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· February, 2015

Stories about Disaster from February, 2015

27 February 2015

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

26 February 2015

Why Did Egyptians Tie and Behead a Dog as Onlookers Watched?

News of the public "slaughtering" of a dog in Cairo as onlookers watched has sent shock waves around the world, with many questioning how people have become this violent.

ISIS Destroys 3,000-Year-Old Sculptures at a Museum in Mosul, Iraq

Armed with sledgehammers, drills and pickaxes, militants belonging to the ISIS are videotaped destroying 3,000-year-old ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, in Northern Iraq.

Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets

Rising Voices

Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.

25 February 2015

ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books

While reports on the attack on Mosul Library have just made the headlines, UNESCO says attacks on libraries, museums and universities have been going on for several months.

17 February 2015

Suffocating Sandstorms Hit Iran

Arseh Sevom speaks to environmental researcher Sam Khosravi to discuss the origin and solution of the sandstorms plaguing Iran.

14 February 2015

Were Taiwanese Media Too Quick to Deem Doomed TransAsia Pilots Heroes?

Some netizens thought Taiwanese media coverage of the TransAsia plane crash, which killed at least 40 people, was too sensational.

13 February 2015

Guinean Bloggers Aren’t Satisfied With Government’s Handling of Ebola Epidemic

"In the fight against the disease, it is clear that the approach taken by the authorities has been haphazard and there has been a lack of communication from the beginning."

10 February 2015

Who Killed the Zamalek Football Fans in Egypt if it Wasn't the Police?

Photographs shared by netizens on social media show the police shooting at the spectators, who were crowded behind metal barricades.

7 February 2015

The Flood of the Half-Century — and You Probably Haven't Heard About It

The flooding has displaced nearly 200,000 people in Malawi, destroyed crops and brought fears of disease. In a region already prone to flooding, the future may hold even worse.

4 February 2015

Massive Fire Hits Treasured Moscow Library

RuNet Echo

According to radio station Echo of Moscow, roughly 15 percent of the library's total collection, including rare Slavic texts dating back to the 16th century, is no more.