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Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

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Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...
Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

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It is hard to appreciate how dreadful Mosul's old city has become.Families are being torn apart here and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. They are being murdered for just trying to live.On the edge of the old city a disused shop is an emergency room. Injured civilians targeted by Islamic State as they try to escape the fighting and the starvation are brought here.The walking survivors trudge their way up the road to safety carrying what they can.In the dilapidated shop doctors, foreign medics and volunteers struggle to deal with the influx of injured people.Video:Iraqi special forces battle on in MosulThey are ferried here on the bonnets of humvees and in the backs of trucks. They are bundled inside. On beds the medics get to work. The floor is awash with blood.The moaning and...