20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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05 Jul 2018

Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear power plant and crashed it into the walls of a building that house its spent fuel pool, an action the group said served to highlight “the extreme vulnerability of this type of building, which contain the

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16 May 2018

Red Alert Issued For Aviation As Kilauea Spews ‘Vog’ 12,000 Feet Into Sky

“A massive ash plume rising from a fissure on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has caused authorities to issue a red alert for airplanes in the region for the first time since the mountain suddenly ramped up its activity nearly two weeks ago. What scientists have dubbed ‘vog’ – a combination of

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18 Dec 2017

Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines

“Dozens of people were killed and many more were missing after tropical storm Kai-Tak triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines.” Source: Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines – Bloomberg

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18 Dec 2017

Java earthquake kills at least three people and damages buildings

“A powerful earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java has killed at least three people and caused damage to hundreds of buildings.” Source: Java earthquake kills at least three people and damages buildings | World news | The Guardian

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07 Dec 2017

L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging

“Wildfires raging across Southern California have shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles, suspended filming, wiped out more than $3 billion of market value for regional utility Edison International and are threatening some of the state’s lucrative crops.” Source: L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging –

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13 Nov 2017

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 300

“More than 300 people were killed in Iran when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country on Sunday, state media said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well.” Source: Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran,

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27 Sep 2017

Thousands evacuated in Ukraine as ammunition depot explodes

“Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace over the region, officials said on Wednesday.” Source: Thousands evacuated in Ukraine as ammunition depot explodes

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25 Sep 2017

Earthquake In North Korea Sets Off Alarm And Speculation

“Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an earthquake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.” Source: Earthquake

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