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New Zealand policy makers in the dark after quake upends stats bureau

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Wellington New Zealand policy makers are flying blind as the nation's statistics agency struggles to restore the flow of vital economic data more than two weeks after a major earthquake battered its Wellington base.

At least five dead after tornadoes rip through U.S. South

At least five people were killed and dozens more were injured after tornadoes tore through Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi overnight and into Wednesday morning, forecasters and local media reported. | Video

30 Nov 2016

Spurred by Trump and Brexit, EU plans 5 bln euro defence fund

BRUSSELS The European Union unveiled its biggest defence funding and research plan in more than a decade on Wednesday to reverse billions in cuts and send a message to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that it wants to pay for its own security.

30 Nov 2016

In Bangladesh, disaster-savvy students protect families from floods

KURIGRAM, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladeshi teacher Monjurul Islam was talking to his class of 10-year-olds about how the planet is heating up, when Mosammat Ferdousi stood up and asked: “We are experiencing heavy floods in the last few years - is this linked to climate change?”

Top News, World, South Asia 30 Nov 2016

South Africa's proposed nuclear power plant unsafe - study

JOHANNESBURG South African power provider Eskom has proposed building a nuclear power station on a site that may be at risk of surge storms and tsunamis, a geological report suggests, but the state-owned utility disputes the findings.

World, Nuclear Power 25 Nov 2016

Magnitude 7 offshore quake shakes Central America, no damage seen

SAN SALVADOR A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region on Thursday just as a hurricane barreled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, but there were no immediate reports of any quake damage.

25 Nov 2016

New Zealand looks offshore for workers to rebuild after quake

WELLINGTON New Zealand is looking offshore for hundreds of workers to rebuild roads, railways and buildings after this month's earthquake amid a shortage of local workers in an overstretched construction industry.

25 Nov 2016

Houthi missile arsenal holds a key to future Yemen peace

DUBAI A U.N. peace plan for Yemen seeks to deprive the country's armed Houthi movement of its missile arsenal which Yemeni security sources say includes scores and maybe even hundreds of Soviet-era ballistic missiles pointed at their foes in Saudi Arabia.

World, Yemen 23 Nov 2016

Analysis: Houthi missile arsenal holds a key to future Yemen peace

DUBAI A U.N. peace plan for Yemen seeks to deprive the country's armed Houthi movement of its missile arsenal which Yemeni security sources say includes scores and maybe even hundreds of Soviet-era ballistic missiles pointed at their foes in Saudi Arabia.

World, Yemen 22 Nov 2016

Bitter lessons of Japan's 2011 tsunami put to use with latest quake

TOKYO Massive tsunami waves slammed into Japan's northeastern coast more than five years ago, killing about 18,000 people and prompting authorities to revise warning systems and evacuation plans to try to save more lives.

World, Japan 22 Nov 2016

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.