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107 dead in Mecca mosque crane fall

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The crane was one of a number around the Grand Mosque while construction work is carried out.


At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque - the largest in the world - that was filled with worshippers at the time.

The head of Saudi Arabia's civil defence said strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.

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Malaysia quake: Singapore and Sabah mourn victims

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This undated photo shows Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest peak, in East Malaysia's state of Sabah. Mount Kinabalu, which stands at 4,095m (13,435ft), is a draw for tourists.


Singapore and Malaysia's Sabah state are observing a day of remembrance for those killed in an earthquake on Mount Kinabalu.

Sixteen people are confirmed dead after Friday's 6.0 magnitude quake, which hit the mountain in Sabah on Friday.

Among the dead were six Singaporean children on a school trip, along with their teacher and guide.

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Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000

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Indian rescue personnel search for survivors in a Kathmandu building- such searches are still continuing but winding down (26/05/2015)



At least 3,218 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, say officials.

Rameshwor Dangal, head of Nepal's disaster management agency, said another 6,500 people had been injured.

Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India.

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150 perish in French Alps crash

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Map of Plane Crash. Photo courtesy of CNN.


SEYNE-LES-ALPES, FRANCE - AN AIRBUS operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps yesterday, killing all 150 on board including 16 schoolchildren.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

The airline believed there were 67 Germans on the flight. Spain’s deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names. One Belgian was aboard.

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Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz talk before a meeting at the King's desert encampment in Rawdat al-Khuraim in this January 5, 2014 file photo.


SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television.

King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.

"His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning," said the statement.

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