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June 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
Survivors returned to their villages Wednesday to find them virtually wiped out by a cyclone that tore across western India, killing at least 415 people, injuring 1,200 and leaving thousands homeless. The toll from Tuesday's storm, the worst to hit India in 25 years, could rise. Many people remain missing, and relief workers have yet to reach remote villages.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as nearly half a million people evacuated to shelters in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas amid power outages, large storm surges and canceled trains and flights. Officials said Cyclone Phailin was expected to affect 12 million people in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh with the potential to become a “super cyclone,” which occurs when wind speeds exceed 135 miles per hour. "This is one of the largest evacuations undertaken in India," Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters in the capital, New Delhi.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as nearly half a million people evacuated to shelters in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas amid power outages, large storm surges and canceled trains and flights. Officials said Cyclone Phailin was expected to affect 12 million people in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh with the potential to become a “super cyclone,” which occurs when wind speeds exceed 135 miles per hour. "This is one of the largest evacuations undertaken in India," Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters in the capital, New Delhi.
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June 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
Survivors returned to their villages Wednesday to find them virtually wiped out by a cyclone that tore across western India, killing at least 415 people, injuring 1,200 and leaving thousands homeless. The toll from Tuesday's storm, the worst to hit India in 25 years, could rise. Many people remain missing, and relief workers have yet to reach remote villages.
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October 12, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Fifty-one people, including 14 children, were killed when a vehicle plunged off of a mountain road in southeast Peru and fell more than 650 feet, local news media reported. According to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, the vehicle was packed with revelers from a party Friday night  when it left the city of Santa Teresa, in the Cuscu region. [Link in Spanish.] No one in the vehicle was believed to have survived, and authorities are investigating whether the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time, the newspaper reported.
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October 13, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Flaming debris from the midair breakup of a military fighter jet Sunday rained onto a rural hamlet near Luxor, the site of some of Egypt's most celebrated ancient tombs and temples. One person was killed on the ground and two were hurt, officials said. The pilot of the Russian-made MiG-21, which was on a training flight, managed to eject and parachute to safety. Egyptian army spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali blamed a “sudden malfunction” for the crash, but gave no details. The Ahram website quoted Luxor's security director as saying that fiery wreckage plummeted onto agricultural fields and village homes, killing a farmer and some livestock and injuring two villagers.
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October 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.
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October 12, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Apparently seeking to prevent a student's death from becoming a rallying cause for the backers of Egypt's deposed Islamist president, authorities said Saturday they were investigating the circumstances of the teenager's killing. The announcement came a day after Belal Ali Saber, a 19-year-old engineering student, died in a protest at the same site where security forces killed hundreds of followers of the ousted leader, Mohamed Morsi, in mid-August. Demonstrations were held in Cairo and several other cities on Friday by followers of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood to commemorate 100 days since the Egyptian military removed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, from power.
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October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
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October 12, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - African Union leaders Saturday said that no sitting African leader should face trial by the International Criminal Court for heinous crimes. But African opponents failed to win support for a mass withdrawal from the ICC at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Africa's relationship with the court, according to news agencies. After the summit, AU officials suggested that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would withdraw his cooperation with the court based in The Hague in his upcoming trial for crimes against humanity.
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