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Hello, this is Pip. Today, we’re getting the latest news from Turkey and Syria, where the death toll is expected to continue rising after two devastating earthquakes struck within hours of each other yesterday.

In other news, we’re hearing why Swiss lawmakers visiting Taiwan this week should tread carefully. Meanwhile, in Mali, large-scale attacks by the so-called Islamic State are causing “tragedies beyond comprehension”.

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Rescue teams search for victims in the rubble in Idlib, Syria, following Monday’s earthquake. (Keystone/Newscom/Syria Civil Defense)

Thousands dead in Turkey and northwest Syria earthquake. A devastating earthquake which struck on Monday has killed more than 3,700 people and injured thousands more, though the World Health Organization has warned that the death toll is expected to rise. A magnitude 7.8 quake hit before sunrise, flattening buildings and heaping yet more destruction on areas of Syria that have already been ravaged by years of war. It was followed by a second large quake of magnitude 7.7 later the same afternoon, which stalled rescue efforts to pull casualties from the rubble.

The epicentre of the first quake was in southern Turkey near the city of Gaziantep, which is an important UN aid hub for northern Syria. The disaster has led to calls for the international community to relax some of the political restrictions on aid entering the rebel-held region. While the scale of the destruction continues to emerge, dozens of countries and organisations have offered urgent assistance.

Al Jazeera (EN)

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