Natural Disasters

With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water.

Migrants may be answer to Serbian depopulation - government official

BELGRADE - A parliament-appointed rights official in Serbia has suggested that the country, blighted by years of depopulation, should ask migrants flooding through the Balkans from the Middle East to settle in hundreds of empty villages.

26 Aug 2015

First climber to attempt Everest ascent since Nepal earthquakes

KATHMANDU - A Japanese climber will be the first to attempt to scale Mount Everest since a massive earthquake in April triggered avalanches that killed 18 climbers, shutting an industry that feeds thousands of people across Nepal.

South Asia, Top News, Japan, World 23 Aug 2015

Typhoon Goni batters Philippines, kills four, displaces hundreds

MANILA - Four people died and hundreds fled their homes on Friday when a category three typhoon bore down on the northern Philippines, disaster officials said.

21 Aug 2015

Japan nuclear utility says no special precautions over volcano

TOKYO - Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power said on Monday that it was monitoring activity at a volcano near its Sendai nuclear plant, but did not need to take any special precautions after authorities warned of the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 17 Aug 2015

Japan raises warning level on volcano not far from nuclear plant

TOKYO - Japan warned on Saturday that a volcano 50 km (31 miles) from a just-restarted nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity, and said nearby residents should prepare to evacuate.

World, Japan 15 Aug 2015

Argentine front-runner Scioli cuts short Italy trip to battle floods

LUJAN, Argentina - Argentina's presidential front-runner Daniel Scioli cut short a trip to Italy for work on his prosthetic arm, returning to the province he governs amid mounting criticism over his handling of flooding that has forced thousands from their homes.

13 Aug 2015

Myanmar braces for more flooding as international aid flows in

YANGON - International aid poured into Myanmar on Friday following weeks of heavy monsoon flooding that aid agencies say is set to extend further across the low-lying southern delta region.

07 Aug 2015

Myanmar braces for more flooding as international aid flows in

YANGON - International aid poured into Myanmar on Friday following weeks of heavy monsoon flooding that aid agencies say is set to extend further across the low-lying southern delta region.

07 Aug 2015

At least three killed in eastern Congo quake

GOMA, Congo - An earthquake killed two children and a police officer in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo early on Friday and triggered fears that a nearby volcano could erupt, government officials and witnesses said.

07 Aug 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.