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A Brave Girl Died Protecting Her Younger Sister During the Recent Earthquake in Italy

In the ultimate act of sacrifice, an 8-year-old girl shields her younger sister from debris when a massive earthquake rocked Italy.

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A devastating magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy last August 24 at exactly 10:33am, with up to 247 reported deaths confirmed in its wake. One of these deaths was that of a young 8-year-old girl named Giulia Renaldo whose sacrifice saved the life of her younger sister, Giorgia.

Giorgia, 4, is rescued thanks to the sacrifice of her sister, Giulia.

Giorgia, 4, is rescued thanks to the sacrifice of her sister, Giulia.

In a dramatic moment, 4-year-old Giorgia was pulled from the rubble of her home by rescue workers. Giulia had selflessly thrown herself atop her younger sister as debris fell all around them.

The girls’ distraught grandmother Angela Cafini wept as she recalled how her young granddaughter escaped with minimal scratches thanks to the sacrifice of her older sister.

In a statement, Ms. Cafini said,

"Giulia died saving her sister. She lay on top of her. That is the only reason she is alive. I am told she has no injuries and that is the only explanation for that."

"Giulia died saving her sister. She lay on top of her. That is the only reason she is alive. I am told she has no injuries and that is the only explanation for that."

Their village of Pescara del Tronto was virtually wiped out by the earthquake as the death toll rose to almost 250.

Their village of Pescara del Tronto was virtually wiped out by the earthquake as the death toll rose to almost 250.

More than 4,300 emergency service workers rushed to the scene in a race against time to find remaining survivors like Giorgia.

The valiant effort of the rescue workers ensured that all remaining survivors would be found and given emergency care.

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And they not only seek to rescue people, but also pets.

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However, casualties could be avoided, and more heartbreaking deaths have been confirmed. Included in these deaths are an 8 month-old baby, his 9-year-old brother, and their parents who were buried in their sleep.

Bodies of the eartquake victims lie on the ground in the central Italian village of Amatrice.

Bodies of the eartquake victims lie on the ground in the central Italian village of Amatrice.

Firefighters are now escorting the earthquake survivors back to their homes temporarily to retrieve some of their belongings. But with their homes left in ruins, residents have been forced to set up camp in the street as the rescue efforts continue.

Some survivors are given temporary shelter.

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Others are camped out in the streets, awaiting news about other survivors.

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Stefano Petrucci, the mayor of the municipality of Accumoli, has stated that up to 2,500 people have been left homeless by the earthquake.

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Filipino Fisherman Found a Giant Pearl Worth $100Million and Kept it Under His Bed

A fisherman recently turned over a giant pearl to the authorities in Palawan, an island province in the Philippines that’s known for its rich marine life.

Palawan, an island province in the Philippines, boasts of a wealth of marine life. About 45 percent of the fish supply in Metro Manila — the nation's capital region — comes from this area. It is rich not only because of its diverse fish population but also because of pearls. That said, a fisherman recently turned over a giant pearl to the City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa, which is the the provincial seat of government for Palawan. He just dropped off this monster of a pearl

The over-sized pearl could easily be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world. It measures one foot wide, 2.2 feet long, and weighs 34 kilograms or 74.9 pounds. It would far surpass the current Guinness World record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu or also known as The Pearl of Allah, weighing 14 pounds, which also came from the same province in Philippines. No wonder the small country is referred to as the "Pearl of the Orient".

The Pearl of Lao Tzu, currently the largest in the world, was also found in Palawan, Philippines.

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Chinese Diver Proposes to Girlfriend After She Won the Olympic Silver Medal

He Zi thought she was just going to accept her medal at the podium, little did she know her boyfriend had something else planned!

If you're looking for a roller coaster of emotions, just imagine what Chinese Olympic diver He Zi went through when her boyfriend suddenly went up beside her on the podium and proposed!

25 year-old He Zi and her boyfriend, 30 year-old Qin Kai, have been dating for 6 years, and both of them are accomplished divers. In fact, Qin Kai had just won a bronze medal in his own synchronized diving event the week before.

Qin Kai and his fellow diver He Chong holding their medals at the men's synchronised 3m springboard victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, July 23, 2013.

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Here’s How Dire Our Climate Change Situation Is. Hint: It’s Pretty Bad!

Turns out, climate change is happening at a much faster rate than we initially thought!

Turns out, climate change is happening at a much faster rate than we initially thought!

Last year in Paris, the United Nations climate change conference took place in order to tackle future climate changes. After the conference, they came up with the following commitment at the Paris Agreement:

Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

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