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A relative of the victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on April 17, 2015. Dozens of people continued their protests overnight after thousands of mourners rallied to mark the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives.

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A relative of the victims of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on Friday

Rescue personnel search for passengers from the wreckage of a TransAsia ATR 72-600

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Rescue personnel search for passengers from the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft that crashed into the Keelung River outside Taiwan’s capital in New Taipei City on Wednesday.

Cargo plane crashes in Kenya, all four occupants killed

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Police officers inspect the scene of a plane crash in a suburb of Nairobi, capital of Kenya. All four occupants of the aircraft were killed when it crashed into two office buildings in the Utawala district.

Turkish miners listen to the mining company s owner, Alp Gurkan, during a news conference in Soma, Turkey, Friday, May 16, 2014. The Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after over 250 people died in an underground blaze at its coal mine in western Turkey.

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Turkish miners listen to the mining company’s owner, Alp Gurkan, during a news conference in Soma, Turkey. The Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after over 250 people died in an underground blaze at its coal mine in western Turkey

Scores Of Miners Trapped Underground After Fire In Mine...SOMA, TURKEY - MAY 14:  Full clothes baskets of trapped miners hang in the empty changing rooms on May 14, 2014 in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa. An explosion and fire in the coal mine killed at least 274 miners and trapped hundreds more. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 workers had been in the mine when the blast occurred. Turkey has declared three days of mourning following the disaster. (Photo by Ahmet Sik/Getty Images)

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Baskets full of clothes belonging to trapped miners hang in the empty changing rooms in Soma, southwest Turkey. An explosion and fire in the coal mine killed at least 282 miners and trapped hundreds more. 

Students from Danwon high school pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall in Ansan, South Korea.

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Students from Danwon high school pay tribute to fellow classmates at a special altar at the Olympic Memorial Hall in Ansan, South Korea, to the victims of the ferry disaster in which 150 passengers are known to have died, with another 152 still missing

A woman rests on a roadside with her family's belongings near the Typhoon Haiyan ravaged town of Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

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A woman stops on a roadside with her family’s belongings near the town of Tacloban in central Philippines, which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. 

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath in the Philippines ...epa03947617 Filipino typhoon survivor children, who escaped after their village was attacked by allegedly armed men, wait for social workers in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines, 13 November 2013. Aid workers and relief supplies were being poured into eastern provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which aid agencies and officials estimated has left thousands dead and staggering destruction in its wake. The official death toll in the Philippines from one of the worldís strongest typhoons rose to 1,833, the national disaster relief agency said with many towns still unaccounted for.

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Children wait for social workers in the devastated city of Tacloban, in the province of Leyte in central Philippines, having escaped from their village after it was allegedly attacked by armed men amid the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan. 

Survivors stay beside a ship that was washed ashore hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

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Survivors beside a ship that was washed ashore during Typhoon Haiyan, hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in City of Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines.

Firefighters work to contain fires from a resident's backyard at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. Firefighters have deliberately merged two major blazes in southeastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

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Firefighters work to contain the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, southeastern Australia. Two major blazes have been deliberately merged in a desperate attempt to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

Girls light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a monster truck that ploughed into a crowd of spectators during a show at El Rejon park in Chihuahua...Girls light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a monster truck that ploughed into a crowd of spectators during a show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua October 6, 2013. Eight people, including four children, were killed and 79 injured when a monster truck careened into a crowd at a show in northern Mexico, an official at the public prosecutor's office in the city of Chihuahua said on Sunday. The incident late on Saturday afternoon took place at the El Rejon dam on the outskirts of the city, about 230 miles (370 km) south of Mexico's border with the United States.

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Girls light candles during a vigil for the victims of a monster truck that ploughed into a crowd of spectators during a show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Eight people, including four children, were killed and 79 injured, an official at the city’s public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.

A South African child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded informal shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 August 2013. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in Cape Town have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas which have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town's Disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected.

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A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in the city have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas that have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town’s disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected

AMISOM firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire at the site of an airplane crash in Mogadishu

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A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire at the site of an aircraft crash in Mogadishu, Somalia. An Ethiopian military aircraft carrying ammunition crash-landed at Mogadishu’s international airport on Friday, bursting into flames and killing at least one crew member.

The remains of the runaway fuel train that exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the center of  Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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The remains of the runaway fuel train that exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the center of Lac Megantic, Quebec in Canada.

A teacher helps her student put on a face mask due to the haze in Putrajaya

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A teacher helps her student put on a face mask at a school in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday. The Malaysian capital remains shrouded in haze, as the environmental crisis continues after a week of thick hazardous smog covered the country and its neighbour Singapore

German Chancellor Merkel talks to water rescuer Hochleitner as she visits the flooded Bavarian city of Passau...German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to water rescuer Juergen Hochleitner as she visits the flooded Bavarian city of Passau together with Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer (5R) about 200 km (124 miles) north-east of Munich June 4, 2013. Torrential rain in the south and south-east of Germany caused heavy flooding over the weekend, forcing people to evacuate their homes.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay(GERMANY - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to water rescuer Juergen Hochleitner as she visits the flooded Bavarian city of Passau together with Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer (5R) about 200 km (124 miles) north-east of Munich June 4, 2013. Torrential rain in the south and south-east of Germany caused heavy flooding over the weekend, forcing people to evacuate their homes. Wolfgang Rattay/REUTERS

Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood after being destroyed by a tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla

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Gene Tripp sits on a rocking chair where his home stood before it was destroyed by a tornado that hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma City

Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma

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Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Oklahoma. A two-mile wide tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people while destroying entire tracts of homes, piling cars on top of one another, and trapping two dozen school children beneath rubble.

A garment worker inspects a factory belonging to Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter, after a fire in Dhaka May 9, 2013. Eight people were killed when the fire swept through the garment factory in an industrial district of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police and an industry association official said on Thursday.

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A worker inspects a factory belonging to Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter, after a fire in Dhaka. Eight people were killed when the fire swept through the garment factory in an industrial district of the capital of Bangladesh

Bangladeshi garment workers employed at Rana Plaza, the garment factory building that collapsed, stand in a queue to receive wages in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday May 8, 2013. Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from the building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster topped 800. (AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous)

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Bangladeshi garment workers employed at Rana Plaza, the garment factory building that collapsed, stand in a queue to receive wages in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday. Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from the building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster topped 800