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A precarious metal boat carrying 40-50 migrants across the Mediterranean from Africa.


Europe plays the blame game over asylum-seekers

“There had been landings but never a tragedy like this,” the mayor of Cutro, a southern Italian town, said after a boat carrying an estimated 200 migrants splintered into pieces on Sunday after hitting rocky terrain.

At least 63 people, including children and at least one newborn, were found dead, while 80 migrants, all adults, survived. Dozens remain missing. Most of the migrants came from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran, having crossed the tumultuous sea from Turkey.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with his daughter Kim Ju Ae at a banquet in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via Reuters Connect

Hard Numbers: North Korea bans a name, US inflation stays warm, aid trucks cross into Syria, Ukrainians freeze sperm

0: The number of North Korean girls who are allowed to have the same name as Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter Kim Ju-Ae is now, reportedly, zero. Young Ju Ae, who is thought to be around 11 years old, has recently been in the spotlight inspecting weapons with her dad and appearing on postage stamps.

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Photo composite of devastation in Turkey and Syria.

Annie Gugliotta

Hard Numbers: Turkey-Syria earthquake devastation

The death toll from Monday's earthquake in Turkey and Syria has now surpassed 20,000. Want to donate to help people in need? Consider these worthy causes: Ahbap Platform, Turkey Mozaik Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, UNICEF, Red Cross.

16: That’s how many unaccompanied babies have been flown from the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras to Ankara, the capital, after being rescued from the rubble. Presumably, most – if not all – are now orphans.

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Afghan men sell Taliban flags outside the former US embassy in Kabul.


Can a deadly quake inspire change for Afghanistan?

Struggling with a drought, economic collapse, famine, and an enemy more extreme than themselves, the Taliban now face Afghanistan’s worst natural calamity in years.

More than a thousand people were killed in last week’s earthquake, and while humanitarian organizations are eager to help, there is a gap in the international relief effort. Questions about recognizing the Taliban during this time of crisis, or working with the Islamists for the long-term development of the country, come sharply into focus.

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Storm-battered Philippines cleans up

November 23, 2020 5:00 AM

In a matter of hours, swathes of the main Philippine island of Luzon were flooded by record downpours from Typhoon Vamco. Rivers burst their banks, landslides smashed into villages and rice fields were flattened. Much of the capital Manila was inundated by muddy water that quickly reached the rooftops of homes in some areas.

Philippines evacuates thousands as Typhoon Vamco approaches

November 12, 2020 5:00 AM

MANILA • The Philippine authorities have ordered thousands of residents in eastern coastal communities to evacuate ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Vamco, only weeks after the country was battered by the strongest typhoon so far this year.

Troops, helicopters search for survivors after deadly landslides in Vietnam

October 15, 2020 5:00 AM

HANOI • Vietnam deployed helicopters and soldiers yesterday to search for dozens of people feared dead in two catastrophic landslides, near a hydropower dam, triggered by adverse weather that aid groups warned could overwhelm the most resilient communities.

At least 11 dead after rain-triggered landslides in Nepal

September 15, 2020 5:00 AM

At least 11 people were killed and many more reported missing in the hilly region, which borders Tibet, officials said, bringing a renewed crisis to an area hit hard by a devastating earthquake in 2015.

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