1. DISASTER

    Iran Earthquake Toll Reaches 300

    An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan,  stands on top of the rubble of his destroyed home on August 12, 2012, as rescue workers search for survivors, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE         (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The Iranian government has raised the number of fatalities from Saturday’s twin earthquakes to 300 after 50 additional people died in hospitals, officials said. The magnitude of the twin temblors in the earthquake-prone nation measured 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale and reportedly completely destroyed six villages, causing serious structural damage in at least 130 more. A series of 36 aftershocks shook the region, terrorizing residents in a wide radius around the disaster zone. An additional 3,000 people are reported to have been injured in the quakes.

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