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Electrical fire at Saudi wedding 'kills 25'

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  • October 31, 2012
Twenty-five people have died and 30 others were hurt in a fire at a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports say. Hundreds were inside the courtyard of a home in the village of Ain Badr, in the Abqaiq region, when the blaze began. A high-voltage powe...

Carbon monoxide alarms in new NI homes now compulsory

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  • October 31, 2012
Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland. The new law comes as research suggests half of the UK population mistakenly believe their household smoke alarms will alert them to the gas. The law follows ...

Berkshire fire team's rescue challenge win

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  • October 31, 2012
A team of Berkshire firefighters has successfully defended the world championship title for rescuing people trapped in vehicles. The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Extrication team competed against firefighters from across the world at the W...

Catherine Junior School in Leicester closed after fire

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  • October 31, 2012
A Leicester school will be closed until further notice following a fire which caused 400 children to be evacuated. The fire started at Catherine Junior School, in Brandon Street, at about 14:00 GMT. Firefighters had to break their way into a sealed r...

Sandy: Storm-hit New York declared major disaster area

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  • October 31, 2012
US President Barack Obama has declared a "major disaster" in New York state after storm Sandy smashed into the US East Coast, causing flooding and cutting power to millions. A record 4m (13ft) tidal surge sent seawater cascading into large parts of N...

Hurricane Sandy: NY firefighter tells of Queens rescue

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  • October 31, 2012
"Super-storm" Sandy has swept into the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds, bringing flooding, cutting power and claiming at least 13 lives. The BBC's Ben Thompson in New York says it does appear as if the city's worst fears have been realised. ...

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