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Deadly Cold Snap in US Shatters Temp. Records, Sends even Polar Bears to Shelter

Last edited 8th January 2014

Record freezing temperatures gripped the entire US, including Hawaii, as a major winter storm hit the country. The alarming weather brought ice and heavy snowfall caused by a 'polar vortex', bringing many cities to a standstill and killing at least 21.

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Philippines Typhoon: An Update Two Months On

Last edited 7th January 2014

It’s exactly two months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing over 6,000 people with nearly two thousand others still listed as missing. More than 16 million people have been affected by the calamity with 80 percent of buildings destroyed in the worst-affected areas.

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Every Birth and Death in the World in Front of Your Eyes

Last edited 18th December 2013

In 1950, there were 2.5 billion humans. Today there are just over 7 billion. In another 30 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, there will be more than 9 billion. Brad Lyon has a doctoral degree in mathematics and does software development. He wanted to make those numbers visual - so he came up with an incredible graphic that is being shared around the world!

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Floods, Rain Threaten to Make Christmas Even More Difficult in Gaza

Last edited 18th December 2013

The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza. Matthew McGarry, Catholic Relief Services' country representative, described the situation as "quite bad."

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The Federal Court has Recognised Native Title Rights for the Bandjalang People on the NSW North Coast

Last edited 2nd December 2013

The Bandjalang, a clan of the wider Bunjalung people in NSW, have won native title over a large number of national parks, state forests and Crown lands in the state’s north. Bandjalang claim number 1 was lodged in 1996 and the bigger Bandjalang claim 2 was lodged in 1998. They both cover 2,700 square kilometres.

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Sinabung Volcano Indonesia: Almost 18,000 Flee Eruption on Sumatra

Last edited 1st December 2013

Nearly 18,000 people have had to flee a volcano eruption on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as debris rained down on houses.

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Explained: What the Iran Nuclear Program Deal Means for the Country and the Rest of the World

Last edited 26th November 2013

Iran has reached an interim agreement with six world powers, led by the United States, to temporarily halt its nuclear program for six months in return for the easing of sanctions.

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'Apocalyptic' Storm Floods Sardinia, 16 Dead

Last edited 24th November 2013

The Mediterranean island of Sardinia, prized by the jet-set for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, was a flood-ravaged mud bath Tuesday after a freak torrential rainstorm killed at least 16 people, downed bridges and swept away cars.

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Mass Graves, No Food: Church Aid Workers See Great Needs in Philippines

Last edited 20th November 2013

Nearly two weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines, Catholic aid workers were seeing great needs.

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Order of Malta Disaster Aid Focused on 'Neglected' Victims in the Philippines

Last edited 20th November 2013

More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the situation is still dire. As the extent of the storm damage became clearer, foreign aid agencies poured in to the Philippines to begin helping alleviate the suffering of victims. But Malteser International was already on the ground by the time the storm hit.

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