TIME China

Earthquake in China Kills at Least 589

Infrastructure and buildings in remote area of Yunnan province left in ruins after huge temblor

Update: Aug. 6, 10:05 a.m. ET

At least 589 people were killed after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit a rural area of Yunnan province on Aug. 3, causing several buildings to collapse. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was less than a mile below the ground.

TIME photography

11 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From beach-goers to North Korean dance parties, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

TIME movies

Spitting Images: Biopic Actors and the Real-Life People They Played

André Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side. Take a look at other actors who were convincing enough to make audiences do a double-take

TIME India

At Least 60 Dead, Scores Missing in India Landslide

Eight people have been rescued so far

Search teams continue to dig through the mud from a landslide that buried a village in western India on Wednesday as the death toll has reached 66, officials said Friday.

The evening landslide crashed into the small village of Malin, taking its approximately 150 residents by surprise, the BBC reported. Workers have managed to reach the central part of the village, but no survivors have been recovered in the past 48 hours.

The torrential rain that caused the disaster continues to hamper rescue efforts, said officials, despite the attempts of the 250 disaster response workers and 100 ambulances on the scene. The eight villagers thus far rescued are receiving treatment at a government hospital 60 kilometers away.

India’s monsoon season runs from June to September.

[BBC]

TIME photography

This Month’s Most Surprising Photos

July has been a whirlwind month and these pictures capture many of its highs and lows: Triumphant (and heartbreaking) World Cup celebrations, breathtaking images of the Earth from space, scenes from the ongoing conflict in Gaza, and more

TIME weather

California Firefighters Battle ‘Sand Fire’ Blaze

Around 1,500 firefighters in Northern California were trying to contain the Sand Fire Sunday, officials said. The blaze has so far destroyed at least 10 homes and forced hundreds to evacuate

TIME movies

PHOTOS: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Career Over the Years

The WWE champ's journey to A-list stardom has been a Herculean feat

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie of mythical proportions, Hercules, hits theaters on July 25, 2014.

Take a look back at how the former WWE World Heavyweight champion has gone from professional wrestler to Hollywood action star.

TIME Gaza

Here’s What Gaza Explosions Look Like From Space

Alexander Gerst/NASA

Astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted the image Tuesday, calling it his "saddest photo yet"

Tel-Aviv is pictured on the centre of the coastline at the top of the image. The city lights of Be’er Shiva can be seen towards the centre left, while the Gaza Strip appears as a darker patch running along the coast to the far left. Jerusalem is directly below Tel-Aviv as the main patch of lights in the centre. Hebron is shown to Jerusalem’s left, while the sprawl of lights from Amman are shown on the bottom right.

TIME Italy

The Costa Concordia Makes Its Final Voyage

Two and a half years have passed since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground outside of Giglio, Italy, killing 32 people and leaving the ship partially submerged in shallow water. Salvage crews worked tirelessly to re-float the wreck last week, filling steel boxes with air to serve as pontoons. Other boats will now tow the ship on its 240-kilometer (150-mile) journey to Genoa, Italy.

The Costa Concordia operation is the largest salvage attempt to date, with the ship weighing in at 114,500 tons. Dismantling the vessel on the reef was not an option. “It’s far more dangerous to the environment to leave it where it is than to tow it away,” Italy’s civil-protection chief Franco Gabrielli told Giglio residents.

The floatation and salvation project is expected to cost more than $2 billion. TIME takes a look at the Costa Concordia’s journey so far.

TIME Japan

These Are Japan’s Coolest New Trains

Japan has unveiled several new luxury trains, most recently East Japan Railway Company's Cruise Train, designed by Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama. Here's a look at the new opulent way to travel around Japan's most scenic routes

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