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Study: Crisis in Syria has Ancient Precedent

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Drought, urban decline and government collapse ended Syria’s central economic role in the Middle East… 4200 years ago. Research from the University of Sheffield in England points to striking parallels between today’s war-torn Syria and political upheavals in the Bronze-Age Mesopotamian empire known as Akkadia. Ellery Frahm, of the university’s Department of Archeology, found the […]

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At Least 9 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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((updates death toll in hed, lede; new info in grafs 1-2, 5) Japanese officials say at least nine people died Sunday when concrete ceiling panels fell in a highway tunnel west of Tokyo. Early Monday, rescue officials were forced to suspend their work until more supports can be added to the remaining panels. Police said […]

At Least 3 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo, killing at least three people. Police had earlier said that they saw a number of charred bodies in a burned-out car. The death toll could be higher since several people are believed to be missing. Television reports showed black smoke billowing from the […]

7 Missing in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese say at least seven people are missing after part of a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo. Television reports showed black smoke billowing from the 4.7 kilometer Sasago tunnel in Yamanashi prefecture, about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo. Firefighters put out the flames at 11 am , about three hours after the […]

Japanese Highway Tunnel Collapses

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese police say a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo, trapping an undetermined number of vehicles. The incident at the Sasago tunnel occurred in the Tokyo-bound lanes of the Chuo Expressway, about 80 kilometers west of the capital. There are early reports that some vehicles are on fire, but police had no estimates […]

Bad Construction to Blame for Ghana Building Collapse

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ghanaian officials say faulty construction is to blame for the deadly collapse of a multi-story shopping center in the capital, Accra. The building collapsed early Wednesday, killing at least seven people. Authorities say more than 60 survivors have been pulled from the rubble. Rescue efforts are continuing, and an 18-person team from Israel is expected […]

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Ghanaian President Promises Punishment for Deadly Building Collapse

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has vowed to hold responsible whoever is at fault for a deadly retail store collapse in the capital, Accra. The six-story building collapsed early Wednesday, killing at least four people. Authorities say more than 50 people have been pulled from the rubble. A statement from the president’s office Thursday says […]

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Shopping Mall Collapses in Ghana; Unknown Number Trapped

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A multi-storey shopping center has collapsed in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble. Rescue workers rushed to the scene and began pulling people from the debris after the collapse early Wednesday. Witnesses say at least one person was killed. There was no immediate word on what caused […]

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Pakistan Factory Collapse Kills 11

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers in the northeastern Pakistani city of Lahore struggled into the night to reach dozens of people still trapped in the ruins of a factory that collapsed early Monday following an explosion, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores of others. Police said they believe the three-story factory, which produced veterinary medicines, came […]

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Factory Collapse in Pakistan Kills 9, Traps Dozens

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers in Pakistan struggled into the night to reach dozens of people still trapped in the ruins of a factory that collapsed Monday, killing at least nine people. Police said they believe the three-story factory, which produced veterinary medical products in the eastern city of Lahore, caved in after a gas cylinder inside exploded. […]

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