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Plane crashes in Kazakhstan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/27/19, 10:00 am

A Bek Air plane hit a concrete wall and a two-story building after takeoff in Almaty, Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people and hospitalizing 54. At least 10 people were in critical condition. The plane, carrying 98 passengers, was taking off on the way to the capital city of Nur-Saltan, formerly known as Astana, when it crashed early Friday.

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Australian wildfires still blazing

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/19/19, 11:21 am

Australian authorities declared the second state of emergency in less than two months on Thursday as strong winds and hot weather fueled wildfires on the east coast. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the “bushfires” have put at least three firefighters in the hospital and destroyed about 20 properties.

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Death toll rises in New Zealand volcano disaster

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/10/19, 10:40 am

A sixth victim of the White Island volcano eruption died overnight in an Auckland, New Zealand, hospital. Eight more people are believed dead, but rescuers have not been able to reach them. Forty-seven people, including nine Americans and 24 Australians, were on the island at the time of the catastrophe on Monday.

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