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Brazil rains kill more than 600 as epidemic feared

Rains that devastated a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro have killed at least 626 people, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said on Sunday, as fears of more storms and disease outbreaks overshadowed rescue operations.Full story

NZ troops provide security in quake-hit city

Army troops took control of the center of the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Monday, two days after a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake smashed buildings and homes, wrecked roads and rail lines — but caused no loss of life. Full story

Dozens die, hundreds missing in Brazil floods

Officials scramble to get food and medical aid to two flood-hit Brazilian states where torrents of water ripped through towns, killing at least 41 people and driving 120,000 from their homes. Full story

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Residents with their belongings cross a bridge after a landslide in Conquista January 17, 2011. Rains that devastated a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro have killed at least 611 people, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said on Sunday, as forecasts of more storms and fears of disease outbreaks

A view of a landslide in Conquista
A view of a landslide in Conquista

A view of a landslide in Conquista January 17, 2011. Rains that devastated a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro have killed at least 611 people, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said on Sunday, as forecasts of more storms and fears of disease outbreaks overshadowed rescue operations. REUTERS/Br

Brazilian soldiers tend to a landslide victim in Nova Friburgo
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