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Fire in Bangladeshi capital kills 25

At least 25 people have been killed after a devastating fire Tuesday in the outskirts of Bangladeschi capital, Dhaka, USA Today reported.

There have been over 100 injuries, mainly burns, CRI English reported.

The fire started on the ninth floor of a garment factory building, CDI English reported.

Bangladesh has about 4,000 garment factories that export more than $10 billion worth of products a year, USA Today reported.

Israel forest fire leaves many dead and injured

A fire in the Carmel forest region in northern Israel burned thousands of acres and killed at least 60 people, The Los Angeles Times reported.

40 prison guards were left dead when their bus was covered in flames on their way to rescue people from a detention facility in Hafia, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities said as least 25 people are seriously injured and 22 were killed, CNN reported.

State of emergency declared in Colombia

A state of emergency was declared due to heavy rains and flooding in Colombia Thursday, CNN reported.

President Juan Manuel Santos declared the emergency for 28 of the country's 32 departments, Colombia Reports reported.

The heavy rains have left at least 136 people dead and 205 people injured, CNN reported.

The United States government announced they would pay 50,000 dollars to help the effort in Colombia, Colombia Reports reported.

Death toll exceeds 200 in Indonesia

The death toll from last month's eruption of Mount Merapi rose to 242 on Sunday, Indonesia's government said, USA Today reported.

The volcano started erupting on October 26. Volcanic material came out of Mount Merapi for more than an hour on Friday, CNN reported.

Most of the victims were killed from severe burns, CNN reported.

Top drug lord killed

A top Mexican drug dealer was killed Friday by Mexican security forces in Matamoros, CNN reported.

Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Gullien, leader of the Gulf cartel drug organization, had been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, ABC news reported.

The U.S. State Department had been offering $5-million reward for information regarding Gullien, ABC news reported.

U.S. and Russian drug agents conduct Afghan drug raid


U.S forces and Russian drug agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of heroin Friday from Afghanistan laboratories near the border of Pakistan, The Seattle Times reported.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the drug raid was violation of Afghan sovereignty, the Los Angeles Times reported. However, Afghan police participated in the operation.

Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of heroin, The Seattle Times reported.

German ship seized near coast of Kenya

A German freight ship was seized by pirates Sunday morning off the coast of Kenya, Yahoo! News reported.

The Singapore-flagged vessel, York, was carrying cargo of about 150 tons of liquefied petroleum gas when it was seized by Somali pirates, the France Press reported.


Gerald Lim, director of York Maritime Company, said there was no word on the ship or crew, PressTV reported.

Stampede at Indian temple turns deadly

At least 10 people were killed Saturday night after a stampede in Bihar, India, CNN reported.

The stampede occurred during a ritual for the popular Hindu festival, "Navrati," the Los Angeles Times reported. There was about 40,000 people who participated in the ritual at Durga temple.

The stampede started after people had offered goats in sacrifice, CNN reported.

Dollar drops, against yen

The dollar moved to a 15-year low against the Japanese yen Thursday, Axcess News reported.

It's not just the Japanese who are moving their currencies. Many central banks from Brazil to South Korea to Australia have planned to lower their currencies. This act would drive up commodities like gold and crude, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Verizon Wireless said Sunday the company will pay out up to $90 million in refunds to cell phone customers worldwide, Yahoo! News reported.

Over 15 million customers were incorrectly charged by Verizon Wireless for Web access or data usage over the past several years. Current customers will get credits on their next bill, while former customers will get a refund check in the mail, CNN reported.

Verizon Wireless, the largest cell phone carrier in the U.S., is a combined company between Verizon Communications Inc. and Britain's Vodafone Group PLC., Yahoo! News reported.

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