By Steve Scherer PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Within hours of the earth shaking and houses collapsing, thousands of volunteers from all over Italy had descended on the country's stricken central mountains to bring what help they could. The Civil Protection Department said that of the 5,400 people working under its command in the quake zone, including police, soldiers and firemen, more than half were volunteers. Many of us are divorced," said Paolo Cortelli, a member of the Alpine Rescue national service who is a veterinarian by profession and comes from the nearby city of Terni.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday. The United Nations has been pushing for a weekly 48-hour pause in fighting in Aleppo to alleviate suffering for some 2 million people, with major powers backing opposing sides in Syria's five-year-old civil war. "We have...agreement now from the Russian Federation for the 48-hour pause, we're waiting (for) it from the other actors on the ground.