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200 Missing as Vale Dam Breaks, Echoing 2015 Brazil Tragedy

200 Missing as Vale Dam Breaks, Echoing 2015 Brazil TragedyApproximately 200 people are missing, a spokesperson for emergency services in Minas Gerais state told Bloomberg, adding that poor mobile phone service in the area is making it difficult to get updates. Minas Gerais has formed a crisis management group and sent first responders to the affected area, according to a statement. Aircraft are doing flyovers as part of rescue operations, it said, without mentioning any deaths or injuries.



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Julian Castro Blasts Border ‘Tragedy’ Sparked by Trump Policies

Julian Castro Blasts Border ‘Tragedy’ Sparked by Trump Policies(Bloomberg) — Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and Obama administration housing secretary, slammed President Donald Trump’s policy of separating families at the southern U.S. border a day after announcing his 2020 White House bid, highlighting what is likely to be a principal issue in his campaign.



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Trump rebuked by Puerto Rico governor for denying official death toll: 'No reason to underscore the tragedy’

Trump rebuked by Puerto Rico governor for denying official death toll: 'No reason to underscore the tragedy’Donald Trump has been rebuked by the governor of Puerto Rico, after repeatedly denying that almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of two hurricanes last year. Ricardo Rosselló said on Twitter he would explain to the president how the island had used a study into excess deaths carried out by experts from George Washington University to raise the official death toll from 64 to 2,975. This week, Mr Trump denied so many people had died, and claimed the number had been inflated by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible” amid criticism of the federal response.



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Florida shooting survivors return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for first time since tragedy

Florida shooting survivors return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for first time since tragedyStudents from a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed in one of America’s worst mass shootings, returned to the school for the first time on Sunday. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the massacre took place. The school reopens on Wednesday, but the early opening was organised to ease into the return for students, and to allow some to gather up belongings that had been left in the rush to escape when the school was evacuated.



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Donald Trump Fundraises Off Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Touts His 'Safer Schools'

Donald Trump Fundraises Off Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Touts His 'Safer Schools'A Donald Trump and Mike Pence “weekly newsletter” laments the horror of the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, then ends with a “contribute” button so people can give money … to Trump and Pence.



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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On Going Home in Wake of Tragedy: 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do'

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On Going Home in Wake of Tragedy: 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do'Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo visited victims at the hospital and spoke at a vigil in Parkland, where he told the community that they are not alone.



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School shooting drills prove beneficial in Parkland gun tragedy

School shooting drills prove beneficial in Parkland gun tragedyMelissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks with Rachel Maddow about what she experienced as a gunman terrorized her school, and how previous drills prepared students and staff for the very real horror.



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Argentina sacks navy chief over submarine tragedy

Argentina sacks navy chief over submarine tragedyArgentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. "The defense minister asked him to retire. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance. Military sources say President Mauricio Macri is willing to retire most of the naval leadership. The government is also creating an internal investigative commission that will be headed by retired captain Jorge Bergallo, father of the ARA San Juan's second commander, Jorge Ignacio Bergallo, government sources told state news agency Telam. Friends and family of missing submarine crew members place a flag on the fence of the naval base in Mar de Plata, Argentina An international search operation has so far failed to locate the vessel. The 43 men and one woman who were aboard are believed to have died in the tragedy. But families of the missing have pressed the government to continue the search, which has not yet been officially closed. Some relatives claim the navy has been hiding information, and have called for a parliamentary investigation. On Friday, they protested in Mar del Plata, where the submarine was based, and Buenos Aires. Relatives have focused their anger on the condition of the three-decade-old sub, which had undergone a seven-year refit to extend its service, and the navy's guardedness since the start of the search operation. The navy has a poor reputation in Argentina. During the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, some navy units served as detention and torture centers, and an estimated 30,000 people disappeared.



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Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic Violence

Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic ViolenceSYDNEY ― Australia’s child sex abuse Royal Commission on Friday handed over its final report to the government in a move that increases pressure on lawmakers, religious groups and civic institutions to immediately adopt more than 400 recommendations.



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46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire TragedyAt least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.



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