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Nuclear experts to help Fukushima decontamination

The UN atomic agency IAEA said Tuesday it was sending 12international experts to Japan on October 7-15 to assist the country with clean-up efforts after the nuclear accident of Fukushima in March. The experts “will go to several locations in the Fukushima Prefecture and conduct meetings in Tokyo with Japanese officials to provide assistance to Japan in its plans…

Rescuers raise 48 bodies from Volga boat accident

Russian rescuers recovered nearly 50 bodies on Monday from an overcrowded pleasure boat that sank in the Volga River in an accident the Kremlin blamed on disregard for safety. Divers reported raising 48 bodies off the vessel, the Bulgaria, which went down in a heavy storm on Sunday on one…

Death toll climbs to 80 in India rail accident

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The death toll in a train accident in northern India climbed to 80 on Monday with more than 350 injured in one of the worst rail disasters to hit the country’s troubled rail network in years. The accident occurred on Sunday in northern Uttar Pradesh state…

35 dead, 200 hurt as two trains derailed in India

Two passenger trains were derailed in separate incidents in India on Sunday, leaving at least 35 people dead and about 200 injured in a day of carnage on the country’s railways. In the first accident in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a packed train travelling at full speed was…

U.S. activist death in Israel ‘was accident’: witness

HAIFA, Israel — A key witness in a civil case brought by the family of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli bulldozer during a demonstration in Gaza, said on Sunday that she had caused her own death. Retired Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, a former brigade commander in Gaza, said…

Japan to ‘stress test’ all nuclear reactors

Japan said Wednesday it will run “stress tests” on all its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about…

Passer-by saves China toddler in 10-story fall

A two-year-old Chinese girl survived a fall from a 10th-floor window thanks to a passer-by who raced to catch the toddler, state media reported Sunday. Wu Juping, 31 — herself the mother of a seven-month-old baby — was feted as a heroine on Chinese television, which showed her in a…

Motorcyclist protesting helmet law dies of head injury

A motorcyclist riding in a group without a helmet died in an accident when he flipped over his handlebars, Reuters reported. The man, Philip Contos, was bare-headed on purpose — the group he was riding with was protesting New York’s law requiring that motorcyclists wear helmets. He died of the…

China hit by two mining accidents

BEIJING — China suffered two mining accidents on Saturday that left three workers dead and 40 trapped underground, state media said, the latest incidents to hit the nation’s dangerous collieries. One mine collapsed in Heshan city in the southern region of Guangxi, and rescuers sent to help the trapped workers…

UN to study implications of Japan’s nuclear crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday launched a study of the health, safety and security impact of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in March. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations would undertake “a U.N. system-wide…

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