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Despite Declines Elsewhere Reinsurers See Stable German Prices

Germany’s Munich Re and Hannover Re expect stable reinsurance prices in their home market next year, cushioning the blow from a slide in prices on world markets. Munich and Hannover, the world’s largest and third-largest reinsurers respectively, pointed to billions …

Small Fire Damages Historic Sailing Ship in London

London firefighters have extinguished a small blaze on the 19th-century sailing ship Cutty Sark, a tourist attraction that was restored after a major fire in 2007. London Fire Brigade said four engines and 21 firefighters were called to the fire …

3 Confirmed Dead After Mine Blast in Poland

Polish mining officials say two miners have died from the burns they obtained in an Oct. 6 methane blast, and the missing body of a third miner has been recovered. The accident occurred 660 meters (1,265 feet) below the surface …

Planner Commits Suicide After South Korea Concert Deaths

A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said, as doctors treated eight others facing life-threatening injuries …

American Owner of Wildlife Park in Mexico Killed by Camel

The American owner of a wildlife park in the Mexican resort of Tulum has died after being kicked, bit and sat on by a camel, and authorities have seized the private facility’s animals pending an investigation. Rescuers had to use …

Avalanches, Blizzard Kill 12 in Nepal’s Mountains

An avalanche and blizzard in Nepal’s mountainous north have killed at least 12 people, including eight foreign trekkers, officials said Wednesday. Five other climbers were hit by a separate avalanche on Mount Dhaulagiri and remain missing. The death toll was …

Hurricane Gonzalo Strengthens as it Aims for Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo was expected to become a major hurricane Tuesday and poses a threat to Bermuda as it strengthens over the open Atlantic north of Puerto Rico, forecasters said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gonzalo’s top sustained …

HudHud Causes Extensive Damage: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, very severe cyclone Hudhud made landfall on Sunday near Visakhapatnam with sustained wind speeds of 117 knots. Hudhud quickly weakened to a depression after landfall, according to the India Meteorological Department. Although the …

Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories in Italy

The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This …

Design Flaw Caused European Navigation Satellites Into Wrong Orbit

An investigation is blaming a design flaw for the inaccurate deployment of two satellites intended to bolster Europe’s answer to the GPS. The results of the inquiry, released Wednesday by launch company Arianespace, said the error happened about 35 minutes …

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