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China says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion', South Korea says likely natural

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BEIJING/SEOUL China's earthquake administration said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion", raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test weeks after its last one.

In Mexico, frantic rescuers keep up search for quake survivors

MEXICO CITY An army of trained rescuers and scores of volunteers carefully combed through the rubble of Mexico's most deadly earthquake in decades on Saturday, hoping against diminishing odds to pull more survivors out nearly four days after the disaster struck.

World, Environment, Mexico, 7:13am EDT

Frida the rescue dog emerges as hero of Mexican earthquake

MEXICO CITY For a country still in mourning and counting its dead from Tuesday's devastating earthquake, Frida the Navy rescue dog has emerged as a source of inspiration and pride in the search for survivors.

World, Environment, 12:16am EDT

Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to ravage the Caribbean in a month, skirted past the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, leaving devastation in its wake that included fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after pummeling the U.S. island territory. | Video

Environment, World, U.S. Sep 22 2017

Mexico school collapse spurs doubts over building code for quakes

MEXICO CITY The school collapse this week that killed at least 19 children during an earthquake has prompted many Mexicans to question whether building codes developed after a devastating 1985 temblor are too easily flouted.

World, Mexico, Sep 22 2017

Corporate donations for Harvey, Irma disaster relief near $225 million

HOUSTON Corporate donations for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief funds totaled nearly $225 million by Friday and pledges continued to be made, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation said.

U.S., Sep 22 2017

Hopes dimming under rubble, Mexico woman's texts help save her

MEXICO CITY Trapped under tons of rubble and in complete darkness, Diana Pacheco's hopes were fading fast for making it out alive from a collapsed office building after a huge earthquake in Mexico City, despite rescuers' frantic attempts to reach her.

World, Environment, Mexico, Sep 22 2017

Thirty-two years after quake, angry Mexicans still wait for homes

MEXICO CITY When Tuesday's earthquake struck Mexico, Martha Mejia watched the tin walls of her tiny shack quiver and remembered the smell of death that hung in the air of shattered apartment blocks 32 years before.

World, Environment, Mexico, Sep 22 2017

Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, another blow to its already precarious economic situation.

World, Environment, U.S., Sep 22 2017

Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'

CATANO, Puerto Rico Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes.

U.S., Environment, World Sep 22 2017

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.