Natural Disasters

Nadal answers doubts, Ivanovic ousted at Australian Open

Photo

MELBOURNE - A relieved Rafa Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday after former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out on the opening day at Melbourne Park.

Malawi flooding death toll nears 200, more missing

LILONGWE - The death toll from flooding in Malawi has risen to 176 and others are still missing, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Friday after touring the worst-hit parts of the southern African country, one of the world's poorest states.

16 Jan 2015

Flood aftermath may see Malaysian palm output drop again in Jan

* Fair weather in Peninsular Malaysia in coming week -met dept

14 Jan 2015

Blood-red sea as underwater volcano erupts off Tonga, ash delays flights

SYDNEY - An underwater volcano off Tonga was spewing ash high into the air on Tuesday, causing several carriers to suspend air travel to the South Pacific island nation and turning the surrounding ocean blood red, residents and officials said.

13 Jan 2015

Haitians learn to live with disaster upon disaster

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Claude Enrico survived the earthquake that hit Haiti five years ago and helped pull people from under the rubble in the flattened capital Port-au-Prince.

10 Jan 2015

Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region.

World, Top News, South Asia 26 Dec 2014

Malaysia's monsoon floods seen crippling December palm supply - industry

* Malaysia's December palm output seen plunging around 18 pct

26 Dec 2014

Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers, memorial services

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims gather along shorelines of the Indian Ocean on Friday for prayers and memorial services to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region.

Top News, World, South Asia 26 Dec 2014

Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque that survived, 10 yrs after tsunami

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Thousands of Indonesians gathered on Thursday to pray at a mosque that was one of the few buildings left standing in Banda Aceh, the city flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people 10 years ago.

25 Dec 2014

Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. - Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the U.S. Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many and causing extensive damage, authorities said.

24 Dec 2014

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.