People around the world are expressing encouragement and support for the people of France. In particular, for the people in its capital city, Paris.
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Many countries are sending aid to Nepal after a serious earthquake took place there on Saturday.
Nepal is located between China and India. One of its best-known features is Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.
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One of architecture’s most important prizes has gone to a man who builds low-cost, recyclable buildings and structures.
Shigeru Ban is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
For more than 20 years, Ban has been travelling to parts of the world where buildings have been destroyed by war or natural disasters like hurricanes.
There has been a terrible storm in the Philippines.
The Philippines is a country in southeast Asia.
Because it is an island in the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines often gets very bad weather, including earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons.
However, Typhoon Haiyan is perhaps the worst natural disaster to ever befall the country.
The typhoon hit the Philippines last Friday.
Its winds of up to 300 kilometres an hour whipped up the ocean waves.
The storm also caused flooding and landslides.
The country’s National Red Cross has launched a huge program to help the people whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon.
The enormous cruise ship, The Costa Concordia, no longer lies on its side, rusting in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.
Salvagers spent 19 hours—and more than $824-million—setting it upright.
It was the largest salvage operation of its kind.
The 13-deck Costa Concordia was carrying 4,200 people on Jan. 13, 2012 when its captain steered it too close to the shore.
It’s well known that in the 1840s, Ireland suffered from a disaster known as the Irish potato famine.
“Famine” means a “shortage of food.”
More than a quarter of the population of Ireland died or left the country from 1845 to 1852 because of the famine.
For much of the country at the time, potatoes were the main source of food.
The famine had a big effect on Ireland; for one thing, its population is not yet back to pre-famine levels.
The famine happened because the country’s potatoes caught a disease.
At the time, no one knew what the disease was or how to cure it.
An Australian billionaire named Clive Palmer is building a life-sized replica of the Titanic.
The Titanic is a famous ship that sank in 1912. The dramatic story of the ocean liner has fascinated millions of people around the world. It was supposed to be an unsinkable ship but it hit an iceberg and sank on its very first voyage.
There have been many documentaries, films and books about the Titanic. Interest in the ship was heightened in 1997 when a blockbuster movie called “Titanic” was released, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
The replica Titanic ocean liner will be called Titanic II. It is scheduled to sail in 2016, from Southampton, England to New York in the United States.
Two days before this year’s New York City Marathon was to take place, it was cancelled.
The marathon is one of the largest in the world, with more than 47,500 runners, most of whom travel from out of town to the city for the 42.2-kilometre run.
The run was to have been held on Sunday.
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the event because New York was still trying to clean up after having been hit by a devastating storm.
Superstorm Sandy hit the Caribbean and the eastern coast of Canada and the United States last week.
It came onto land in New Jersey on the east coast of the U.S., on Monday, Oct. 29.
Thank goodness for Costa Rica’s strict building codes.
They ensure that its buildings are extremely sturdy and well built. That helps account for the relatively small amount of damage the Central American country suffered after a powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake last Wednesday.
The earthquake took place about 140 kms west of the country’s capital, San Jose.
In 1991, another 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook the country but it caused a lot of damage. This time, Costa Rica was saved by its new and updated building standards.