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At least 10 people were killed in the town of Niterói, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil, when a hillside containing houses collapsed during heavy rains on Nov. 10. More than 10 people, including children, were rescued from the debris left by the slide.

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck western Iran on Nov. 25, injuring more than 700 people. The quake was also felt in Iraq, where one death was reported. Officials in Iran said that most of the injuries were minor and were caused by the stampede of people rushing to the street when the quake hit.

In August 2017, the same region was hit by the deadliest earthquake in Iran in decades, killing more than 600 people.

Volcán de Fuego, in the Chimaltenango department of south-central Guatemala, erupted with lava and ash on Nov. 18, triggering the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.

The 12,000-foot volcano is one of the most active in Central America. Nearly 200 people were confirmed killed when it last erupted in June 2018, with many more still considered missing and presumed dead.

A preliminary report was released on Nov. 28 from the investigation of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the ocean on Oct. 29 while heading from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

The report concluded that an automated anti-stall system installed by Boeing had malfunctioned, causing the system to try to point the plane's nose down, despite the pilots' repeated efforts to raise it, ultimately leading to the crash shortly after takeoff. In...


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A flash flood in southern Jordan on Nov. 10 killed at least 11 people and forced more than 4,000, including tourists, to evacuate from the ancient city of Petra. Water depths at the Petra archaeological site were measured as high as 14 feet in some areas.

A Lion Air Boeing 737 carrying 189 people crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Oct. 29. There were no survivors. The flight was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, an hour after takeoff, but contact was lost after only 13 minutes, just after the pilot requested to return to Jakarta.

At press time, the cause of the accident was not known, with investigations ongoing. The plane was new, having been in service only since August 2018.


At least 58 people were killed and more than 200 were injured when a train struck a crowd in Amritsar, Punjab, India, on Oct. 19. The crowd had gathered on the raised tracks in order to watch, from a higher vantage point, a firecracker-filled effigy burn during the Hindu festival of Dussehra. According to witnesses, the train whistle could not be heard over the festivities.

At press time, investigations into the incident were ongoing. Police said that they had given permission to hold...