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Italy holds funeral for quake victims as search continues

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AMATRICE, Italy Italy held a state funeral in pouring rain on Tuesday for some of the victims of an earthquake which levelled mountain communities last week, killing at least 292 people. | Video

British PM May gathers ministers to hear views on Brexit

LONDON After a summer of political earthquakes followed by a few weeks of holiday calm, Prime Minister Theresa May will meet members of her government on Wednesday to discuss how Britain is to leave the European Union.

4:40am IST

Typhoon Lionrock nears Japan's tsunami-hit northeast, grounds flights

TOKYO More than 100 flights were cancelled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people as a powerful typhoon approached Japan's northeast on Tuesday, a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago.

World, Japan 30 Aug 2016

Renzi to present national plan to strengthen Italy's quake defences

ROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised on Monday to present a national plan to make Italy safer against earthquakes as rescuers continued to search for bodies after last week's quake that killed at least 292 people.

30 Aug 2016

Italy's vulnerable beauty lacks funds and attention against earthquakes

ROME The basilica of Saint Benedict in the medieval town of Norcia swayed but held up last week when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked mountainous central Italy.

29 Aug 2016

More bodies located beneath rubble in Italy quake zone

AMATRICE, Italy Rescuers believe they have found more bodies buried deep in the rubble of the ruined town of Amatrice, five days after a devastating earthquake struck central Italy, killing at least 290 people. | Video

28 Aug 2016

Italy's quake survivors fear family villages will become ghost towns

SANT'ANGELO, Italy Tiny villages that dot the valley around the town of Amatrice, which was levelled by Wednesday's earthquake, were home to generations of families who once farmed the land, but later moved to cities for work and now return for the holidays.

World, Top News 28 Aug 2016

African migrants go to Italian quake zone to help survivors

PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy African migrants hoping to start a new life in Italy after risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean have headed to the area of Wednesday's earthquake, helping local people who lost everything in the disaster. | Video

26 Aug 2016

India's deadly floods raise risk of women, children being sold into slavery

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and children in India's flood-hit eastern region are at risk of being preyed upon by human traffickers and sold into slavery in middle class homes, restaurants and shops, and even brothels, aid workers warned on Friday. | Video

26 Aug 2016

Italy's earthquake shakes even the dead

SANT'ANGELO, Italy The earthquake that brought disaster to a cluster of mountain communities in central Italy this week did not even spare the dead.

26 Aug 2016

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.