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(By Ivan Watson/CNN) Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) – On January 12, the earth shook here. More than 220,000 people were killed. More than 300,000 people were injured. The city and large stretches of surrounding countryside were devastated. Six months later, not much appears to have changed. It still looks like a bomb just dropped on this […]

From the BBC: A man carrying bags containing more than 70 dead babies has been arrested in Nigeria. He was employed by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to take the corpses to a cemetery. The worker was allegedly trying to dump the corpses as he could not afford burial fees. A hospital spokesman said it […]

VIA South African track star Caster Semenya was cleared for competition Tuesday by the International Association of Athletics Federations after being sidelined for nearly a year as debate raged over her gender. The athlete set a world record en route to winning the 800-meters in last August’s world championships, but her deep voice, coupled […]

From CNN: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The sight of a baby girl suckling on the breast of her dead mother changed the course of Abebech Gobena’s life forever. The year was 1980 and Ethiopia lay in the grip of what would become one of the most devastating famines in its history. Gobena, a devout Christian, […]

(CNN) — Three attempts to pump mud and 16 tries to stuff solid material intoa breached Gulf of Mexico oil well failed to stop the flow, top BP executives said Saturday, and engineers and executives with the oil giant have decided to “move on to the next option.” That option: Place a custom-built cap to […]

VIA CNN: At least six people have been killed as Thai security forces declared a “live fire zone” in downtown Bangkok on Saturday following days of deadly clashes with anti-government protesters. Saturday’s fatality takes the total number of deaths to 23 since a government-backed clampdown on protesters exploded into violence on Thursday. More than 150 […]

Via CNN: The death toll from an attack at a kindergarten in northwestern China rose to nine Wednesday after one of the wounded victims died, state media said. A man with a kitchen cleaver hacked to death a teacher and seven kindergarten students — five boys and two girls. He then returned home and committed […]

From the NY Times: KAMPALA, Uganda — On the grounds of Uganda’s biggest AIDS clinic, Dinavance Kamukama sits under a tree and weeps. Her disease is probably quite advanced: her kidneys are failing and she is so weak she can barely walk. Leaving her young daughter with family, she rode a bus four hours to […]

VIA CNN: If you’re looking for alien life in the solar system, it might be best to start small. That was the message from NASA on Wednesday as researchers listed eight possible missions that would look for alien life by closely examining microorganisms and minerals. “Astrobiology and the search for life is central to many […]

// // London, England (CNN) — Flights across Europe are expected to return to “100 percent” on Thursday — seven days after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world, the air traffic agency Eurocontrol said. The mood among passengers was one of cautious optimism. […]

Via Volcanic ash from Iceland severely disrupted air traffic across Europe for a second day on Friday, causing the cancellation of some 17,000 flights, according to the intergovernmental body that manages European air travel. Eurocontrol said it expected around 11,000 flights to take place Friday, in contrast to the normal 28,000. The impact will […]

VIA Nearly 400 people are feared dead after a rapid series of strong earthquakes hit a mountainous and impoverished area of China’s Qinghai province early Wednesday, state-run media said. At least 10,000 others were injured, the Xinhua news agency reported, and many victims, including school children, were buried under debris. Rescuers were struggling to […]