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Hard lessons from Myanmar, five years after Cyclone Nargis

YANGON — The Nagar Glass Factory has been an irreplaceable part of Myanmar’s heritage for decades. In its heyday, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was a customer. So was the first man to orbit the earth, John Glenn, who paid a visit in 1966 and tried his own hand at glass blowing. The factory was in guidebooks for intrepid travelers who visited this long-oppressed country. And then Cyclone Nargis struck.

India holds mass cremation of flood victims to stem disease

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities are due to hold a mass cremation ceremony on Tuesday to dispose of the corpses of hundreds of flood victims still lying in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

India floods: Death toll mounts from killer monsoon (PHOTOS)

NEW DELHI — The body count from massive flooding throughout north India reached 131 on Tuesday, and locals fear the death toll could rise dramatically over the next few days.

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Chatter: Solomons quake triggers deadly tsunami

The Solomon Islands suffer a huge earthquake and deadly tsunami, an opposition politician is assassinated in Tunisia, and Germany's cookie crisis is deliciously resolved.
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The Solomon Islands suffer a huge earthquake and deadly tsunami, an opposition politician is assassinated in Tunisia, and Germany's cookie crisis is deliciously resolved.
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Chatter: Typhoon Bopha kills hundreds in the Philippines

A deadly typhoon wreaks havoc in the Philippines, Egyptian protesters take the fight right to President Morsi's door, and they don't make French men like they used to.
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A deadly typhoon wreaks havoc in the Philippines, Egyptian protesters take the fight right to President Morsi's door, and they don't make French men like they used to.
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Cyclone Nilam hits southeast India, killing at least 2

Cyclone Nilam has reached the southeast coast of India, killing at least two people.

Chatter: 'Super-storm' Sandy devastates eastern US

New York and the surrounding area are disaster zones in the wake of deadly storm Sandy, UBS fires thousands of investment bankers, and it just got a teeny bit easier to fly on the world's worst airline.
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New York and the surrounding area are disaster zones in the wake of deadly storm Sandy, UBS fires thousands of investment bankers, and it just got a teeny bit easier to fly on the world's worst airline.
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PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy sweeps Caribbean, heads for US

While the storm has since weakened to a category-one hurricane, it is still expected to do significant damage in the US.

Italy earthquake: Luciano Maiani, disaster chief, quits over L'Aquila quake convictions

Luciano Maiani said it was impossible to continue after seven of his colleagues were found guilty of failing to warn the public about the deadly quake.
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