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Japan earthquake survivors battle unsanitary conditions with no running water

Suzu, Japan Reuters A month on from a huge earthquake that struck Japan’s west coast, survivors are battling freezing and unsanitary conditions while tens of thousands of homes remain without running water. Some areas in the isolated Noto peninsula may not have water restored for another two months, the government of Ishikawa prefecture said, adding […]

In the US, chaos erupts over SBC legal filing in Louisville abuse lawsuit

US New Orleans Ernest N Morial Convention Center SBC prayer

United StatesRNS Abuse survivors, along with some members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee and the SBC’s abuse reform taskforce, have denounced a Kentucky court filing by Southern Baptist entities aimed at limiting their liability for sexual abuse claims. A brief filed earlier this year by lawyers for the Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Theological […]

Rescuers search for survivors days after deadly quakes hit north-west Afghanistan

A view of a house damaged by an earthquake, in Herat province in Afghanistan, on 8th October, 2023

Herat, AfghanistanReuters Rescue workers on Monday scrambled to pull out survivors, and the dead, from beneath the rubble two days after the northwestern city of Herat and its surroundings were struck by the deadliest earthquakes to rattle Afghanistan in years. The Taliban administration said at least 2,400 people were killed and many more injured in […]

Isolated Morocco earthquake survivors feel forgotten by state as they await help

People affected by a deadly earthquake stand on a house, in the rural village of Azermoun, Morocco, on 14th September, 2023

Azermoun, Morocco Reuters Villagers in some of the most isolated areas hit by Morocco’s earthquake were still living in makeshift tents and relying on donkeys to bring vital supplies on Thursday as they waited for state aid to reach them nearly a week after the disaster. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the High Atlas […]

Morocco earthquake death toll passes 2,800, survivors camp outdoors

A woman carries a bottle, as she walks near rubble, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in a hamlet on the outskirts of Talaat N'Yaaqoub, Morocco, on 11th September, 2023

Updated: 12:50pm (AEST)Talat N’Yaaqoub, MoroccoReuters Villagers in parts of Morocco devastated by the country’s biggest earthquake in over a century camped outside for a fourth night on Monday, as the death toll rose to more than 2,800 people. Search teams from Spain, Britain and Qatar joined Moroccan efforts to find survivors from the 6.8 magnitude […]

Maui’s displaced grow restless as search for fire victims drags on

Local survivors of the Lahaina wildfire gather for a community dinner as they take care of each other after much of their town was ravaged in Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii, US, on 14th August, 2023.

Kahului, Hawaii, USReuters A week after a ferocious wildfire ravaged the Maui resort town of Lahaina, anxious residents were still awaiting news of hundreds of missing loved ones on Tuesday, as teams with cadaver dogs conducted a painstaking block-by-block search of the ashes. Local, state and federal rescue workers have urged patience. The teams were […]

Eldest of rescued Colombian children pulled sister from plane wreckage

One of the surviving children from a Cessna 206 plane crash in the thick jungle, holds a surgical glove with a happy face drawn on it, while being transferred to Bogota via air in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia, on 9th June, 2023.

Bogota, ColombiaReuters The eldest of the four Indigenous children who were missing for more than five weeks in Colombia’s southern jungle after a plane crash pulled her youngest sibling from the wreckage, the children’s grandfather said on Monday. The children, aged one through 13, survived the 1st May crash that killed their mother and two […]

Clergy sex abuse survivors feel “vindicated” after Vatican talks

Pope Francis meets with participants in the annual course of the Internal Forum organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on 23rd March, 2023.

Vatican CityReuters Survivors of Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse from Britain and Ireland said on Thursday they finally felt vindicated after “transformative” meetings with Pope Francis and leaders of the Comboni Missionary order.  The survivors were abused as teenagers in the 1960s and 1970s, while studying to be missionary priests at a Comboni seminary in […]

Turks ask how a boom town came crashing down in quake

Ibrahim Kurt helps salvage belongings from a collapsed home in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Nurdagi, Turkey, March 5, 2023. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Nurdagi, Turkey Reuters Almost every apartment tower in Nurdagi collapsed or was shattered beyond repair in last month’s earthquake in Turkey – and people are now asking if a building boom in the town in recent decades may have to led to the deaths of thousands of residents. The town’s population swelled in recent years to […]