October 24, 2011 |
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.
October 27, 2011 |
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.
June 4, 2013 |
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.
February 5, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 1986 |
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.
February 24, 1998 |
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.
May 13, 1986 |
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.
April 16, 2013 |
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.
August 29, 2011 |
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.
July 26, 2011 |
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.