BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tucked away beneath courts for playing the bowling game pétanque, its entrance part-concealed by hanging plants, lies a cavernous concrete tank for collecting floodwater.
SANTIAGO - Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities.
TOKYO - The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained.
(Corrects 6th para to show the report seeks to extend protection to all Haitians in U.S. "for the duration of the humanitarian crisis in Haiti," but not specifically past the 2016 expiration deadline)
MIAMI - Wildrick Guerrier, a refugee from the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, died in a Haitian jail in 2011, 10 days after the United States revoked his temporary permission to stay in the country and deported him and 26 other men.
SYDNEY - Australian officials were urgently evacuating thousands of residents and warning tens of thousands more to bunker down in their homes on Friday as a potentially destructive cyclone approached the country's northeastern coast.
SYDNEY - A pair of tropical cyclones was bearing down on northeastern Australia on Thursday and emergency officials warned residents to take shelter ahead of torrential rain and flooding, destructive winds and massive seas.
SEATTLE - Testing began on Tuesday on the first early warning system to predict earthquakes before they rattle Oregon and Washington, with a group of businesses and hospitals trying out the tool before it is made available to the public, scientists said.
TOKYO - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 jolted northern Japan on Tuesday, hours after an earlier quake triggered evacuation warnings in towns along the coast.
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new digital mapping system will help aid groups respond more quickly when earthquakes strike, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.
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.