Natural Disasters

U.S military personnel to leave Nepal at end of relief mission

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KATHMANDU - Hundreds of U.S. military personnel helping provide relief in Nepal after last month's 7.8 earthquake have finished their mission and will leave the country, U.S. and Nepali military officials said on Wednesday.

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach

THALI, Nepal - Nepali tea shop owner Phurba Sherpa has spent four nights cramped under a tarpaulin with his wife and nine others on a school field outside Kathmandu since falling rocks triggered by an earthquake last week demolished his distant mountain village.

World, 19 May 2015

Nepal's historic homes at risk as post-quake demolition begins

BHAKTAPUR - Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal's historic cities as the government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month's 7.8 earthquake. | Video

World 19 May 2015

Child marriages, trafficking will soar after Nepal quake: charity

CASABLANCA, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The massive earthquakes in Nepal will lead to a dramatic rise in child marriage and the trafficking of children as criminals prey on orphans and parents act to protect young daughters, the head of a social welfare organization predicted on Tuesday.

World, 19 May 2015

Help quake-hit Nepal by cancelling foreign debt: campaigners

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Multinational lenders like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can help Nepal rebuild and recover from two devastating earthquakes by cancelling some of its almost $4 billion foreign debt, campaigners said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, IMF 19 May 2015

Mapping Mount St. Helens magma progresses, 35 years after eruption

PORTLAND, Ore. - Early data collected in a pioneering effort to map the inner workings of Mount St. Helens have provided promising initial insights, 35 years after a massive eruption by the Washington state volcano killed at least 57 people, scientists said on Monday.

Environment, 18 May 2015

Scientists watching Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano for new eruption

- Scientists are closely watching a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island for a possible eruption after volatile changes in the level of a lake of lava on its summit and a series of earthquakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.

Environment, 18 May 2015

Central U.S. hit by floods after tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas - Thunderstorms and floods battered several central U.S. states on Sunday after a tornado series hit large parts of the area a day earlier, cutting power lines and damaging structures. | Video

U.S., 17 May 2015

Nepal quake death toll becomes highest on record; dozens still missing

KATHMANDU - The number of people killed in Nepal by two major earthquakes has surpassed 8,500, making the disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record, as rescuers on Sunday searched for dozens of people still missing in remote villages.

World, 17 May 2015

Eight bodies recovered from wreckage of U.S. helicopter in Nepal

KATHMANDU - The bodies of eight soldiers have been recovered from the wreckage of a U.S. military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal high on a mountainside, Nepali officials said on Saturday. | Video

World, 16 May 2015

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.