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South Korean PM resigns over ferry disaster

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been rescued, focusing attention on poor regulatory controls.

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Missing jet: Rarest of aviation disasters

The sudden disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people aboard represents one of the rarest kinds of aviation disaster, and the mystery is compounded by uncertainty about which country's jurisdiction the plane came down in.

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Bahrain to join GCC disaster aid body

Bahrain is set to become a member of a regional risk management centre that advises governments on potential security threats. The Kuwait-based GCC Emergency Risk Management Centre will also co-ordinate Gulf disaster aid and condu

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Twitter introduces emergency alert system

Twitter, which is preparing for its initial public offering, said on Wednesday it will help users receive special alerts from government agencies and aid agencies during emergencies. Users who sign up will receive smartphone notif

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Drones help reshape crime-fighting

  As US authorities grapple with how to regulate the use of unarmed drones in US skies, a small network of police, first responders and experts is already flying unmanned aircraft.   These operators

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Air Arabia ties up with UAE emergency authority

Sharjah-based Air Arabia, a leading low-cost carrier in the region, has signed a MoU with the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), the federal organisation responsible for coordinating the national response t

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Reuters launches new interactive map

Thomson Reuters has added an interactive map for monitoring the impact of weather, natural disasters and political events on commodity production and freight to its flagship desktop, Thomson Reuters Eikon. Interactive Map allows c

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Global economy ‘could bear disaster for a week’

The global economy could withstand widespread disruption from a major natural disaster or attack by militants for only a week, a report by UK-based think-tank Chatham House said on Friday. The frequency of natural disasters, such as extrem

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Disaster recovery plan 'key for businesses'

Two-fifths of Gulf businesses do not have a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place for their IT section and 49 per cent have no business continuity plan for their workplace requirements. The catastrophic spate of disasters that occurred in 2

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Rosenbauer wins $320m Saudi ministry contract

Rosenbauer, a leading manufacturer of firefighting and disaster protection vehicles, said it has clinched a Saudi ministry contract worth 245.3 million euros ($320 million) for supply of fire engineering equipment. As per the contract

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