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Mudslide kills 12 people in central Colombia

Colombian disaster officials say at least 12 people have died in a mudslide that swept through their mountainside homes. Officials say the slide occurred at about 2 am Thursday in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia and caught the victims while the slept.   Four children were killed by the mudslide and 53 people were rescued.   Heavy rains cause floods ...

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Indonesia earthquake death toll climbs to 2065

The official death toll was 2,065 late Wednesday. Officially, 680 people are missing but officials have acknowledged the number could be several thousand because hundreds of homes were sucked into the earth. Firefighters searched the rubble Thursday in a last push to find victims. They also burned debris and excavators dug into the tangled remains of buildings.   Heavy equipment ...

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12 killed, over 69,000 affected in Sri Lanka heavy rains

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) on Thursday said 12 people had been killed and over 69,000 affected from the heavy winds and rains which lashed out across the island since last weekend. DMC Spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said that while rains had now reduced, people who had been relocated to safe shelters were urged not to return home due to ...

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Quake near Bali, Indonesia, kills at least 3

Indonesia authorities say at least three people have been killed and four injured Thursday after a powerful earthquake struck near the popular tourist island of Bali. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that shook Bali and East Java.   The country is ...

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Reports: Malaysia plans to end death penalty for all crimes

Malaysia’s government reportedly plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions. Local media reported Law Minister Liew Vui Keong announced Wednesday that the Cabinet had agreed to abolish the death penalty and that the bills to do so would be tabled when Parliament resumes Monday.   Human rights groups hailed the decision. Amnesty International ...

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Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori arrested

Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of the former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has been arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering. Mrs Fujimori, who is leader of the opposition in the Peruvian congress, was detained along with her husband.   The judge said they would be held initially for 1days along with 19 other suspects.   Prosecutors allege she ...

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Majorca flash flood kills at least 10 on Spanish island

A flash flood on the Spanish island of Majorca has killed at least 10 people, including at least three foreigners. A wave of muddy water engulfed the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, in the east of the island, after heavy rain caused a river to burst its banks.   Vehicles were swept away as water gushed through narrow streets. ...

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India train cars derail, at least 5 people killed, 35 hurt

Photo: Indian security men stand at the scene after an express train partially derailed at a railway station in Rae Bareli, 80 kilometers southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, Oct.10, 2018. Lucknow, Oct 10 : Police say an express train has partially derailed in northern India, killing five passengers and injuring dozens more. Police director ...

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5 dead in torrential flooding in Spain’s Mallorca island

Emergency services in Spain’s Balearic islands say at least five people have died in flooding caused by a torrential rainstorm, with rescuers looking for an unknown number of people still missing. An emergency services spokeswoman said four people died in Sant Lorrenc, a town about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca’s capital, Palma.   The fifth victim was in ...

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Guatemala ex-VP Roxana Baldetti jailed in ‘Magic Water’ scandal

A court in Guatemala has sentenced the former vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, to 15 years and six months in jail for her role in what became known as the “Magic Water” scandal. Prosecutors said that she embezzled millions from a state fund set up to decontaminate a lake.  The chemical formula used as part of the clean-up was an ineffective solution ...

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