Destroyed buildings in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, where nearly 100 died. Photograph: Pouria Pakizeh/AP Rescuers battle to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings after the 7.3 magnitude quake
November 13, 2017 — More than 140 people have been killed in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the border region between the two countries, state media said.
Continue reading More than 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2017) — A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12, killing at least 36 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said.
Continue reading At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border An earthquake victim receives help at Sulaymaniyah hospital in Iraq on Sunday. Photograph: Shwan Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images More than 60 deaths in Iran reported with over 300 injured and Iranian media say at least six also dead in Iraq
November 12, 2017 — A powerful earthquake struck the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official has said.
Continue reading Dozens killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region IN THE MIDDLE. A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 7, 2017 shows him (C) sitting through the roof of a car. Photo by AFP/HO/Iranian Presidency Iran President Hassan Rouhani says those responsible for the explosion ‘must be found and dealt with accordingly, without any exceptions’
TEHRAN, Iran (May 8, 2017) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani faced angry protests from victims’ families on Sunday, May 7when he visited the site of a mine accident that claimed dozens of lives, two weeks ahead of an election.
Continue reading Iran’s Rouhani faces protests at site of deadly mine collapse ACCIDENT SITE. Coal miners and rescue workers gather at the scene following an explosion in a coal mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017. Mostafa Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News/AFP The rescue operation at the Zemestan Yort mine is hampered by poisonous gases that filled the tunnels as well as by fears of a further collapse
TEHRAN, Iran (May 4, 2017) — Rescuers battled hazardous conditions Thursday at a coal mine in northern Iran where 22 miners died in a failed attempt to save workmates trapped deep underground after an explosion.
Continue reading Hopes fade for Iran miners after 22 die in failed rescue bid ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Iran’s vice-president and environment minister, Massoumeh Ebtekar, speaks to an AFP journalist during an interview in the capital Tehran, on October 29, 2016. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP ‘We’re facing the consequences of climate change already in Iran. It’s not a matter of the future, it’s a matter of today,’ says Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar
TEHRAN, Iran (Oct. 30, 2016) — Iran’s vice president and environment chief Massoumeh Ebtekar has told AFP that the West’s failure to fully implement the nuclear deal and lift sanctions are endangering her country’s efforts to meet climate targets.
Continue reading Sanctions threaten Iran climate efforts – VP Ebtekar ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem
LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) — Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.
Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP ‘The US and Russia have taken command of, and have a monopoly over, the Syrian issue’
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 14, 2016) — The United States and Russia are pulling the strings in Syria’s 5-year war, experts say, pressuring opposing sides and leveraging rival regional powers to reach a settlement.
Continue reading Syria war begins 6th year as US, Russia pull the strings WAITING. Refugees wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016, in Bab Al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Bulent Kilic/AFP Turkey’s Oncupinar border crossing reportedly remains closed, as Turkish authorities say they’re working to free up space within existing camps to accommodate new arrivals
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 6, 2016) — Thousands of Syrians braved the freezing cold at Turkey’s border Saturday, February 6, after fleeing a regime assault that threatens a new humanitarian disaster, as Damascus warned Riyadh and Ankara not to send in troops.
Continue reading Thousands brave cold at Turkey border as Syria warns Riyadh, Ankara