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Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

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JAKARTA Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometres (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year.

Quake shakes Mexicans out of bed, alarms sound in capital

MEXICO CITY A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southern Mexico early on Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets as seismic alarms echoed across the capital, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

19 Feb 2018

Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

SYDNEY Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks.

18 Feb 2018

Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake

SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damage from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday. | Video

18 Feb 2018

Taiwan says 'insensitive' China playing politics with PNG move soon after quake

TAIPEI Taiwan has accused China of insensitivity by announcing that Papua New Guinea had downgraded its relations with the self-ruled island while Taiwan was still dealing with the aftermath of a deadly earthquake.

13 Feb 2018

Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY The Pacific nation of Tonga braced for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday after the powerful storm pummelled Samoa over the weekend.

World, Top News 12 Feb 2018

Quake-hit Taiwan city winds down rescue efforts, five still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan Rescue operations in Taiwan started to wind down on Friday after a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the tourist area of Hualien this week, taking a toll of 12 dead and five missing.

09 Feb 2018

Earthquake-hit Taiwan city still on edge as rescuers hunt survivors

HUALIEN, Taiwan Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 10 people near Taiwan's tourist city of Hualien.

World, Top News 08 Feb 2018

At least seven killed, 67 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for 67 people missing after a strong earthquake which killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien. | Video

World, Top News 07 Feb 2018

False tsunami warnings sent over phones spook Americans

NEW YORK False tsunami warnings flashed on cellphones along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts on Tuesday morning when a U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) systems test went awry, unnerving Americans from Maine to Texas.

07 Feb 2018

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.