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A devastating earthquake strikes the border of Iran and Iraq; Trump nominates a new health and human services secretary; thousands of neo-Nazis march in Poland.
The deadliest earthquake of the year just struck Iran and Iraq
- A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night, killing at least 400 people, injuring at least 7,000 more, and reducing buildings to rubble. [The Guardian / Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Martin Farrer]
- The quake, felt as far away as the neighboring countries of Turkey and Pakistan, is the deadliest of 2017. Earlier this year, an earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 400 people. [CNN / Shirzad Bozorgmehr and James Masters]
- The quake struck in a border region between Iraq and Iran, but so far it appears that the majority of deaths and damages were sustained in western Iran’s Kermanshah province. [NPR / Bill Chappell and Scott Neuman]
- About seven deaths have been confirmed in Iraq; the earthquake struck about 19 miles away from the city of Halabja, which is populated by Iraqi Kurds. [Sky News / Sharon Marris]
- Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing criticism after a number of apartments for low-income families constructed under his tenure collapsed in the quake. Ahmadinejad spearheaded the housing effort, but his opponents said the buildings were built poorly and couldn’t withstand tremors. [NYT / Thomas Erdbrink]
- The earthquake was set off after part of the fault line separating the Read More Here