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Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

World
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 ...
Who will win and lose if interest rate rises?

Who will win and lose if interest rate rises?

Business
It is hard to think of another Bank of England decision that is simultaneously as momentous and as inconsequential as this one.The mere fact that the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee is widely expected to raise interest rates this month is a landmark moment all of its own.It would be the first time rates have been lifted in a decade - a watershed after a period in which borrowing costs dropped to the lowest level on record.And for many economists, it is only the start of a long road that might take rates back up towards a more normal level (though this will almost certainly be lower than the pre-crisis "normal" of about 5%).But, on the basis of other measures, an interest rate rise is likely to have little impact. In part that is because, for all the headlines recently about levels of inde...
CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

Technology
The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average over the past decade.The growth could ultimately lead to a 20-metre rise in sea levels and an increase of three degrees in temperature, the organisation said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have now reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0ppm in 2015.The two other main greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, also hit record concentrations last year.Image:Emissions from coal are causing CO2 levels to riseScientists say last year's rise in CO2 was due to a combination of human activitie...
Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Business
Inflation rose to 3% in September, its highest level in more than five years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation rose from 2.9% in August thanks partly to higher food prices - adding to the squeeze on households as pay growth lags behind.But it will be welcomed by those receiving the state pension, as the September figure is used to calculate increases in the benefit next April under the Government's "triple lock" guarantee.It was the first time CPI inflation has reached 3% since April 2012. The Bank of England targets inflation at 2%.The CPI figure - which was in line with expectations - should bolster expectations that the Bank will hike interest rates next month, though some have cautioned against such a move at a time of t...
The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

World
The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Somalia's information minister Abdirahman Osman says the death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu has risen to 276, with about 300 people injured. It is the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The toll is expected to rise. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. ——— 12:40 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is "sickened" by the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. Guterres in a tweet Sunday night urged "unity in the face of terrorism." Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. Off