Natural Disasters

Nepalese dig with bare hands for quake survivors as toll rises to 1,900


KATHMANDU - Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. | Video

Seventeen bodies found at Everest base camp, official says

KATHMANDU - Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded after an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on the world's highest peak, a mountaineering official said. | Video

South Asia, Top News, World 8:52am IST

Bad weather hampers search for avalanche survivors on Everest

KATHMANDU - Bad weather frustrated efforts to rescue hundreds of climbers stranded on Mount Everest on Sunday, a day after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche in possibly the single deadliest incident on the world's highest peak.

Top News, World, South Asia 8:20am IST

U.S. mountaineering companies scramble to keep in touch with Everest climbers

NEW YORK - U.S. companies and travel groups frantically tried to keep in touch with climbers stuck on Mount Everest on Saturday after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and killed nearly 1,400 people.

Top News, South Asia 5:01am IST

Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake

REUTERS - Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

Top News, World, South Asia 4:54am IST

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

KATHMANDU - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday. | Video

World, South Asia, Top News 4:25am IST

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed

KATHMANDU - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season.

South Asia, Top News, World 3:39am IST

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

SANTIAGO - Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. | Video

Chile volcano still puffing, flights cancelled in Argentina

SANTIAGO - Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday, is still puffing out ash and smoke, leading airlines to cancel flights from Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometers east.

Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano

SANTIAGO - An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash. | Video

24 Apr 2015

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.