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'Catastrophic' conditions as bushfires rage in Australia

'Catastrophic' conditions as bushfires rage in Australia

A scorching heatwave intensified bushfires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under ‘catastrophic’ conditions.

‘Leave now’: Australians urged to evacuate as ‘catastrophic’ fires loom

‘Leave now’: Australians urged to evacuate as ‘catastrophic’ fires loom

Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia's east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions.

Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffe

Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffe

Japan's gaffe-prone disaster reconstruction minister resigned Wednesday after remarking it was lucky the catastrophic 2011 earthquake-tsunami had hit a largely rural region rather than Tokyo.

US warns citizens to be ready to leave Iraq if Mosul dam collapses

US warns citizens to be ready to leave Iraq if Mosul dam collapses

The United States warned its citizens to be ready to leave Iraq in the event of what it has said could be a catastrophic collapse of the country's largest hydro-electric dam near Mosul.

'Human error' caused deadly German train crash

'Human error' caused deadly German train crash

German prosecutors Tuesday said human error was to blame for a train crash last week that killed 11 people and charged a 39-year-old signalling worker with negligence leading to the accident.