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A rescuer checks a signpost in a street flooded by the coastal river Laita in the city center of Quimperle, western France on February 7, 2014. 90 houses in Quimperle were flooded by the coastal river Laitia, which is expected to rise above 4,50 meters. Northwestern France has been hit by the winter storm Qumeira on February 6 and 7, with 36 French departments rising their alert level, notably in the Finistere.

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A rescuer checks a signpost in a street flooded by the coastal river Laita in the city centre of Quimperle, western France, on Friday. Ninety houses in Quimperle were flooded, with the water expected to rise above 4.5 metres

A ski slope sign is seen on at Zauchensee, Austria, on January 10, 2014 on the sidelines of the the FIS World Cup. The second training run for the women's downhill skiing in Altenmarkt has been cancelled due to heavy snowfall overnight, organisers said Friday.

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A sign on a ski slope at Zauchensee, Austria, where the skiing World Cup is taking place. The second training run for the women’s downhill event in Altenmarkt was cancelled due to heavy snowfall overnight, organisers said on Friday

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath...epa03966913 Filipino young typhoon victims ask for help in the super typhoon devastated city of Palo, Leyte province, Philippines,  27 November 2013. The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has increased to 5,500, with 1,757 people still missing, the national disaster relief agency said 27 November. Authorities fear the number of fatalities will increase since emergency workers were retrieving more bodies as they cleared debris.More than 3.5 million people were displaced by the typhoon, which slammed into the eastern Philippines with record winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour on November 8. The disaster relief agency said more than 26,000 people were injured, while more than 1 million homes were destroyed. Damage to infrastructure and agriculture was estimated at more than 24.53 billion pesos (570.46 million dollars), it added.

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Young Typhoon Haiyan survivors ask for help in Palo, Philippines 

Congress Vote Ends Impasse to Be Revisited in January...National Park Service park ranger Richard Trott walks through the Korean War Veterans Memorial with a closed sign he removed in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.