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Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of Britain’s most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June. Home to a close-knit, multi-ethnic community, the 24-storey tower in a deprived housing estate was reduced to a charred ruin by the inferno that engulfed it in the middle of the night. Many survivors have yet to be rehoused and are still living in hotels. The charity auction, ...

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Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school

Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One of them, a 13-year-old girl, is believed to be sheltering under a table, officials told the BBC. At least 21 children and five adults died when the primary school collapsed and many others are missing. The school was one of dozens of buildings toppled by the quake. So far 230 people are known to have died. President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared three days of ...

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Grenfell fire: Many survivors still in hotels

All Grenfell Tower fire survivors who want to be rehoused have been offered temporary accommodation, officials say, but only nine offers have been accepted and many are still in hotels. Theresa May promised housing would be offered to those in need by Wednesday. The Grenfell Response Team says 139 formal offers have now been made. But North Kensington Law Centre, which represents many victims, said some had been offered homes in other towers, other areas, or without enough rooms. The fire on 14 June killed at least 80 people, although ...

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London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

Survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower fire are to be rehomed in a luxury development in the heart of Kensington, the government has said. Sixty-eight one, two and three-bedroom flats have been acquired at the Kensington Row development, it said. The apartments are “newly built social housing” in a complex where the price of private homes starts at £1.5m. At least 79 people died and many more were left homeless after fire engulfed the North Kensington tower a week ago. There was widespread criticism and anger from residents at the slow ...

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Colombia landslide: Rescue teams race to reach survivors

Media playback is unsupported on your device Colombia’s security forces say they are searching for hundreds of missing people after heavy mudslides left at least 254 dead. About 1,100 soldiers and police are involved in the rescue effort. Heavy rain flooded the city of Mocoa in the country’s south-west with mud and rocks, burying whole neighbourhoods and forcing residents to flee their homes. An army statement said there were at least 400 injured and 200 still missing in the capital of Putumayo province. Colombian Red Cross volunteers in the area ...

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William and Kate meet French attack survivors

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met survivors of recent French terror attacks during a visit to the military hospital Les Invalides in Paris. They also spoke to members of the emergency services who attended the Bataclan in 2015 and Nice last year. The royal couple’s official two-day visit to the French capital began on Friday. They visited the Musee d’Orsay and will later watch the Six Nations rugby match between France and Wales. Prince William and Catherine also attended a “Les Voisins [neighbours] in Action” event at the ...

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Survivors, Dutch soldiers reflect on Srebrenica in new exhibition

By Maja Zuvela | SREBRENICA, Bosnia Former Dutch peacekeepers and bereaved Bosnian Muslims confronted painful memories on Thursday at the opening of a new permanent exhibition in Srebrenica, where Serb forces massacred more than 8,000 people in 1995. The Dutch soldiers were meant to protect the local population, but they were lightly armed and had no orders to confront the Bosnian Serb army commanded by General Ratko Mladic. They stood by as his forces overran the enclave, declared a ‘safe zone’ by the United Nations. They rounded up local men ...

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Italy quake: Emergency declared as hopes for more survivors fade

Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday’s earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers. In addition to the funds, Mr Renzi cancelled taxes for residents and announced a new initiative, ...

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Italy earthquake: Search for survivors as death toll tops 160

Thousands of rescuers have searched through the night for survivors following Wednesday’s earthquake in a mountainous area of central Italy. Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble and more than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and bare hands to find them. More than 160 people have died and at least 368 were injured, officials said. Many of the victims were children, the health minister said, and there were warnings the toll could rise further. Among the victims was an 18-month-old toddler, Marisol Piermarini, whose mother ...

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