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December 27, 2013
A decade on, Iran's quake-hit Bam eyes new era
Bam, Iran (AFP) Dec 24, 2013
There are few signs left of the killer earthquake that reduced to rubble the Iranian city of Bam and its celebrated citadel, but a decade later survivors are still haunted. The 6.6 magnitude quake struck at dawn on December 26, 2003, devastating Bam, killing 26,000 people and leaving 75,000 homeless. Nearly 80 percent of Bam's infrastructure was damaged, while the desert citadel, once considered the world's largest adobe building, crumbled. The disaster was so severe that Iran agreed to open ... read more
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Russia closes first case against Greenpeace activists
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Defiant Philippine typhoon survivors welcome Christmas
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Vaccine fears in China after hepatitis B scare
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