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Japan earthquake deaths top 100, with hundreds missing

Residents stand in a line to buy goods at a reopened supermarket which was damaged by the earthquake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, on 6th January, 2024

Wajima, Japan Reuters Japan’s death toll from the New Year’s Day earthquake reached 110 on Saturday as a search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings entered a sixth day, with more than 200 still missing after the deadliest quake in nearly eight years. The quake of magnitude 7.6 struck the west coast, destroying […]

Japan faces “battle against time” to rescue New Year’s Day quake survivors

An aerial view shows a collapsed building caused by an earthquake in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, on 2nd January, 2024, in this photo released by Kyodo.

Tokyo, JapanReuters At least eight people have died in an earthquake that struck Japan on New Year’s Day as authorities on Tuesday struggled to assess the full extent of a disaster that wrecked buildings and roads and left thousands without power in freezing temperatures. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 struck in the […]

Ukraine weighs heavy on minds in Moscow as New Year holiday nears

Russia Moscow Christmas market

Moscow, RussiaReuters The Christmas markets are in full swing and gleaming ice sculptures greet visitors to Gorky Park, but some Muscovites admit they are struggling to feel festive ahead of traditional New Year celebrations. In street interviews in the centre of the capital, some also said they were noticing the scarcity of Western goods this […]

Pope pushes through nerve pain to give New Year’s blessing

Vatican New Year 2021 Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Vatican CityAP Pope Francis ushered in the New Year on Friday with a traditional Angelus blessing from the papal library, pushing through nerve pain that forced him to skip New Year’s ceremonies in St Peter’s Basilica.  The Pope appeared relaxed as he stood at a lectern in the Apostolic Palace wishing the faithful watching via […]