Accidents and disasters

Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

By AMIR VAHDAT and NASSER KARIMI A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency …

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Germany launches Europe-wide manhunt for Tunisian suspect

By GEIR MOULSON German authorities have launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has been identified as a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack, lawmakers said Wednesday. The man is being sought in Germany and across Europe’s border-free travel zone, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after …

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2 Georgia police officers shot, wounded serving warrant

By REBECCA SANTANA Two central Georgia police officers were shot and wounded early Monday while serving a search warrant in Crawford County, an investigator said. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson said a multi-jurisdiction drug task force went around 2:30 a.m. Monday to a home on state Highway 42. Byron officers …

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South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

By FOSTER KLUG, KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park …

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Brazilian soccer team’s plane crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

By LUIS BENAVIDES and JOSHUA GOODMAN By LUIS BENAVIDES and JOSHUA GOODMAN A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by …

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