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10 dead, 23 missing as hotel in China virus fight collapses

10 dead, 23 missing as hotel in China virus fight collapses

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At least 10 people were killed and another 23 remain missing after a hotel being used in China's coronavirus fight suddenly collapsedByThe Associated PressMarch 8, 2020, 8:30 PM2 min readBEIJING -- At least 10 people were killed in the collapse of Chinese hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday. The sudden collapse of the building in the southeastern city of Quanzhou on Saturday evening trapped 71 people, China's Ministry of Emergency Management said. The ministry said that 38 had been rescued and 23 were still missing. Most of the rescued were taken to hospitals for treatment, some with serious injuries The cause of the collapse was under investigation, and the owner of the build...
South Korea coronavirus cases near 1,000; 10 dead

South Korea coronavirus cases near 1,000; 10 dead

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SEOUL, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea continues to struggle to contain an outbreak of the infectious new COVID-19 disease as 144 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the confirmed total to 977. The Korean Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) also announced three new deaths caused by the illness, for a total of 10. The outbreak is concentrated around the southeastern city of Daegu, with the majority of cases clustered around the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus and a hospital in neighboring Cheongdo. Officials from South Korea's ruling Democratic Party announced on Tuesday that they would take "maximum" quarantine steps with "containment" efforts around Daegu and its neighboring North Gyeongsang Province, which led to some speculation that the city of 2.5 million would...
Koalas found dead on Australia logging plantation

Koalas found dead on Australia logging plantation

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Dozens of koalas have been found dead or injured at a timber plantation in the Australian state of Victoria, sparking an investigation by officials.Blue gum trees - an important koala habitat - were harvested from the plantation in December, leaving only a few isolated stands of trees.Some koalas had starved to death in the remaining trees. Others were apparently killed by bulldozers.About 80 surviving koalas have been removed and are being cared for. The deaths come after tens of thousands of koalas were killed in the bushfires that have ravaged Australia. The marsupial is listed as "vulnerable" by Australia's Environment Ministry. 'Australia should be ashamed'After the plantation was logged in December, reports of hundreds of s...
At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

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Turkish officials say at least 14 people have been killed in an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 that shook the country's east, injuring more than 300 and leaving several trapped in toppled buildingsBy SUZAN FRAZER Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 9:57 PM3 min readANKARA, Turkey -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday killing at least 14 people, injuring more than 300 and leaving several trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. TV footage showed rescuers pull out one injured person from the rubble of a collapsed building in the eastern Elazig province. Tu...
At least 18 civilians dead after Syrian airstrikes on Idlib

At least 18 civilians dead after Syrian airstrikes on Idlib

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Eighteen civilians were killed Saturday by Syrian strikes in the region of Idlib, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency. The White Helmets tweeted that the Bashar al-Assad regime bombed the agency's building after attacking civilians with five airstrikes. After killing 18 people in #Idlib today, regime warplanes and helicopters bombed our center in #MaaratalNuman City and put it out of service, partial damage to the main building, in addition to complete destruction in the warehouse, without casualties among our volunteers. pic.twitter.com/ev774ZrVc9— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) January 11, 2020 According to a spokesperson for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, seven people were killed in the city of Idlib, seven in Binish and four in the vil