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Airline Could Be Liable in Crash if Caused by Attack

Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss. Officials in the Netherlands, where the majority of Flight 17 victims lived, …

Iceland Lowers Aviation Alert Level From Volcano

Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement Saturday that the volcano had experienced …

Japan PM Visits Deadly Landslide Site

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hiroshima on Monday as rescuers expanded their search for 28 people missing in landslides five days ago that killed more than 50 people. Rain showers raised risks for more slides, hampering the search effort …

SCM Insurance Services Acquires Granite Divisions

SCM Insurance Services announced that it has completed the acquisition of the property/casualty businesses of Granite Global Solutions. The businesses being acquired are known by the following names: Granite Claims Solutions, a national adjusting firm; Granite Health Solutions, a provider …

Dutch Mountain Biker Kalvenhaar Dies From Fall Injuries

The International Cycling Union says a Dutch mountain bike rider has died from injuries she sustained from a fall during the qualifying rounds of the UCI World Cup, which are being held in the French Alps. The UCI said in …

Allied World to Acquire Asian Operations of RSA

Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd has reached definitive agreements to acquire the Hong Kong and Singapore operations of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc (“RSA”) for approximately $215 million. The business includes a niche group of specialty lines, including casualty, …

Russia Conducts Food Safety Checks at McDonald’s

Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country’s food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald’s restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. Natalya Lukyantseva, an official …

Poor Oversight and Safety Practices Led to Quebec Train Disaster

The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said in a …

Denmark Links New Listeria Death to Tainted Meat

Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person. Steen Ethelberg of the state health agency SSI said Thursday the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who have died …

New Safety Measures Needed After Canada Oil Train Crash

Canada must take a greater role to improve rail safety and demand railroads put measures in place to prevent runaway trains such as the one that destroyed the downtown of Lac-Megantic, Quebec last year, the Transportation Safety Board said. In …

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