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Peru dolphin deaths remain a mystery

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Over 800 dolphins have died on the northern coast of Peru this year.

Authorities say that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country, CNN reported.

"The most probable hypothesis is the possibility of an infection with a virus," Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria said in a statement released by the Huffington Post.

According to CNN, in February, 179 dolphins washed ashore in Cape Cod, in eastern United States, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Marine biologists are still trying to determine the cause of those deaths.

1 dead, 4 missing in yacht race

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One sailor died, and four others are missing after large waves swept them overboard from their yacht, the Coast Guard reported on Sunday.

According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read, the yacht was competing in a race from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands, but the seas were rough. The waves crashing into the yacht were 10-12 feet high, the Pioneer Press reported.

All the crew members were apparently wearing life jackets and cold weather gear, Fox News said.

The names of the crew members have not yet been released, and there has not been any word on the condition of the remaining survivors, the Pioneer Press reported.

Haiti truck accident

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Twenty six people were killed and 40 were injured in a truck accident Saturday in Haiti, the government reported.

The accident occurred when a truck carrying traders and goods overturned between Port-au-Prince and the town of Petit-Goave, Fox News said.

Ronald Louis, of Haiti's Civil Protection Office, told the Associated Press that the brakes of the truck failed as it tried to drive up a steep hill.

According to the Associated Press, traffic accidents are common in Haiti. Twenty nine people died in January when a truck's brakes failed on one the capital's busiest streets.

Fire wreaked havoc aboard a Malaysian cruise ship on Friday night, stranding the boat at sea.

The Azamara Quest was in south-Philippine waters when an engine room caught fire, stranding the boat at sea for 24 hours, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Boston Herald, there were 1,000 people aboard the ship. The injuries were contained to five crew members who were treated when the ship docked on Borneo Sunday.

The company released a statement saying the rest of the cruise would be cancelled, and the passengers would be refunded fully.

Strong earthquake rocks Mexico

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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, with vibrations felt as far as 200 miles away from the epicenter.

The earthquake injured at least 11 people, and damaged hundreds of houses, with the epicenter near the town of Ometepec, Guerrero, CNN reported.

A Guerrero official confirmed with the Washington Post that over 800 homes were damaged, about 60 of which collapsed.

Tuesday's quake was strong, but not as strong as the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City in 1985. That earthquake is known as the deadliest in Mexico's history, as it killed over 10,000 people, CNN said.

Seismologists and civil protection officials told the Washington Post that there didn't appear to be extreme damage due to where and how the earthquake hit.

According to CNN, authorities were surveying buildings, schools, and hospitals on Wednesday, determining the extent of the damage.

Tropical storm Irina hits Madagascar

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For the second time in two weeks, Madagascar is in a state of emergency.

Tropical storm Irina hit Madagascar on Monday, just two weeks after the nation was devastated by tropical storm Giovanna.

At least 73 people have died and more than 21,000 people are homeless following Irina's landfall in Madagascar, an official with the nation's disaster bureau told CNN on Wednesday.

Last month, tropical storm Giovanna killed 35 people and rendered 240,000 people homeless, according to the Washington Post.

According to CNN, many of the casualties occurred in southeastern Madagascar, where a mudslide swallowed homes and caused a traffic accident involving a minibus.

Train crash kills 16 in Poland

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Two passenger trains collided head-on in Poland on Saturday, leaving authorities questioning how the two trains ended up on the same track.

At least 16 people have died and around 60 more are injured in the wake of Saturday's train crash in Poland, the Polish State Fire Brigade told CNN.

The trains were carrying about 350 passengers when the accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, just outside of Szczekociny, Poland. Authorities have called the crash the worst Poland has seen in over 20 years, the New York Times reported.

According the the Times, more than 450 firefighters and 100 police officers responded to the crash. Heavy equipment was needed to cut both survivors and the dead from the wreckage, and two helicopters were used to airlift the injured to hospitals.

On Sunday emergency workers used sniffer dogs to search the wreckage for survivors.

Argentina in mourning after train crash kills 50

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President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of Argentina, declared a two-day mourning period after a deadly train crash on Wednesday in Buenos Aires.

Fifty people died, and hundreds were injured when a commuter train plowed through a barrier at a Buenos Aires station Wednesday morning, CNN reported.

The accident occurred during the height of the morning rush, and passengers told reporters that the crash sounded like a bomb blast.

Leandro Despouy, Argentina's Auditor General, told the Associated Press that the crash was preventable, and that the trains have failed safety tests for years.

The trains are more than four decades old. Modern trains are built to stand hard stops without accordion-like crumpling, according to rail experts.

The commuter train hit a shock-absorbing barrier around 12 mph, and the second car of the train plunged about six meters into the first, Federal Police spokesman Fernando Sostre told CNN.

The accident is still under investigation, but everyone aboard the train has been identified, according to the Associated Press.

44 killed in Mexico prison riot

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At least 44 people are dead after a prison riot in northern Mexico early Sunday morning.

The riot broke out around 2 a.m. in a high-security section of the prison outside of Monterrey, Mex., Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano told the New York Daily News.

The fight occurred between two cell blocks, each with about 750 inmates. One of the cell blocks took a guard hostage, Domene said.

According to the Associated Press, 44 people died before the state police regained control about two hours later.

Family members of the prisoners gathered outside the prison Sunday, trying to get information on the victims, the New York Daily News reported.

Massive fire rips through Honduras prison

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Hundreds of people died Tuesday night after a fire broke out in a Honduran prison.

At least 359 people have been confirmed dead, following the fire that swept though a jail in Comayagua, Honduras on Tuesday, Danelia Ferrera, a senior official at the attorney general's office, told Reuters.

The fire began around 11 p.m., which is when Comayagua's governor, Paola Castro, reportedly received a call from an inmate, screaming, saying that he was going to set the prison on fire, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Washington Post, there were 852 people in the prison at the time of the blaze, with some cells holding as many as 135 people.

Many people didn't make it out of their cells, as is the case with the 134 cellmates of survivor, Hector Daniel Martinez.

After realizing there was a fire, the guards dropped their keys on the floor and fled, leaving the hundreds of prisoners locked in their cells, waiting for the inferno to catch them, Martinez told the Associated Press.

Lucy Marder, Chief of Forensic Medicine for the prosecutor's office said she believes it will be up to three months before all the bodies are identified, because some are burned beyond recognition. The death toll is only expected to rise.

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