, there is nothing like accident, everything is well plan by the Almighty, anything disaster is as a result of the cause of human disobeying the natural’s laws of the Almighty Allah. Yet, the Almighty has overlook this unlawful nature of mankind, He still do not want His creatures to suffer the consequences of their misdeeds and   of but it doesn’t mean there is no solution.

There has been wide spread of violence, natural disasters and so forth, across the length and breadth of the universe. Disasters like earthquakes, air disaster, and Sea disaster are so common these days. The question I ask is why are these disasters so rampant these days? What can we do to curb these happenings?

 

 

1.  GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

Most countries will face serious economic difficulties. The socio-economic policies of the world need to be reviewed and should be aimed at empowering the masses by promoting the well-being of the youth. Much effort should therefore be made to get the unemployed youth employed in order to curb future global economic crises.

  • The World Bank has warned the international community to brace for slow growth and economic challenges in 2012, as the International Monetary Fund said it would seek an additional $500bn in lending resources to help mitigate the worsening financial crisis.

In a report issued late on Tuesday, the Washington-based bank substantially cut its forecasts for growth in both developed and poorer nations in its twice-yearly report, issued late on Tuesday. “Europe appears to have entered recession, and growth in several major developing countries [Brazil, India and to a lesser extent Russia, South Africa and Turkey] has slowed,” the bank said as it updated forecasts made last June.

It predicted the global economy will expand by 2.5 per cent in 2012 and by 3.1 per cent in 2013, well behind the 3.6 per cent growth for each year that the bank had projected in June.

The US economy will also suffer from slower global growth, the report said, though not by as much as developing countries. “The world is very different than it was six months ago,” said Andrew Burns, head of the bank’s global economics team and lead author of the report. “This is going to be a very difficult year.”

Meanwhile, the IMF said in a statement that it would seek to raise $500bn when officials from the G20 economies meet in Mexico City on Thursday and Friday to discuss raising the fund’s budget.

It said it expected to need up to $1tn to meet borrowing requirements as a consequence of the financial crisis.‘Exploring options’

“At this preliminary stage, we are exploring options on funding and will have no further comment until the necessary consultations with the Fund’s membership have been completed,” a Fund spokesman said in a statement.While eurozone nations have already promised to contribute an extra 150 billion euros ($200 billion) of the proposed $500 billion, getting funds from more advanced economies, like the US, might be difficult.

With budget issues at home, some U.S. Republicans have threatened to withdraw $100 billion in US funds from the IMF if it is used to bail out eurozone countries.

Emerging market countries such as China and Brazil have said they are willing to contribute new funds to the IMF in exchange for greater voting power. Emerging market powers have repeatedly argued in recent times that their power at the IMF should be increased to reflect their growing clout in the world economy.

The World Bank report said that while Europe was moving toward a long-term solution to its debt problems, markets remained nervous.

“While contained for the moment, the risk of a much broader freezing up of capital markets and a global crisis similar in magnitude to the Lehman crisis remains,” the World Bank said, referring to the US investment bank that went bankrupt in 2008 and helped intensify a global financial crisis.Against that backdrop, it said developing countries were even more vulnerable than they were in 2008 because they could find themselves facing reduced capital flows and softer trade.

In addition, many developing countries have weaker finances and would not be able to respond to a new crisis as vigorously.

The World Bank pointed out that since last August risk aversion to Europe has shot up and “changed the game” for developing countries that have seen their borrowing costs escalate sharply and the flow of capital to them decrease.

“No country and no region will escape the consequences of a serious downturn,” the World Bank said, adding that now was the time for developing countries to plan how to soften the impact of a potential deep crisis.

source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/20121185217348992.html

  • (CNN) — In Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and a focus of resistance to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, snipers pose a direct threat to civilians. But the risk of being shot is just one problem they face — their daily challenge is finding food, fuel and medical care.

source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/30/world/meast/syria-civilians-supplies/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  • Japan’s economy contracted more than expected in the last three months of 2011 as a rising yen and floods in Thailand hurt businesses. “The slowdown of exports is taking a heavy toll on industry.”

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17008164

  • Africa News Roundup: Food Crises in Somalia and West Africa, Senegalese Elections, South Sudan Violence, and More

Christian Science Monitor: “Famine ends in Somalia, as drought looms in West Africa.” For more, see Reuters on the United Nations’ declaration that Somalia’s famine is over, and AFP on UN warnings concerning food insecurity in West and Central Africa.

source: http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/tag/famine/

 

  • Hong Kong (CNN) — A summer of droughts and extreme temperatures across the world threaten the planet’s most vulnerable people, as food prices rise. A new report from the World Bank has revealed global food prices soared by 10% in July, with staples such as maize and soybean increasing by 25% to an all-time high.
    The drought-hit United States — the world’s largest exporter of grains such as maize — is facing the worst production shortfalls since the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s, while a scorching summer in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan hit wheat supplies, according to Food Price Watch. A recipe for world food woes Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index, which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6% higher than in July of last year, and 1% over the previous peak of February 2011.
    “Food prices rose again sharply threatening the health and well-being of millions of people,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/31/business/world-food-prices/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Spain suffered the highest level of joblessness in the eurozone in July, as overall unemployment in the region held steady at a record high.

One out of every four citizens in Spain is unemployed, according to the latest statistics from Eurostat. The situation is even worse for young Spaniards. The unemployment rate for those under 25 years old is now approaching 53%.

Spain has been dealing with high unemployment for years. The nation’s jobless rate has been above 20% since May 2010, according to data from the European Central Bank. In July, the rate rose to 25.1%.

The Spanish economy slipped back into recession during the first quarter and activity has continued to deteriorate. Spanish gross domestic product declined 0.4% in the second quarter.

Overall, the unemployment rate for the 17-nation eurozone held steady at 11.3% in July, with an estimated 18 million people out of work, according to Eurostat. That’s up from 15.9 million in July 2011.

Source: http://buzz.money.cnn.com/2012/08/31/spain-unemployment/

 

3. POLITICAL AGITATION AND ELECTORAL DISPUTES

 

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary—He paid youths to attend his speech and clap. He championed laws to silence critical journalists. He rammed through a constitution aimed at remaking Hungary on conservative Christian values. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who made his name protesting Hungary’s communist dictatorship, is now confronting protesters chanting “Viktator!”

source:http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2012/01/13/hungarys_hard_won_democracy_under_threat/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Latest+news

  • Athens sees ‘worst violence in months’ as MPs pass austerity plan. Greece’s parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a 130bn-euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout to avoid default.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17008476

  • Senegal clashes erupt as court clears Wade poll bid.Violence has broken out in Senegal after the country’s top court ruled that President Abdoulaye Wade can run for a third term in office next month.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16770305

  • Dakar, Senegal (CNN) — Senegalese police clashed Friday night with protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them from downtown Dakar, where protests have been banned. The unrest was part of the opposition against the candidacy of President Abdoulaye Wade ahead of February 26 elections.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/17/world/africa/senegal-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover. Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17462111

  •  (CNN) — A group of Portuguese-speaking countries condemned a coup that has roiled the tiny nation of Guinea-Bissau, plunging the African country into more chaos after nearly four decades of instability.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/15/world/africa/guinea-bissau-coup/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Bamako, Mali (CNN) — Dioncounda Traore, Mali’s interim president, was beaten and rushed to a hospital after hundreds of protesters demanding his resignation stormed the presidential palace Monday.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/21/world/africa/mali-president-beaten/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Mexico City (CNN) — Protesters marched and packed the main square of Mexico City on Sunday, slamming the candidate widely seen as the front-runner in next month’s presidential elections.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/10/world/americas/mexico-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Mexico City (CNN) — Protesters marched and packed the main square of Mexico City on Sunday, slamming the candidate widely seen as the front-runner in next month’s presidential elections. Enrique Peña Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate, leads in polls. His party — better known as the PRI — ruled for some 70 years, before losing the presidency in 2000. Demonstrators say his winning would be a step back for democracy in Mexico.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/10/world/americas/mexico-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • (CNN) — The Tunisian government declared a curfew Tuesday in eight governorates, including the capital city of Tunis, in an attempt to quell Lome, Togo (CNN) — Togolese security forces shot canisters of tear gas to disperse angry anti-government protesters who demonstrated against a new electoral law Tuesday in this capital city. Protesters defied the security forces for three hours, throwing stones and other objects.The West African nation’s parliament passed the law two weeks ago, ahead of parliamentary and municipal elections due in October.
    “This law is unfair,” shouted one supporter of the Save Togo Movement, which is composed of six opposition parties and nine civil society organizations. “It favors the ruling party, and we are not going to tolerate that this time around. We are going to fight every day until it’s withdrawn from parliament.”
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/togo-demonstrations/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

 

 

4. UPRISINGS/ PUBLIC UNREST

  • Moscow (CNN) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in Moscow, braving bitterly cold weather to demand fair elections after what they claim were rigged results earlier this month that returned Vladimir Putin’s party to power.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/24/world/europe/russia-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Thousands of protesters have taken to Poland’s streets over the signing of an international treaty activists say amounts to internet censorship.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16735219

  • Bucharest, Romania (CNN) — Protesters seeking the ouster of Romanian President Traian Basescu and early elections gathered for a fourth straight day Sunday in a main square of Bucharest, the capital, and 18 other cities in the Eastern European nation.
    The demonstrations, which included clashes between police and protesters Saturday in University Square that injured 17 people, are the most serious since Basescu’s election in 2004.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/15/world/europe/romania-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • Romania’s government has called an emergency meeting after growing violent protests against austerity cuts.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16570860

  • (CNN) — Rioting near the northwestern Chinese city of Kashgar on Tuesday left 12 people dead, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/29/world/asia/china-riots/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Hundreds of angry protesters have booed French President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take shelter in a bar as he campaigned in the Basque country ahead of April’s presidential election.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17228029

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17590453

  • (CNN) — At least four people were killed and dozens more injured in heavy fighting around the coastal Libyan city of Zuwara on Tuesday, a city official said.
    source : http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/03/world/africa/libya-fighting/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — The Tunisian government declared a curfew Tuesday in eight governorates, including the capital city of Tunis, in an attempt to quell violence after protests that included radical Islamists.
    The 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was announced by the Interior Ministry and the Defense Ministry “in the wake of violence carried out by criminal groups against establishments of sovereignty and public and private property,” a prime ministry communique said, according to the official Tunis Afrique Press.
    The curfew is to be observed in the governorates of Tunis, Ariana, Manouba, Ben Arous, Sousse, Jendouba, Monastir and the Ben Guerdane delegation in the governorate of Medenine, it said.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/africa/tunisia-curfew/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Lome, Togo (CNN) — Togolese security forces shot canisters of tear gas to disperse angry anti-government protesters who demonstrated against a new electoral law Tuesday in this capital city. Protesters defied the security forces for three hours, throwing stones and other objects.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/togo-demonstrations/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • violence after protests that included radical Islamists.
    The 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was announced by the Interior Ministry and the Defense Ministry “in the wake of violence carried out by criminal groups against establishments of sovereignty and public and private property,” a prime ministry communique said, according to the official Tunis Afrique Press.
    The curfew is to be observed in the governorates of Tunis, Ariana, Manouba, Ben Arous, Sousse, Jendouba, Monastir and the Ben Guerdane delegation in the governorate of Medenine, it said.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/africa/tunisia-curfew/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • (CNN) — Gunmen attacked Christians worshipping on a Nigerian university campus on Sunday, with witnesses reporting multiple explosions and gunfire.
    The number of casualties was not immediately clear.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/29/world/africa/nigeria-kano-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a suspected grenade attack on a church in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, police have said.The attack targeted the God House of Miracle Church, in Ngara neighbourhood. There has been a string of small arms attacks and explosions in Kenya since Kenyan troops crossed the Somali border. source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17885476
  • Troops loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court, have taken two towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A BBC reporter in the area says thousands of source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17893674
  • One person is reported dead early Sunday after the Ho Municipal police embarked on a dawn swoop to arrest drug peddlers at Anlo Kordzi near the Ho Central market. source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88075.php
  • (CNN) — Men in plainclothes attacked protesters demonstrating against the barring of a presidential candidate in Cairo early Wednesday, killing one and leaving dozens injured, witnesses said.
    SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/africa/egypt-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — Thirty-four people were killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a cattle market in Nigeria’s northern Yobe state, a government official briefed on the investigation said Thursday.
    The attack Wednesday evening appears to have escalated from an initial raid on the market by two suspected robbers, one of them armed, said the official, who did not want to be named for security reasons.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/03/world/africa/nigeria-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — At least eight people were killed and 20 injured in an apparent suicide car bomb attack and follow-up blast in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, according to state-run news agency RIA Novosti. source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/03/world/europe/russia-dagestan-explosions/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — Rescuers have saved 110 people from a ship that capsized in the waters between Australia and Indonesia and are searching for the many missing, an Australian official said Friday. The boat, that was carrying about 200 people, flipped over Thursday, authorities said, triggering the massive rescue effort. A 13-year-old boy was one of the many rescued, Australia Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The others that were rescued were all adults, Clare said. Authorities believe all the passengers in the ship were male, according to Clare.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/22/world/asia/australia-ship-capsizes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • One person has been killed and several others injured in a violent clash in Tishigu in the Northern Region over a chieftaincy dispute. Violence erupted following the enskinnment of a disputed chief.The Northern Regional Police Commander DCOP George Tuffour told Joy News calm has returned to the area.According to him, eleven people have so far been arrested for their roles in the violent confrontation.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88078.

 

  • One person is reported dead early Sunday after the Ho Municipal police embarked on a dawn swoop to arrest drug peddlers at Anlo Kordzi near the Ho Central market. The deceased, Atsu Mensah was shot dead when he tried to attack a Police officer.The drug peddlers were angered by the event and engaged the police in a fight by throwing objects including stones and sticks.Sensing danger, the Police retreated to the station but this angry mob advanced to the Ho Municipal Police Station and attacked police officers on sight.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88075.php

 

  • Muslim youth at Hohoe have set ablaze a vehicle belonging to the paramount chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu. The entire palace has been vandalised by the rampaging youth who are angry at the exhumation of their Imam.The whereabouts of the chief is unknown but reports say the situation requires security reinforcement. Lolonyo FM’s Isaac Kwesi Minta told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show the police were helpless as they were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the angry youth.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88110.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

 

  • CNN) — Police in Montreal were working Wednesday to uncover the motive behind a gunman’s midnight attack on the victory speech by Quebec’s newly elected premier that left one dead.Pauline Marois was speaking to excited supporters near midnight Tuesday when the gunman, dressed in what appeared to be a bathrobe and face mask and armed with two guns, slipped into the Montreal concert hall and opened fire. He then set a small fire at the venue’s back door, police said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/05/world/americas/canada-election-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

 

5. NEW BIRTHS, INFANT MORTALITY AND MATERNAL DEATHS

 

  • Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 schoolgirls Tuesday after they were poisoned, a Takhar province police official said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/29/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • 500m children ‘at risk of effects of malnutrition’. Half a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat, the charity Save the Children says in a new report.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17034134

  • A billion-plus Asians have welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a cacophony of fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will usher in the wealth and power it represents. As such, hospitals across China and in Chinese communities are bracing for a baby boom as couples try to have a child this year.

source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201212383631437487.html

6. SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

  • Double weather whammy hits Mozambique. It was less than one week ago that Tropical Depression Dando brought flooding across parts of Mozambique, causing disruption to the capital, Maputo. Now, another storm system threatens even worse weather for the country.

source:http://www.aljazeera.com/weather/2012/01/201211910121278319.html

 

 

  • Birmingham, Alabama (CNN) — Severe weather tore across the Southeast early Monday, killing at least two people, injuring more than 100 and spreading damage through several states, emergency officials said.
    The two fatalities reported were near Birmingham, Alabama, according to Sgt. Jack Self of the source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/23/us/severe-weather/index.html?hpt=us_c2
  • (CNN) — Three American Airlines flight attendants were injured Sunday when a flight bound for Miami, Florida, encountered severe turbulence.Flight 980 from Recife, Brazil to Miami was carrying 167 passengers. No passengers were injured, according to American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith. Three of six flight attendants on board were injured.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/23/travel/airline-turbulence-injuries/index.html?hpt=us_c2

  • Clay, Alabama (CNN) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday toured communities hit by a tornado that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and killed two people.“I do not understand, except by God’s grace, that people can survive some of the damage that I see in some of the residential areas,” Bentley said.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/24/us/alabama-storms/index.html
  • Atlanta (CNN) — Ranee Roberts feels lucky to have survived the impact of a tornado that hit her Alabama convenience store in April. “Before the twister hit, I sent a last text to say ‘I love you’ to my best friend, and then the building began to come apart around me,” said the 34-year-old from Henagar.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/27/us/extreme-weather-prepare-for-worst/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
  • (CNN) — Public schools will be closed Friday and government offices will also shut down early as Bermuda braces for the slowly approaching Hurricane Leslie.
    Bermuda officials have told residents to “prepare for the worst” as the Category 1 storm is predicted to move close by the British territory Sunday.“Leslie could be a historic storm for Bermuda as it is very large and forecast to intensify rapidly as it approaches,” Bermuda’s Emergency Measures Organization said in a statement earlier this week. “The island could experience hurricane force winds for a sustained period of time, possibly up to two days.”

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/07/world/americas/bermuda-hurricane-leslie/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • Hundreds of residents at Ankaful and Kwapro, all in Cape Coast, have been displaced after Kakum River overflowed its bank following the opening of its spillways Sunday. At least seventy houses have been submerged with the road linking the two communities to Cape Coast also submerged cutting them off from the city. Residents of the two communities told Joy FM’s Central regional correspondent, Richard Kojo Nyarko that government must takes steps to address the perennial problem.source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201210/95856.php
  • Storm Sandy causes severe flooding in eastern USNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has urged people to leave their homes as heavy rain caused by post-tropical cyclone Sandy hits the region. Footage showed seawater rushing into the streets of communities near Atlantic City, New Jersey

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20130839

  • Hong Kong (CNN) — As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.
    Superstorm Sandy threatens ‘catastrophe’ of a lifetime. Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. Son-Tinh was at typhoon level when it thumped into northern Vietnam late Sunday with winds as strong as 133 kilometers per hour (83 mph). It left three people dead and two injured, according to an initial estimate from the Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee reported by (VNA).
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/29/world/asia/vietnam-tropical-storm/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • Sandy’s trail of devastation: 13 dead, millions in the dark — and it’s not over“Super-storm” Sandy has swept across the eastern US coast, bringing heavy rain, high winds and severe flooding.Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, causing a record surge of seawater in New York City, flooding car and subway tunnels and leaving much of lower Manhattan without power.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/30/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

  • New Delhi (CNN) — At least eight people were killed and thousands displaced after powerful Cyclone Nilam roared into India’s southeastern coast, authorities said Thursday.
    About 8,000 people in low-lying areas on the coast of Tamil Nadu state were moved to temporary shelters, said Jatindranath Swain, the province’s disaster management commissioner.
    An oil tanker with 37 people on board got into difficulty as the storm made landfall Wednesday, he said. The high winds and strong waves set the vessel adrift and drove it toward the coast, where it ran aground, Swain said.
    Naval divers engaged in rescue efforts at the stranded ship, according to Swain, but six crew members remained missing Thursday.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/world/asia/india/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

  • An area of low pressure located off the northern coast of Northern Territory, Australia, has developed into Tropical Cyclone, or Storm, Grant.The storm, as of Sunday morning EST, was moving erratically toward the east, but a turn toward the south is expected later today. On this path, the storm will move over land later this evening.
    source : http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-cyclone-grant-batters/59474
  • London (CNN) — Heavy snow left several Italian villages paralyzed and without power as winter weather and cold temperatures spread across Europe, the mayor of one village said.
    Many of the 32 villages in the Aniene Valley, near Rome, lost electricity on Friday when an electric pylon fell because of the snow, said Piero Moscardini, mayor of Vallinfreda.
    The valley, home to about 50,000 people, has received some 100 cm (39 inches) of snow, Moscardini said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/05/travel/europe-cold-snap/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • The Zimbabwe weather services department on Friday issued a flood alert for areas in the north and east of the country heavy rains with gusty winds and hail.Violent thunderstorms were also forecast in the three Mashonaland provinces, Harare, Matabeleland North and parts of Manicaland province, an advisory from the Meteorological Services Department said.
    source : http://www.voanews.com/zimbabwe/news/Zimbabwe-Issues-Flood-Warning-Amid-Heavy-Rains-136441438.html
  • Fierce storms gather across UK,Storms have caused damage across many parts of the UK, with gusts of almost 100mph in Scotland.The BBC’s Louise Hubball reports from Cornwall, followed by Lorna Gordon in Glasgow.

SOURCE : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16391058

  • Fewer than 100 homes still without power across Northern Ireland. Fewer than 100 homes are still without electricity following the storms which battered Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16389023

  • (CNN) — For the second year in a row, dozens of blackbirds died overnight Saturday in Beebe, Arkansas, apparently after being startled by New Year’s Eve fireworks, an official with the state’s Game and Fish Commission said.

source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/01/us/arkansas-bird-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • (CNN) — Dozens of western North Carolina homes were damaged, including 16 destroyed, in a tornado and storms that also injured 15 persons, authorities said Thursday.In Rutherford County, a tornado Wednesday left 10 persons injured and a dozen homes damaged, officials said.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/12/us/north-carolina-storm/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Heavy snow and avalanches in the Afghan province of Badakhshan have killed at least 16 people with many more missing feared dead, officials say.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16576311

  • At least five people have died of leptospirosis in the aftermath of Typhoon Washi in the southern Philippines, officials say. According to the Department of Health, 128 people in Cagayan de Oro City have also been diagnosed as of 1 January.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16388238

  • Tropical low pressure has formed in the Mozambique Channel, where it could become an important tropical cyclone before potentially crossing the shores of western Madagascar.

source : http://www.worldweatherpost.com/2012/01/07/madagascar-facing-cyclone-threat/#.TxQsrdubTMg

  • Floods continue to threaten Queensland in eastern Australia, with the town of St George expected to be worst hit.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16901378

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16889994

  • London (CNN) — Eastern and central Europe continue to shiver under a blanket of heavy snow Friday, with more deaths reported after bitter cold overnight temperatures.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/03/world/europe/europe-cold-snap/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — Heavy rains left thousands stranded in eastern Australia on Saturday as authorities warned of more flooding and urged several communities to flee to higher ground.
    About 16,500 people are isolated because of flooding in New South Wales, with evacuation orders in place for several communities, the New South Wales Emergency Services said.
    In the neighboring state of Queensland, authorities issued flood warnings for three towns, Surat, Roma and Mitchell, and warned residents living downstream of rivers to move to higher ground.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/australia-floods/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Europe’s death toll from the cold snap that began 11 days ago has topped 400.

SOURCE: http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=716326&vId=

  • London (CNN) — Europe remained gripped by frigid temperatures and snow Friday, with the icy weather closing much of the Danube River to shipping and disrupting travel across the region.Central and Eastern Europe have borne the brunt of the unseasonably bitter weather, which has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of cases of frostbite and hypothermia.
    Twenty-two countries have posted warnings for extreme cold temperatures and accumulating snow, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/10/world/europe/europe-cold-snap/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Tropical Cyclone Giovanna is due to make landfall on the east coast of Madagascar on Tuesday.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/17013494

  • Man digs through snow to find house in Romania. Romanian rescue teams have been struggling to evacuate people whose homes have been smothered by heavy snow.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17036988

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337

 

 

  • Members of the public are being warned not to risk their lives by driving through flood water following the death of one driver and predictions of further localised downpours at the end of the wettest April for 100 years.

SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/30/man-drowns-car-river-newbury

  • Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Flash flooding in northern Afghanistan killed at least 26 people in northern Afghanistan and rescue workers fear the toll may rise, officials said Monday.
    Eight hours of relentless rainfall that began Sunday led to the flooding in several districts of Sar-e-Pol province, said Faizullah Sadat, provincial director of Afghanistan Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/07/world/asia/afghanistan-floods/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Rescue workers continued their search Monday for survivors from a flash flood in central Nepal that swept away houses over the weekend, killing at least 17 people and leaving as many as 47 missing.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/07/world/asia/nepal-flash-floods/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • A tornado has been reported in parts of Oxfordshire during a storm which caused damage to trees and roof tiles.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-17986143

  • NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – At least 50 people have died as a result of heavy rains lashing the country since March, the Kenya Red Cross said on Saturday. In the latest incident on Friday night, seven people drowned about 20 kilometres southwest of Nairobi as rains swept the capital and its surrounding region.
    source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/05/flash-floods-kill-50-in-kenya-since-march/
  • The authorities in Georgia have declared a state of emergency and sent troops into the capital, Tbilisi, after severe flooding.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18052727

  • A man in Dorset has been left mystified after tiny blue spheres fell from the sky into his garden.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-16754531

  • Europe is developing an asteroid shield… but it won’t be in time for the 19-mile wide monster hurtling past Earth next week. Scientists are trying to find a way to protect Earth from the giant rocks which travel around the Milky Way.Run out of Berlin with funds from the EU, the NEOShield project, which will look for a way to protect earth from the space rocks, is expected to take three years to complete.Some of the ideas being tossed around at the moment include repelling asteroids with projectiles or explosives or using gravity to change its course.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2092626/Asteroid-shield-wont-time-19-mile-wide-monster-hurtling-past-Earth-week.html#ixzz1lahJzZx6

  • Asteroid 433 Eros To Make Closest Approach Since 1975. On Tuesday, January 31, asteroid 433 Eros will come closer to Earth than it has in 37 years, traveling across the night sky in the constellations Leo, Sextans and Hydra. At its closest pass of 16.6 million miles (26.7 million km) the relatively bright 21-mile (34-km) -wide asteroid will be visible with even modest backyard telescopes, approaching magnitude 8, possibly even 7. It hasn’t come this close since 1975, and won’t do so again until 2056!

Source: http://www.cosmostv.org/2012/01/asteroid-433-eros-to-make-closest.html#ixzz1lasGX7sU

  • (CNN) — Mexico’s high terrain took its toll on Carlotta, weakening the system to a tropical storm status on Saturday.
    The storm, which was moving toward the northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), is expected to continue to weaken and become a tropical depression later Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. It had sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph).
    Carlotta was about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of the resort town of Acapulco.
    At least two children were killed when Carlotta slammed southern Mexico at hurricane strength, unleashing fierce winds and dumping intense rains over Oaxaca state.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/16/world/americas/mexico-weather-carlotta/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • Mumbai, India (CNN) — A speeding bus plunged off a bridge in central India on Saturday, killing 30 people and injuring 16 others, authorities said. It was traveling from the southern city of Hyderabad to the site of a shrine in western Maharashtra when the accident occurred, said Dattaray Karale, a local police chief.The bus was speeding, the police chief said.
    The accident occurred in Osmanabad, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Mumbai.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/16/world/asia/india-bus-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • (CNN) — A volcano erupted Thursday in Guatemala, prompting officials to evacuate 35,000 residents, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross told CNN. The “Volcan de Fuego,” or Fire Volcano, began spewing ash at 10 a.m. and was continuing to belch forth late in the afternoon near the country’s former capital, Antigua, said Carmen Maria Caballero of the Guatemalan Red Cross.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/13/world/americas/guatemala-volcano-eruption/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

 

 

  • (CNN) — Five German citizens were among six people killed Monday after a tourist bus crashed into a container truck and burst into flames on an expressway outside Beijing, Chinese state media reported.
    A Chinese person also died, and 14 other people were injured, in the crash on a road linking Beijing with Shanghai, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing police authorities in Tianjin, a city about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the capital.
    The crash, in which the bus transporting German tourists rear-ended the container truck, occurred at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Xinhua report. The Germans’ tour group was organized by the Beijing-based China Youth Travel Service, it said.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19782375

 

  • (CNN) — A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The 6.2-magnitude shook the Kepulauan Mentawai region. Its epicenter was 760 kilometers (470 miles) west-northwest of the capital, Jakarta, at a depth of 20 kilometers, according to the USGS.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Last month, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Palu city on the island of Sulawesi, killing at least six people. Indonesia is on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/14/world/asia/indonesia-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • (CNN) — An intense typhoon made landfall in the southern Philippines early Tuesday amid fears that it could be worse than a 2011 storm that killed more than 1,200 people.
    Typhoon Bopha struck the southern island of Mindanao shortly before 4:45 a.m. (3:45 p.m. Monday ET), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center reported

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/03/world/asia/philippines-typhoon/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

 

  • Slidell, Louisiana (CNN) — nearly a week after Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast, the effects of the storm were still being felt Monday: From the thousands forced into shelters by flooding to the tens of thousands still living without power in sweltering conditions. Evacuation orders, most voluntary, remained in place in a number of parishes as authorities grappled with new threats posed by rain swollen rivers and lakes. In St. Tammany Parish, north of Lake Ponchartrain, authorities were grappling with two potential threats — one from a weakened lock on a canal and the other from the rain swollen Pearl River. Parish officials warned people to stay away from the area, even as a mandatory evacuation was lifted after authorities opened the lock to relieve pressure.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/03/us/severe-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • North Korea reports death toll of 48 from Typhoon Bolaven Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea has said that Typhoon Bolaven, a powerful tropical cyclone that pounded the Korean Peninsula last week, killed 48 people in the country and left more than 21,000 homeless.The storm also injured more than 50 people and destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of crops, according to a report published Monday evening by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
    The secretive, militaristic North Korean regime has repeatedly asked for food aid from international aid organizations as it struggles to feed its own people after suffering extensive famines during the 1990s.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/04/world/asia/north-korea-typhoon-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • Soaking rain and strong winds will persist in the U.K. through Tuesday as a strong early fall storm hangs over the British archipelago. Monday, the U.K. Met Office posted rainfall warnings and alerts for much of the country, according to its website. Wind warnings were focused upon southeastern England. Motorists and commuters were warned of “significant disruption,” owing to flooding, the BBC News website said. Scenes of flooding, wind and wild seas were shown online by the U.K. news media.
    At least one death was blamed on weather, that of a woman struck by a falling tree branch in high winds near London on Sunday, according to the BBC.

SOURCE: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/andrews/uk-storm-cuts-loose-with-rain-wind-1/78327

  • (CNN) — Ravaging floods killed dozens in Nigeria and displaced tens of thousands of residents as crocodiles, hippos and other water animals washed into homes. The floods have left 148 people dead and affected 21 of the nation’s three dozens states, according to the local Red Cross.“Torrential downpours in recent weeks have caused widespread destruction and forced many families into makeshift camps,” the aid agency said on its website. “An estimated 134,000 people have now been affected by the floods and concern is growing about the spread of waterborne diseases.”.”
    In the state of Benue, more than 25, 000 people were displaced after a local river overflowed, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/05/world/africa/nigeria-floods/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • Maroua, Cameroon (CNN) — Cameroon authorities have found six more bodies in flood waters, bringing the number killed to as high as 40 in the wake of tropical downpours and the breaching of a dam in the west African country. The inundation in the Far North Region has affected more than 26,000, officials said Thursday, and in neighboring Nigeria at least 15 deaths are blamed on waters rushing into the country from Cameroon’s compromised Lagdo Dam on the Benoue River. source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/world/africa/cameroon-flooding/?iref=obinsite

 

 

9. RACISM

  • At least 50 people have been killed in eastern Nigeria in clashes between rival ethnic groups, officials said.A government spokesman said the violence in the state of Ebonyi took place between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16376582

  • (CNN) — Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland have told CNN World Sport a documentary accusing football fans from both nations of racism was “unbalanced and biased.”
    An investigation by UK television channel the BBC featured right-wing supporters from both countries displaying racist and anti-Semitic attitudes.
    Footage also appeared to show soccer fans at a match in Ukraine targeting Asian supporters with violence.
    Former England defender Sol Campbell warned fans not to travel to Poland or Ukraine after seeing the pictures and questioned why both countries were awarded the tournament in the first place.
  • source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/29/sport/football/football-ukraine-poland-racism/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • One person has been confirmed dead and six others severely wounded in gun battles between the Kokombas and Bemobas in the Northern Region of Ghana.The conflict said to have been sparked by a land dispute left over a hundred houses burnt down.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87748.php

  • Central regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe has described the ethnic clashes that occurred at the Ekumfi Traditional Area Thursday as a very unfortunate incident.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87958.php

  • One person has been killed and several others injured in a violent clash in Tishigu in the Northern Region over a chieftaincy dispute.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88078.

  • Muslim youth at Hohoe have set ablaze a vehicle belonging to the paramount chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu. The entire palace has been vandalised by the rampaging youth who are angry at the exhumation of their Imam.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88110.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

  • The United Nations has warned villagers in South Sudan to flee from advancing fighters from a rival ethnic group. Fighters from the Lou Nuer ethnic group are pursuing members of the Murle group, reports say, as a deadly vendetta over cattle raiding continues.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16381579

  • (CNN) — Iran warned the United States Tuesday not to return a U.S. aircraft carrier “to the Persian Gulf region.” U.S. officials rejected the “warning” and another recent threat from Tehran that it could close the Strait of Hormuz. The White House and U.S. State Department called the latest threats signs that sanctions against Iran, the result of a standoff over its nuclear activities, are working.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/03/world/meast/iran-u-s-/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • (CNN) — Another top Iranian official weighed in Wednesday about the tensions brewing between his country and the United States, the latest salvo in the war of words over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/04/world/meast/iran-strait/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Four people have been killed and at least five injured in a firefight which erupted earlier in the centre of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-16395533

  • At least 26 people have been killed in attacks by a Rwandan militia group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese army says.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16419944

  • Co-ordinated attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday killed about 150 people, witnesses and reports say.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16663693

 

  • Central regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe has described the ethnic clashes that occurred at the Ekumfi Traditional Area Thursday as a very unfortunate incident.

source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87958.php

 

 

 

10. ACCIDENTS

  • An area of low pressure located off the northern coast of Northern Territory, Australia, has developed into Tropical Cyclone, or Storm, Grant.The storm, as of Sunday morning EST, was moving erratically toward the east, but a turn toward the south is expected later today. On this path, the storm will move over land later this evening.
    source : http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-cyclone-grant-batters/59474
  • CHENNAI – At least 42 people including a French national were killed when a cyclone hit southern India, reports said on Saturday as engineers rushed to restore power supplies knocked out by the gale.

Source:http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/South+India+cyclone+kills+least+says+report/5932642/story.html#ixzz1i7iTFgQP

  • (CNN) — The death toll from the tropical storm that lashed the southern Philippines just over a week ago has topped 1,200, the government said Monday, as the bodies of people swept out to sea by flash floods wash ashore.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/26/world/asia/philippines-storm-toll/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • (CNN) — The death toll from the tropical storm that lashed the southern Philippines just over a week ago has topped 1,200, the government said Monday, as the bodies of people swept out to sea by flash floods wash ashore.The number of dead has increased to 1,249 from 1,100 over the weekend, said Major Reynaldo Balido, the military assistant for operations at the Office of Civil Defense.
    The bodies have been washed up on nearby beaches and islands, Balido said by telephone from the island of Mindanao, the scene of the worst devastation.
    The authorities have also enlisted the help of local fishermen to help search for the scores of people who remain missing, he said, adding that the fisherman volunteered, since many of them had lost friends and relatives in the disaster.
    The unusually heavy rains of Tropical Storm Washi, which churned across the southern Philippines between December 16 and 18, set off landslides and flash floods that swept away whole villages.
    “I’ve gone through many disasters but this one is the worst as some of the survivors have lost so many family members,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.
    “Some have lost as many as 30 relatives,” he said in comments posted recently on the organization’s website.
    The number of people injured as a result of the storm has more than doubled to 4,594 from 1,979 at the weekend, the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement on its website, putting more pressure on already stretched relief agencies

source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/26/world/asia/philippines-storm-toll/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • New Delhi (CNN) — At least eight people were killed and thousands displaced after powerful Cyclone Nilam roared into India’s southeastern coast, authorities said Thursday.
    About 8,000 people in low-lying areas on the coast of Tamil Nadu state were moved to temporary shelters, said Jatindranath Swain, the province’s disaster management commissioner.An oil tanker with 37 people on board got into difficulty as the storm made landfall Wednesday, he said. The high winds and strong waves set the vessel adrift and drove it toward the coast, where it ran aground, Swain said…source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/world/asia/india/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • Jos, Nigeria (CNN) — A string of bombs struck churches in five Nigerian cities Sunday, leaving dozens dead and wounded on the holiday, authorities and witnesses said.
    The blasts mark the second holiday season that bombs have hit Christian houses of worship in the west African nation. In a statement issued late Tuesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the bombings “a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians.”
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/25/world/africa/nigeria-church-bombing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • A series of earthquakes has shaken the New Zealand city of Christchurch, sending residents rushing from buildings and causing minor damage.The first 5.8 magnitude quake struck at 1358 local time (0058 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Another of similar magnitude hit 80 minutes later.

source :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16312041

  • (CNN) — At least 13 people died and 11 were reported missing after a boat capsized Sunday in a southern India lake, authorities said.
    Three people survived the accident on Pulicat Lake, about 36 miles north of Chennai, according to affiliate CNN-IBN.V. Vanitha, senior superintendent of police in Thiruvallur district, said the private boat was on a pleasure trip.Local fishermen were assisting divers and crews in the rescue and search mission, officials said.The lake is in Tamil Nadu state, near the Bay of Bengal.

source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/25/world/asia/india-boat-capsize/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • The fire service in north-west Italy has evacuated hundreds of people from their homes as smoke from forest fires chokes the air. Multiple fires have been blazing in woodland around three coastal villages in the Liguria region.

source :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16336753

  • The huge fire that engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine undergoing repairs in the northern Murmansk region has been put out, the emergency minister says.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16361825

  • Nine people are now confirmed to have died after a major tunnel collapsed in Japan, officials say.The bodies were found in three vehicles that were crushed by fallen concrete panels in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.A fire broke out after the tunnel caved in on Sunday, and a number of survivors fled to safety on foot. The usually busy tunnel remains closed, as police are investigating potential negligence. There will be serious questions about how a major tunnel on one of Japan’s most important traffic arteries could have failed so catastrophically, the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield Hayes in Tokyo reports. The private company that runs the highway has said the tunnel was given a major inspection just two months ago and was given a clean bill of health, our correspondent adds.source: http://www.myjoyonline.com/

 

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) — A fire ripped through a clothing factory near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, killing at least 117 people and sending workers jumping out of the multistory building. At least 200 people were injured as they rushed to get out of the factory in Ashulia, police said. Firefighters battled to contain the raging blaze that started Saturday night on the first floor of the nine-story building and spread to other floors, leaving hundreds of workers, mostly women, trapped.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/25/world/asia/bangladesh-factory-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • A petrol tanker has crashed in Venezuela, bursting into flames and engulfing seven cars and a bus in burning fuel.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16361121

  • (CNN) — Fresh lava and ash spewed Sunday from a volcano in northeast Indonesia, casting haze over the crater and prompting authorities to warn nearby residents, state news reported.Loud, thumping noises were heard at a monitoring post 6 kilometers (3.8 miles) from where Mount Lokon erupted around 2:05 p.m. (2:05 a.m. ET) Sunday, said Sutupo Purwo Nugroho of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Board, as reported by the official Antara news agency.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/07/world/asia/indonesia-volcano/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • The authorities in Chile have closed one of the country’s most popular national parks as a massive forest fire continues to rage through the area.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16369649

  • (CNN) — A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Ohio on Saturday, a week after a similar but smaller tremor rattled the region, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/31/us/ohio-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Los Angeles (CNN) — A joint task force Saturday was investigating a string of 35 fires across several Southern California communities, and one mayor called them a “new form of domestic terrorism.”
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/31/justice/california-arson/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
  • (CNN) — At least 24 people died when a boat believed to be carrying illegal immigrants sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey’s Izmir province on Thursday, according to the semiofficial Andalou Agency. Women and children were among the dead, the news service reported, citing acting Gov. Ardahan Totuk. Totuk said the passengers were illegal immigrants. The Andalou Agency did not say where the boat originated or where it was headed. More than 40 passengers were rescued and were in good condition, the news service said.Search and rescue activities were continuing, according to Totuk.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/06/world/meast/turkey-boat-sinks/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Chinandega, Nicaragua (CNN) — More than 1,500 people have been evacuated after a volcano in western Nicaragua erupted Saturday, shooting gas and ash 2 1/2 miles into the sky, government officials said. Explosions at San Cristobal Volcano — located in the department of Chinandega about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the Honduran border and 130 kilometers north of the capital, Managua — began around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, according to an assessment from SINAPRED, Nicaragua’s federal emergency and disaster management agency.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/08/world/americas/nicaragua-volcano/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  •  (CNN) — At least 29 people died after a passenger bus plunged down a cliff in the remote mountains of western Nepal, police said Tuesday. The accident occurred Monday night on a gravel road in the Kalikot district, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) west of Kathmandu, authorities said .“The bus driver seems to have lost control at a hairpin bend and the bus fell about 400 meters,” said police inspector Barun Bahadur Singh. Eleven people were rescued and were being treated in a local hospital, Singh said.
    In the mountains of Nepal bus accidents are frequent because of poor roads, old buses, overcrowding and inexperienced drivers.
    On Sunday, 13 people were killed in another bus accident in Gulmi district in western Nepal.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/11/world/asia/nepal-bus-accident/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • CNN) — A series of earthquakes in southwestern China on Friday killed at least five people and damaged more than 20,000 houses, the state run news agency Xinhua reported. The four quakes struck near the border of the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou between 11:19 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/07/world/asia/china-earthquakes/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

  • (CNN) — A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the coast of Japan on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.The earthquake hit 468 kilometers (302 miles) south-southwest of Tokyo at a depth of 348 kilometers, according to the USGS.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.
    SOURCE : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/01/world/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Ohio on Saturday, one week after a similar but smaller tremor rattled the region, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    The quake was centered 5 miles northwest of Youngstown and 6 miles southeast of Warren, the agency said. The quake’s epicenter was 55 miles east-southeast of Cleveland, and 145 miles northeast of Columbus.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/31/us/ohio-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Firefighters in Chile are tackling dozens of forest fires which have killed one person and destroyed 230 sq km (57,000 acres) of land in the southern and central regions.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16387079

  • At least 25 people have been killed and 150 more are missing after a landslide struck a mining village in the southern Philippines, officials say.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16420800

  • Brazilian authorities are trying to evacuate several thousand people after a dam burst in northern Rio de Janeiro state.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16426732

  • (CNN) — One freight train rear-ended another Friday afternoon, causing rail cars to jackknife into a passing third train, authorities in Porter County, Indiana, said.Two crew members suffered non-life threatening injuries. The remainder of the crews were accounted for, officials told CNN.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/06/us/indiana-trains/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A hot air balloon crash in New Zealand early Saturday killed 11 people — the pilot and 10 passengers — officials said.No one survived the crash, which happened on the outskirts of Carterton, a town northeast of Wellington.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/06/world/asia/new-zealand-balloon-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A cargo ship that ran aground on a reef off the coast of New Zealand last year has split in two, spewing debris and triggering the possibility of a new oil spill, officials said Sunday.
    source :http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/08/world/asia/new-zealand-oil-spill/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • The quake, which happened at 12:37 a.m. local time (1:37 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 18.1 miles, was centered in the Indian Ocean about 262 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, and 590 miles west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the USGS said.

source : http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/10/7-3-magnitude-quake-strikes-off-indonesia/?hpt=hp_t2

  • Three crew members are thought to have died on a South Korean fishing boat that caught fire in Antarctica. “Three crew members are still missing and are believed to have died in the fire in the vessel’s accommodation block,” the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre said.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16499390

  • At least three people are reported to have died after a cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany in Italy. Coastguards were forced to evacuate more than 4,000 passengers and crew from the Costa Concordia, near to the Isola del Giglio.

source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/13/us/obit-richard-threlkeld/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Moscow (CNN) — The failed Russian space probe Phobos-Grunt fell back to Earth on Sunday, crashing in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off Chile, Russia’s state news agency Itar-Tass announced. The spacecraft crashed about 1,250 km (775 miles) west of Chile’s Wellington Island, according to a Russian military spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass.
    The nearly 15-ton probe was supposed to have landed on one of the moons of Mars and send back soil and rock samples. But its engines failed to boost it out of Earth orbit after its November 9 launch, and Russian officials estimated that fragments weighing up to 440 pounds could have survived re-entry.

source :http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/15/world/europe/russia-mars-probe/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • (CNN) — A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of Antarctica, prompting a warning that there was a “small possibility” it could trigger a tsunami.
    The tremor was centered in waters south of South America’s southern tip, about 334 miles (539 kilometers) west of Coronation Island and 388 miles northeast of Palmer Station in Antarctica, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/15/world/americas/antarctica-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • The CEO of Costa Cruises, the owner of the ship that ran aground off Italy, says the captain made an “unapproved, unauthorised” deviation in course.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16576979

  • A South Korean cargo ship has sunk after an explosion on board, killing at least three crew members, the coast guard says.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16565208

  • A least eight people have been killed in a landslide in Brazil. Emergency workers said 14 people could still be buried in the mud in Jamapara, in Rio de Janeiro state.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16480213

  • (CNN) — U.S. sailors aboard a guided-missile destroyer aided the crew of a sinking Iranian fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.
    The crew had already boarded two other vessels and were safe, the USS Dewey said in a statement. But U.S. sailors boarded the vessels and provided food, water, medical and hygienic supplies, the statement said.
    It was the third time this month that Americans have assisted or rescued Iranians at sea, despite a wave of tension between Iran and the United States. Tehran and Washington have been adversaries for decades.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/19/world/meast/iran-us-rescue/index.html?hpt=wo_c2
  • A fire has ripped through a barn at a farm in the US state of New Jersey killing 22 show horses, each worth tens of thousands of dollars.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16669317

  • A 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the central Philippines, killing at least one and causing panic in nearby cities.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16901385

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN) — Brazilian rescue workers dug through rubble in search of survivors Thursday morning, hours after three buildings collapsed in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters.
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/26/world/americas/brazil-building-collapse/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • (CNN) — Twenty-six people were killed and 15 were rescued from a fire at a rehabilitation center in Lima, Peru, the state-run Andina news agency reported.The fire was controlled by firefighters by Saturday afternoon.The cause of the fire was under investigation, the fire department said, though witnesses said a mattress was set on fire during a melee inside the building.
    source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/28/world/americas/peru-rehab-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • A fire has ripped through a barn at a farm in the US state of New Jersey killing 22 show horses, each worth tens of thousands of dollars.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16669317

  • Jos, Nigeria (CNN) — A string of bombs struck churches in five Nigerian cities Sunday, leaving dozens dead and wounded on the holiday, authorities and witnesses said.
    The blasts mark the second holiday season that bombs have hit Christian houses of worship in the west African nation. In a statement issued late Tuesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the bombings “a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians.”
    source : http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/25/world/africa/nigeria-church-bombing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • FHM Philippines scraps cover in racism storm the Philippines, the men’s magazine FHM has scrapped the cover of its March issue after accusations it was racist.It featured actress Bela Padilla standing in front of two black models with the caption “stepping out of the shadows”.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17196449

  • New Delhi, India (CNN) — At least 25 people were killed when a fire ripped through a fireworks factory in southern India Wednesday, police said.The blaze at a factory in the town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu state left 50 others injured, District Police Chief Ajmal Godha said. Godha said emergency crews inside the gutted unit did not find anyone trapped inside.The factory employed between 250 and 300 workers; most managed to escape, Godha said. Police will investigate the cause of the fire, officials said. Sivakasi, in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district, is a hub of the country’s fireworks industry.
    The fireworks are a large part of the celebrations for Diwali, the country’s biggest Hindu festival, in November.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/05/world/asia/india-factory-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have called on Lokomotiv Moscow to identify the fan who threw a banana at Congo’s Christopher Samba on Sunday.
    The incident, which Anzhi have described as “idiotic”, took place in Moscow as the hosts won 1-0. “We are assured that representatives of … Lokomotiv will settle this issue and the guilty will be identified and punished,” Anzhi said in a statement.
    source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17434648
  • Now that 911 recordings show how a white Florida man continued to follow a 17-year-old black boy even after police advised him not to — and captured the sound of the man killing the unarmed youth with a shot to the chest — Trayvon Martin’s family wants the FBI to take over the investigation into his killing.

source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/19/148905661/killing-of-fla-teen-trayvon-martin-becomes-national-story-about-race

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17004512

  • San Jose, Costa Rica (CNN) — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica on Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The quake’s epicenter was nearly 50 miles (75 kilometers) south of the capital city, San Jose, the survey said. The quake was about 17 miles (28 kilometers) below the Earth’s surface, and its epicenter was just off the country’s southwestern coast.It struck about 4:55 a.m. local time (5:55 a.m. ET), according to the geological survey.There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.The agency estimated a higher magnitude for the quake earlier Monday in a preliminary reading.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/13/world/americas/costa-rica-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Honduras President Porfirio Lobo has pledged a “full and transparent” investigation after a fire at a jail killed more than 350 inmates.
  • (CNN) — A bus carrying school children burst into flames after a collision with a truck outside the Palestinian city of Ramallah on Thursday, killing at least six people, authorities said.
    Dozens more were injured and are undergoing treatment at Israeli and Palestinian hospitals.
    Palestinian medical sources said five of those killed were students traveling with their teacher.
    The school bus collided with a truck near a circle that acts as an interchange for traffic between Jerusalem and the West Bank, witnesses said.
    Tayser Odeh was commuting when he saw the truck in front of him lose control and start swerving.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/16/world/meast/mideast-bus-accident/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN) — Argentina’s president declared a two-day mourning period after a commuter train plowed into a barrier at a Buenos Aires station, killing 50 people and injuring hundreds more.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/22/world/americas/argentina-train-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A series of explosions at an ammunition depot killed 200 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Africa’s Republic of Congo, Congolese officials said Monday.
    SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/05/world/africa/congo-explosion/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • There are dozens of dead and injured after a head-on collision between two trains in the Polish village of Szczekociny. One ended up on the wrong set of rails during maintenance work in the area, authorities said. The Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, visited the disaster scene and called it the country’s worst rail accident in many years

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/04/poland-train-crash-video

  • At least 150 people have been reported missing after a ferry carrying around 200 passengers sunk in Bangladesh, police said, adding that about 35 people were rescued.

source:http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/20123134506785234.html

  • (CNN) — A bus crashed into a tunnel in Switzerland, killing 28 people, including 22 children, Tuesday night, police said. Another 24 children were injured in the wreck, police said.The bus was on its way back to Belgium from a ski trip. It slammed into a highway tunnel in Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais.Switzerland has 26 cantons, or districts.
    The bus was carrying 52 people in total: two bus divers, four other adults and 46 children.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/europe/switzerland-bus-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Tokyo (CNN) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
    The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a brief tsunami advisory, warning of a half-meter wave. The tsunami advisory was called off a short time after the agency issued it.
    The quake was centered about 270 kilometers (170 miles) off the east coast.
    There were no immediate reports of damage, police said.
    This temblor comes three days after the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan, and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) — At least 112 bodies have been recovered after a packed ferry capsized in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday. At least 35 survivors have been rescued, said local police chief Shahabuddin Khan, who is supervising the rescue operation. Khan could not say how many people were on the ferry when it sank early Tuesday in southern Bangladesh.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/asia/bangladesh-ferry-sinking/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • The Belgian authorities are preparing to fly home the bodies of 22 children and six adults killed in a coach crash in Switzerland.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17376620

  • (CNN) — A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit central Chile on Sunday, injuring three people and prompting emergency officials to order an evacuation along parts of the coast.
    There were no immediate reports of major damage.The earthquake was at a depth of 21.6 miles (34.8 km) and struck 16 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Talca, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had originally reported the quake was offshore and had a magnitude of 7.2.
    No tsunami warning was issued and authorities initially canceled an evacuation order that had been issued for parts of the coast. They reissued that order late Sunday as a preventative measure.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/25/world/americas/chile-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A twin-engine plane carrying 43 people crashed upon takeoff in Siberia on Monday, killing all but 11 people on board, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency said.
    The plane had taken off from the city of Tyumen and traffic control lost contact with it immediately afterward, the news agency said.
    The ATR-72 plane was carrying 39 passengers and four crew members.
    Thirty two of them died, including all four crew members, the news agency said.
    The 11 survivors were in intensive care, RIA-Novosti said.
    Authorities could not immediately say what caused the crash. Officials have recovered the plane’s data recorders, which will help shed light on what happened in the flight’s final minutes.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/01/world/europe/russia-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Europe’s largest volcano Mount Etna in Sicily has erupted again – the fifth time this year that it has been active.

Watch video here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17577784

  • (CNN) — An early morning fire at a market in southern Moscow killed at least 12 people Tuesday, Russia RIA Novosti news agency said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/03/world/europe/russia-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Mexico City (CNN) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck southern Mexico on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
    The quake’s epicenter was about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Ometepec, Guerrero. It was about 7.6 miles (12 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/02/world/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — “Multiple people” were injured after a small plane crashed into an Orlando area Publix supermarket Monday evening, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
    “All customers were evacuated safely and all Publix associates are accounted for,” Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said. The store remained closed late Monday.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/02/us/florida-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • A truck trailer park has been destroyed after a tornado struck in Dallas County in Texas. There were no immediate reports of injuries but the National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17605586

  • Mexico City (CNN) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck near Mexico’s western coast on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
    The epicenter of the quake was 32 miles (51 kilometers) southwest of La Mira, Michoacan, USGS said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/11/world/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A pair of strong earthquakes rocked Mexico’s Gulf of California only minutes apart early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    The quakes — magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 — were centered about 85 miles northeast of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, or 325 miles south-southwest of Phoenix in the United States. Both epicenters were shallow, a little more than six miles underground.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/12/world/americas/mexico-earthquakes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Tsunami fears after Indian Ocean earthquake rocks Indonesia.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/tsunami-fears-after-indian-ocean-earthquake-rocks-indonesia-20120411-1wsbl.html#ixzz1romFCFvy

  • A MASSIVE earthquake has hit beneath the ocean 346 kilometres south-west of Aceh, prompting tsunami warnings for as far away as India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Thailand.
    However, late yesterday, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said it appeared there would be no tsunami as a result.
    The quake hit at 3.38pm local time (6.38pm AEST) and registered 8.7. Aftershocks of up to 6.5 also rattled the province. But Indonesia’s disaster agency reported no significant damage to buildings at the closest major city, Banda Aceh.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/tsunami-fears-after-indian-ocean-earthquake-rocks-indonesia-20120411-1wsbl.html#ixzz1romMKnbN

  • Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — Five people died after two major earthquakes struck near Indonesia, authorities said Thursday.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/12/world/asia/indonesia-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, but there were no immediate reports of major damage, authorities said.
    The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/17/world/americas/chile-quake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • Mexico City (CNN) — Scientists recorded continuing volcanic activity Tuesday in Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, which sits just southeast of Mexico City and its more than 19 million residents.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/17/world/americas/mexico-volcano/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, likely killing all four of its crew members — all of them Americans — a U.S. military official said.
    The crash occurred in bad weather, though the official said, “We cannot yet rule out enemy action.”
    source : http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/19/world/asia/us-afghanistan-helicopter-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A commercial airplane carrying at least 121 people crashed Friday in Rawalpindi just before it was to land at an airport in Islamabad, according to Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, which cited poor weather as a possible factor.
    The Bhoja Air Boeing 737 was on its first flight from Karachi to Islamabad, authority spokesman Pervaz George told CNN, who said weather conditions in the capital were cloudy. Officials initially reported that 131 people were on board, but George later reduced that number.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/20/world/pakistan-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
  • (CNN) — At least 100 people are feared dead after a ferry broke in two and sank in a remote part of northeastern India, according to officials.
    The ferry sank Monday evening as it sailed along the Brahmaputra River in Assam, the state’s home commissioner Jishnu Barua told CNN.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/asia/india-ferry/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
  • (CNN) — A helicopter carrying members of the Colombian Air Force and police crashed in the north of the Latin American nation on Monday, killing all 13 people on board.
    The crash took place at 4:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. ET) in the municipality of Sabanagrande, near Colombia’s Caribbean coast, according to a statement from the Colombian Air Force.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/01/world/americas/colombia-air-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Indonesian officials say a helicopter has spotted what is thought to be wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet plane that disappeared on Wednesday.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18015534

  • Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — A small plane crashed as it attempted to land in a mountainous area of Nepal on Monday, killing 14 of the 21 people on board, an aviation official said.
    The plane was coming into land at the airport at Jomsom, a popular tourist town in central Nepal, when it crashed, said Purusottam Shakya, deputy director of air traffic service operations in Kathmandu.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/14/world/asia/nepal-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • The violent rise and collapse of an underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean is captured in startling clarity for the first time.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18040658

  • A plane carrying Francois Hollande was forced to turn back to Paris, after apparently being struck by lightning en route to Berlin.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18074342

  • Finale Emilia, Italy (CNN) — Thousands of survivors huddled in tents or in their cars under rainy skies early Monday following a weekend earthquake that killed seven people across northern Italy.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/20/world/europe/italy-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bulgaria on Tuesday, about 14 miles outside the capital of Sofia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was less than six miles deep, the USGS said.
    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/21/world/europe/bulgaria-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • New Delhi (CNN) — At least 14 people are dead after a train crash in India early Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the ministry of railways said.
    The Hampi Express passenger train was traveling from Hubli to Bangalore and crashed into a stationary goods train in Penukonda, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, said the spokesman, Anil Kumar Saxena.
    The collision, which involved three coaches of the Hampi Express, also left 35 people injured.
    Saxena said he suspects the driver of the Hampi Express may have overlooked a red signal. He said an investigation has been ordered.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/22/world/asia/india-train-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • (CNN) — A bus carrying Albanian university students plunged hundreds of feet into a ravine Monday, killing at least 12 people according to police.
    Rescuers were working Monday to free students who may be trapped inside the bus, located at the bottom of a deep ravine near the city of Himara, about 136 km (86 miles) south of the capital of Tirana. 19 killed in bus accident in Peru. According to police, the driver of the private bus carrying about 49 female students from Aleksander Xhuvani University of Elbasan tried to stop the bus for some reason but failed. The vehicle left the road and fell 150 meters (492 feet) into ravine below.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/21/world/europe/albania-bus-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • Several people are reported to have sustained varying degrees of injuries after a benz bus there were travelling on was involved in an accident on the Tema Motorway. The accident occurred at a spot near the police post at Trazaaco. There are no reports of fatalities.

Source: http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201205/87263.php

  • An Australian submarine has sunk a decommissioned US warship during a test of a new torpedo. The MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Sonar System torpedo was fired from HMAS Waller during the Rim of Pacific 2008 naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7523147.stm

  • (CNN) — A fire erupted in a nursery in a shopping mall in Qatar’s capital city, Doha, late Monday morning, killing 19 people, at least 13 of them children, a government official said.
    The fatalities at the Villaggio shopping mall included seven girls and six boys, four teachers and two members of the civil defense, said the minister of state for interior affairs, H.E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, in a posting on the ministry’s Facebook page.
    Another 17 people were injured, four of them children, he said.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/28/world/meast/qatar-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two International Security Assistance Force troops were killed in one of two helicopter crashes Monday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
    Separately, three police and four tribal elders were killed in a roadside bombing, police said.
    The first helicopter crash, during a routine operation, did not result in any fatalities, said ISAF spokesman Capt. Justin Brockhoff. Two died in the second crash, ISAF said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/28/world/asia/afghanistan-isaf-aircraft/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — At least 28 people were injured Monday, four of them critically, in an explosion in downtown Nairobi, according to Kenyatta National Hospital.
    Prime Minister Raila Odinga said he believes the blast was “act of terror,” but hospital and police on the scene said they suspect an electrical fire was the cause.
    The hospital said injuries were “not consistent with a grenade or bomb blast.”
    But Dennis Onyango, an aide to Odinga, said the level of damage was too much for a fire.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/28/world/africa/kenya-explosion/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • (CNN) — A pilot and passenger were killed as two small planes collided in the air above Fauquier County, Virginia, on Monday, the FAA and Virginia State Police told CNN.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/28/us/virginia-planes-collide/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  • A passenger plane with about 150 people on board has crashed into buildings in a densely populated district of Nigeria’s main city of Lagos.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18316130

  • The Cargo plane which crashed into the Hajj Village near the El Wak Sports Stadium, Saturday night made the headlines of most international media houses. In all there were 400 major news websites reported the event.

source:http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=240845

  • (CNN) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Panama on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The center of the quake was roughly 215 miles south of David, Panama, and almost 330 miles southwest of the capital, Panama City, the USGS said. It was an estimated six miles deep.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/03/world/americas/panama-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — An air tanker crashed while fighting a fire in western Utah on Sunday, killing two pilots, a spokesman for local authorities said. The crash took place near the Utah-Nevada state line, said Detective Sgt. Jody Edwards, a spokesman for the Iron County, Utah, sheriff. When it went down, the tanker was on its second run of the day fighting the White Rock Fire, and was loaded with about 1,600 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of water and fire retardant, he said.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/03/us/utah-tanker-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — A record wildfire raged on in southwestern New Mexico on Sunday, belching out a wall of smoke as it devoured thousands of acres and advanced across the rugged wilderness.
    Authorities cautioned children, adults with heart disease and other sensitive groups to stay indoors and avoid the smoke.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/03/us/new-mexico-historic-wildfire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — A helicopter crashed in the outskirts of Nairobi on Sunday, killing the Kenyan internal security minister — a man who once served as vice president and was a presidential contender in an upcoming election.
    Security minister George Saitoti, 66, was one of the most visible figures in the nation’s politics.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/10/world/africa/kenya-minister-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A landslide set off by earthquakes has killed scores of people in a remote area of northern Afghanistan after rocks crushed their mud houses, a local official said Tuesday. A 5.4 magnitude quake on Monday morning in Baghlan Province was followed less than half an hour later by a 5.7 magnitude one in the same area, according to the U.S. source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/asia/afghanistan-quake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  • (CNN) — At least 11 people are dead and 13 missing after a boat carrying 28 Haitian migrants ran into trouble while on its way to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday.
    Four of those on board made it safely to shore and raised the alarm with the Bahamas police force, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said.
    The Haitians’ vessel broke up off Hawksbill Cay in the Bahamas, he said.
    The U.S. Coast Guard sent three aircraft, one of them a rescue helicopter, to the scene after Bahamian authorities asked for help, where they recovered 11 bodies, Rios said.
    The United States has long been a destination for migrants from Haiti, with many sailing via the Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands.

source:http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/americas/haiti-boat-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • A massive explosion at a government-owned steel plant in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed at least 11 people, police say.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-18437238

 

  • Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A landslide set off by earthquakes has killed scores of people in a remote area of northern Afghanistan after rocks crushed their mud houses, a local official said Tuesday. A 5.4 magnitude quake on Monday morning in Baghlan Province was followed less than half an hour later by a 5.7 magnitude one in the same area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
    The tremors dislodged rocks on the side of a mountain in the district of Burka, bringing them crashing down on houses below and killing between 80 and 90 people, said Munshi Majid, the governor of Baghlan.
    source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/asia/afghanistan-quake/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • (CNN) — At least 11 people are dead and 13 missing after a boat carrying 28 Haitian migrants ran into trouble while on its way to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday.
    Four of those on board made it safely to shore and raised the alarm with the Bahamas police force, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said.
    source:http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/12/world/americas/haiti-boat-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

  • A massive explosion at a government-owned steel plant in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed at least 11 people, police say.The blast triggered a fire in the plant in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam. At least 16 other workers suffered serious burn injuries.The blast took place in an oxygen tank in the plant when workers were installing new equipment, reports said.The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are critical.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-18437238

 

  • Ghana: Accra’s Melcom department store collapses. A multi-storey department store has collapsed in the capital of Ghana, Accra, trapping dozens of people in the rubble. Rescue efforts are continuing, with officials saying that at least four people died in the Melcom store. The BBC’s Sammy Darko, who has visited the scene, says 42 people have been pulled out alive. Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama said he had suspended his campaign for next month’s election. The government has declared the area in the city’s Achimota neighbourhood a disaster zone.source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20237230

 

 

11. WARS (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL)

  • At least 50 people have been killed in eastern Nigeria in clashes between rival ethnic groups, officials said. A government spokesman said the violence in the state of Ebonyi took place between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16376582

  • Sudan president seeks to ‘liberate’ South Sudan. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has said his main goal is now to “liberate” the people of South Sudan from its rulers following recent border clashes.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17761949

  • Renewed fighting on Sudan border near disputed oilfield. Fighting has broken out on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, shortly after the South pulled out of a disputed border town.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17808937

  • China needs a ”consistent policy” on the South China Sea if it is to resolve disputes, a new report says. The International Crisis Group said ”conflicting mandates” and ”lack of co-ordination” among Chinese agencies had stoked tension in the region.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17809959

 

  • Hong Kong (CNN) — North Korea said Monday that it would soon initiate “special actions” aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government. North Korean armed forces will use “unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style” to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report, adding that the operation would take 3 or 4 minutes.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/23/world/asia/north-korea-threats/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • Sudan’s army kills Justice and Equality Movement leader Khalil Ibrahim along with 30 of his troops in North Kordofan

SOURCE : http://www.aljazeera.com/

 

  • The UN Security Council has backed a resolution calling for sanctions against leaders of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The resolution, adopted unanimously, came hours after the rebels seized the eastern city of Goma.The rebels met little resistance from the army or UN peacekeepers.In its resolution, the Security Council demanded an end to foreign support for the M23 rebels and expressed readiness to take appropriate measures. source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20422053

 

  • Iran has successfully test-fired a ground-to-ship cruise missile during military exercises in the Gulf, the official Irna news agency reports.Iranian naval commander Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted as saying it was the first time they had tested the Iranian-made Ghader missile, with a range of 200km.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16377185

  • UN warns South Sudanese to flee deadly ethnic vendetta. The United Nations has warned villagers in South Sudan to flee from advancing fighters from a rival ethnic group.Fighters from the Lou Nuer ethnic group are pursuing members of the Murle group, reports say, as a deadly vendetta over cattle raiding continues.

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16381579

  • Israel-Gaza crisis: Push for ceasefire amid fresh attacks. International efforts to finalise a ceasefire are being stepped up after a night of renewed Israeli air strikes in Gaza and sporadic Hamas rocket attacks. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting the West Bank and, later, Cairo after talks with Israeli leaders. Palestinian sources had suggested a truce would be announced on Tuesday, but Israel said no deal was struck. Some 136 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed since the flare-up began eight days ago, officials say.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20422152

 

12. MISSION TO THE PLANET MARS

  • Moscow (CNN) — The failed Russian space probe Phobos-Grunt fell back to Earth on Sunday, crashing in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off Chile, Russia’s state news agency Itar-Tass announced. The spacecraft crashed about 1,250 km (775 miles) west of Chile’s Wellington Island, according to a Russian military spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass.
    The nearly 15-ton probe was supposed to have landed on one of the moons of Mars and send back soil and rock samples. But its engines failed to boost it out of Earth orbit after its November 9 launch, and Russian officials estimated that fragments weighing up to 440 pounds could have survived re-entry.

source :http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/15/world/europe/russia-mars-probe/index.html?hpt=hp_t2