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October 24, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANKARA, TURKEY - Cries of panic and horror filled the air as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 138 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into rubble. The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers sifted through the wreckage and reached outlying villages. Tens of thousands ran screaming into the streets or trying to reach relatives on cellphones as apartment and office buildings cracked or collapsed. As the full extent of the damage became clear, survivors dug in with shovels or even their bare hands, desperately trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.
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October 27, 2011 | By Selcan Hacaoglu and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press
ERCIS, Turkey - Murat Sonmez's mother, wife, and four daughters were crushed to death in their home by Turkey's 7.2-magnitude earthquake, leaving him so distraught he found it difficult to speak. While media coverage has centered on tales of against-the-odds rescues including a 2-week-old baby girl who was pulled alive from the rubble, most stories of the trapped have ended the way that Sonmez's has, with death and unfathomable pain for those left behind. "I was not at home," Sonmez said, lapsing into silence at times Wednesday.
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June 4, 2013 | By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City, and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma. Utility companies in northern New England reported that more than 40,000 customers were without power as strong storms moved through the area. More than 17,000 were without power in Maine on Sunday night, and more than 13,000 were without electricity in New Hampshire.
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February 5, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The death toll from violence between protesters and Egyptian security forces climbed to 12 on Saturday, but clashes eased as weary demonstrators and riot police squared off on battered streets leading to the capital's Interior Ministry. Protests jolted several other cities, including Alexandria and Suez, where medical officials told Egyptian reporters that seven demonstrators had died since renewed violence erupted nationwide Thursday. Five people were killed in Cairo as police fired tear gas and birdshot at stone-throwing protesters in skirmishes around the Interior Ministry.
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August 29, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The government yesterday raised the official death toll from 13 to 21 in the Tuesday night violence in the black township of Soweto and announced an investigation to "determine what really took place. " Twenty of the dead were blacks shot in clashes with police. In Johannesburg, about 400 students protesting the Soweto shootings clashed with police, who fired tear gas to disperse them. The incident took place during a student rally on the University of the Witwatersrand campus.
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February 24, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A candidate in India's general election and four activists of his Samajwadi Party were shot dead in the eastern state of Bihar before dawn today, police said. United News of India said Devendra Dubey, who stood for the Motihari lower house of parliament seat in polling on Sunday, and his colleagues were attacked by unidentified gunmen as they were traveling in a jeep at Bariaria village in Motihari district. In other election-related violence, leftist guerrillas yesterday set off a mine that killed five soldiers sent to guard voting stations.
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May 13, 1986 | By Donald Kimelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Soviet authorities announced last night that six people had died from "burns and radiation" received in the April 26 nuclear accident at Chernobyl and that 35 were now in "grave condition" - nearly twice as many as 12 days ago. The official death toll from the reactor explosion now stands at eight. The first two fatalities were attributed to physical injuries received during the accident; the deaths announced last night were the first to result from exposure to radioactivity. On May 1, the Soviets announced that 18 people were in "grave condition," a group that presumably included the six who died.
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April 16, 2013 | By Abdi Guled and Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A barrage of bullets and two car bomb blasts rattled Mogadishu on Sunday when nine al-Shabab Islamic extremists stormed Somalia's main court complex, officials said, in a two-hour attack that shows the country's most dangerous militant group may be down but not defeated. A preliminary death toll stood at 16, including all nine attackers. The government didn't immediately publicize the number of security forces, government employees. and civilians who died. The assault was the most serious in Mogadishu since al-Shabab was forced out of the capital in August 2011.
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August 29, 2011 | By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
ABUJA, Nigeria - Two top U.N. officials offered conflicting views Sunday on the safety of its headquarters in Nigeria after a suicide car bombing there, as the world body paused to mourn the 23 people killed in the attack claimed by a radical Muslim sect. U.N. security chief Gregory Starr acknowledged that safety features "could have been better" to stop the speeding sedan loaded with explosives. Hours later, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told journalists that the building had "really, really tight" security.
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July 26, 2011 | By Bjoern Amland and Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press
OSLO, Norway - The self-described perpetrator of Norway's deadly bombing and shooting rampage was ordered held in solitary confinement Monday after calmly telling a court that two other cells of collaborators stood ready to join his murderous campaign. Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who has admitted bombing the capital and opening fire on a youth group's island retreat, told authorities he expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Declaring he wanted to save Europe from "Muslim domination," he entered a plea of not guilty, which will guarantee him future court hearings and opportunities to address the public, even indirectly.
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July 24, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MORE THAN a year after a botched demolition on Market Street turned tragic, the official death toll may go up by one. Six people died and 14 more were injured in the immediate aftermath of the June 5, 2013, catastrophe, in which an unsupported wall from the demolition site fell onto an open Salvation Army store next door and crushed those inside. Yesterday, the widow of Danny Johnson, a shopper who was trapped under the rubble and died 23 days later, filed a wrongful-death suit against the property owner, contractor, architect and excavator operator of the demolition, as well as the Salvation Army.
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July 27, 2013 | By Albert Aji and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria - The number of dead in Syria's civil war has passed 100,000, the U.N. chief said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 21/2 years of violence even as President Bashar al-Assad's government blasted the United States as an unsuitable peace broker. In the latest example of the relentless carnage, a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 66 in a pro-regime, residential area near the capital. All international attempts to broker a political solution to the Syrian civil war have failed.
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July 26, 2013 | By Harold Heckle and Ciaran Giles, Associated Press
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A Spanish train that hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend was going so fast that carriages tumbled off the tracks like dominos, killing 80 people and maiming dozens more, according to eyewitness accounts and video footage obtained Thursday. An Associated Press analysis of video images suggests the train may have been traveling at twice the speed limit, or more, along that curved stretch of track. The unanswered question is: Why?
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July 25, 2013 | By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
CAIRO - The death toll from two days of clashes between supporters and foes of Egypt's ousted president rose to 11 Tuesday, most killed in predawn street battles near a pro-Mohammed Morsi protest camp as the country remained mired in turmoil three weeks after the military overthrew the Islamist leader. The bloodshed is widening the divisions between Morsi's supporters and the military-backed administration that took over after his ouster. Fueling anger is the detention of Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, who has been held incommunicado and without charge.
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July 12, 2013 | By David Crary, Associated Press
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian officials told distraught families Wednesday that 30 people still missing after the fiery crash of a runaway oil train are presumed dead. Along with 20 bodies found, that would put the death toll from Saturday's derailment and explosions in this lakeside town at 50. Hours before that somber meeting, the head of the U.S. railway company whose train crashed made his first visit to Lac-Megantic since the disaster, amid jeers from residents and criticism from politicians, including the Quebec premier.
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July 11, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian authorities said yesterday that they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train in this small town as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the burned-out ruins. Quebec police Inspector Michel Forget said investigators have "discovered elements" that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism. The death toll rose with the discovery of two more bodies yesterday.
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July 10, 2013
Criminal probe into train crash LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Authorities said Tuesday they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the blackened, burned-out ruins of this small town. Quebec Police Inspector Michel Forget said that investigators have "discovered elements" that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism. Tangled debris and gas leaks hampered rescue workers' search for bodies three days after the crash early Saturday that incinerated much of Lac-Megantic's downtown and raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail instead of pipeline.
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June 10, 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A woman who was critically wounded in Friday's Santa Monica shooting rampage died yesterday, bringing the total number of victims killed by the gunman to five. Marcela Franco, 26, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos. Franco had been a passenger in a Ford Explorer driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who also was killed in the attack. The shooter, identified by authorities as John Zawahri, 23, was shot and killed by police in the library at Santa Monica College.
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June 7, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, BARBARA LAKER & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AS DARKNESS descended on the rubble of the massive building collapse at 22nd and Market streets last night, rescue workers pulled one body after another from under the pile of brick and concrete, bringing the death toll to six. Miraculously, a 61-year-old woman was pulled alive out of the rubble more than 12 hours after the collapse late last night. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne said early Thursday that 61-year-old Myra Plekam was awake and talking to rescuers. Mayor Nutter confirmed the fatalities at a news conference at the scene, saying shortly after 11 p.m. that "this is still an active search and rescue mission.
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June 4, 2013 | By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City, and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma. Utility companies in northern New England reported that more than 40,000 customers were without power as strong storms moved through the area. More than 17,000 were without power in Maine on Sunday night, and more than 13,000 were without electricity in New Hampshire.
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