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Severe storms in U.S. South kill at least 18

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TAMPA, Fla. A dangerous weekend weather system has killed at least 18 people in the U.S. South, as Georgia officials on Sunday reported more than a dozen deaths after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes buffeted several states.

Powerful quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert wound back

SYDNEY A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Sunday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage after a potential tsunami did not occur.

22 Jan 2017

Pre-dawn tornado kills 4 in Mississippi, traps others

A strong tornado killed at least four people in southern Mississippi and left many others trapped in their homes after touching down in the hours before sunrise on Saturday, local and state officials said.

21 Jan 2017

Scientists enter Hawaii dome in eight-month Mars space mission study

Six scientists have entered a dome perched atop a remote volcano in Hawaii where they will spend the next eight months in isolation to simulate life for astronauts traveling to Mars, the University of Hawaii said.

World, Tech 20 Jan 2017

Spate of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy, one dead

ROME One man died on Wednesday in a series of strong earthquakes which hit central Italy, a region devastated by deadly tremors last year, while heavy snow raised fears for the safety of others in the region.

19 Jan 2017

Nepal fails to deliver relief to quake survivors – rights group

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly two years since Nepal's devastating earthquakes, millions of survivors languish in makeshift shelters as the government has failed to deliver billions of dollars pledged in aid for rebuilding, a human rights group said on Friday.

World, Top News, South Asia 13 Jan 2017

Rains, snow ease in U.S. West but flood risk remains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Heavy rain and snow began to ease on Thursday in the U.S. West, but flooding risks remained high in parts of California after overflowing rivers forced thousands to evacuate in recent days.

13 Jan 2017

Nepal names new quake reconstruction head, citing delays

KATHMANDU Nepal fired the head of its earthquake reconstruction agency and named his predecessor to the job in a game of musical chairs that critics say is only making conditions worse for the survivors of the 2015 disaster.

Top News, South Asia, World 12 Jan 2017

California rainfall ebbs but flooding continues

LOS ANGELES The rainfall that has pummelled the U.S. West this week lightened on Wednesday but that did not keep swollen rivers from overflowing their banks in California, where water lapped up against houses in a wine-growing region, officials said.

12 Jan 2017

Thai floods kill 21 and hit rubber production

BANGKOK Widespread flooding in Thailand's south has killed 21 people, hit rubber production in the region and shut down infrastructure, officials said on Monday, as the military government increased aid to flood-affected areas.

09 Jan 2017

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.