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Malaysia Declares Flight 370 Crash an Accident to Clear Compensation

Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. …

Reforms Demanded on 2nd Anniversary of Brazil Nightclub Fire

Relatives and friends of the more than 200 people killed in a nightclub fire marched through a southern Brazilian town Tuesday to pay homage to the victims on the second anniversary of the tragedy and demand punishment for those responsible. …

Costa Concordia Captain Could Get up to 26 Year Prison Term

Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death …

Storms Knock Out Power, Water Supply to More Than 300,000 in Brazil

More than 300,000 people in Brazil’s biggest city were without water Friday, more than 24 hours after thunderstorms knocked out electricity to two pumping stations, the Sao Paulo state water utility said. The water company known as Sabesp said the …

Drought Triggers ARC Insurance Payout In Africa’s Sahel Region

ARC Insurance Company Limited will pay $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month. Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, which paid a combined premium of $8 million, will use the payout to mobilize early interventions …

Authorities Plan Salvage Operation for Missing Malaysian Jet

Despite no firm clue to the whereabouts of a Malaysian airliner being discovered since it disappeared 10 months ago far off the Australian coast, authorities on Thursday invited expressions of interest from salvage operators in case the wreck is found. …

Indonesia Investigator Says No Signs of Sabotage in AirAsia Crash

Indonesia’s top accident investigator said Wednesday that there are no indications of foul play in last month’s crash of an AirAsia jetliner carrying 162 people. AirAsia Flight 8501 plunged into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 shortly after the pilots …

Shanghai Fires Four Officials for Deadly New Year’s Stampede

Shanghai sacked four officials and punished seven others for not providing enough security to prevent the deadly New Year’s Eve stampede, the first punishments meted out after President Xi Jinping ordered a probe into the accident. Officials from Huangpu district, …

UK Securities Company Liable for Banker’s Death in Helicopter Crash

StormHarbour Securities LLP is liable for the 2012 death of an employee who died when a helicopter crashed into the Andes mountains in Peru, killing 14 people, a London judge ruled. The securities firm was in breach of its duty …

Madagascar Tropical Storm Displaces Thousands, Kills 14

At least 14 people were killed over the weekend when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said Monday. Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and …

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