1. DISASTER

    Iran Quake’s Toll Passes 250

    Iranians mourn over the covered bodies of loved ones in the village Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, who were killed in twin earthquakes that hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Officials in Iran called a halt to rescue operations following twin quakes that devastated scores of villages, killing 250 people and injuring hundreds, saying all survivors had been located and saved. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages)

    Atta Kenare, AFP / Getty Images

    In another grim revision, Iranian state television again raised the death toll on Sunday from two earthquakes, saying that 250 people had died and thousands more were injured. Iranians who lost or were evacuated from their homes in the afflicted northwestern region of the country where the earthquakes struck were shown shivering and crying while they slept outdoors in the aftermath of the tremors. The disasters came on Saturday near the city of Tabriz, and are reported to have flattened villages and caused serious damage to other structures in the area.

    Read it at The Associated Press