Natural Disasters

Germany eyes bigger role in fight against IS in Syria


BERLIN Lawmakers from Germany's ruling parties will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss how Berlin can provide more support to France in the fight against Islamic State militants following the deadly attacks in Paris.

Magnitude 7.6 quakes hit Peru-Brazil border, no damage reported

LIMA Two major magnitude 7.6 earthquakes struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin within minutes of each other on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

25 Nov 2015

Merkel ally attacks her refusal to cap German refugee intake

MUNICH, Germany The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies on Friday challenged her refusal to cap the number of refugees flooding into Germany, saying the government would lose popular support without such a ceiling.

21 Nov 2015

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Oklahoma, Kansas

TULSA, Okla. A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck northern Oklahoma early on Thursday, rattling residents out of their beds and shaking the ground across a 100-mile (160-km) radius that included the city of Tulsa and the state of Kansas.

20 Nov 2015

Nepal quake survivors at risk as fuel crisis deepens - aid agencies

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fuel crisis in Nepal has disrupted aid agencies' efforts to send essential items like blankets and clothing to earthquake survivors in remote mountainous areas before winter sets in, aid workers said on Wednesday.

South Asia, World 18 Nov 2015

Mountains on Pluto believed to be ice volcanoes, scientists say

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Scientists have discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, raising questions about how the tiny, distant world has been so geologically active, according to research presented on Monday.

10 Nov 2015

As floods hit, Pakistan’s Kalasha people fear for their way of life

CHITRAL, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more than just homes and crops.

Top News, World, South Asia 09 Nov 2015

Two dead, 28 missing as recovery proceeds near burst Brazil dams

MARIANA, Brazil Brazilian authorities on Sunday confirmed a second death caused by a massive mudflow and flooding that swamped towns near an iron ore mine in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

08 Nov 2015

Modi pledges 800 billion rupees in relief and development for Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged 800 billion rupees ($12.10 billion) in funds to bolster development and economic growth in Kashmir, a year after the worst flooding in more than a century destroyed half a million homes there.

07 Nov 2015

Rare cyclone batters Yemen, thousands flee homes

CAIRO A cyclone with hurricane-force winds made landfall on Yemen's Arabian Sea coast on Tuesday, flooding the country's fifth-largest city Mukalla and sending thousands of people fleeing for shelter.

World, Yemen 03 Nov 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.