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Facing risk of disease, Sierra Leone buries mudslide dead

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FREETOWN, Aug 16 Facing the threat of disease, Sierra Leone on Wednesday began burying hundreds of victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital, one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory. | Video

Firefighters contain destructive wildfire near Athens

ATHENS Firefighters on Wednesday contained a wildfire burning for nearly four days near Athens after it destroyed thousands of hectares of pine forest and dozens of homes.

Aug 16 2017

Gert strengthens into Category 2 hurricane, moves off to sea: NHC

Hurricane Gert, swirling away from land in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Aug 16 2017

Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

Tech 4:50am EDT

Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems

ZURICH Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems (ETS) after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.

Global Energy News Aug 16 2017

U.S. forecaster says 40 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

A low pressure system about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

Aug 16 2017

Northern China air quality worsens in January-July: ministry

SHANGHAI Air quality worsened in China's northern region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei in the first seven months of this year, piling pressure on authorities to crack down on firms in their efforts to meet politically crucial 2017 pollution targets.

China Aug 16 2017

China to ban primary mercury mining by 2032 as convention comes into force

BEIJING China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020, including thermometers and blood pressure monitors, and ban primary mercury mining by 2032, as a global pact to cut pollution from the metal comes into effect.

Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Aug 15 2017

Flash floods hit Freeport Indonesia's mining operations

JAKARTA Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday.

Aug 16 2017