Natural Disasters

Missing plane draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion - As experts on the Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island's volcano was about to erupt.

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

SAN FRANCISCO - Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

U.S., Environment, 02 Aug 2015

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

- Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

U.S., Environment, 01 Aug 2015

California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. | Video

U.S., Environment, 01 Aug 2015

Special Report: Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions

KIEV - From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. A burly man with a long, Cossack-style moustache, Korchynsky has several hundred armed men at his disposal. The exact number, he said, is "classified."

World, Special Reports 29 Jul 2015

More and bigger drilling-linked earthquakes rattle Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY - Several earthquakes shook Oklahoma on Monday as the state experiences a sharp increase in the frequency of tremors linked to wastewater disposal from gas and oil drilling, including from fracking, state and federal officials said.

Environment, 28 Jul 2015

Firefighters make progress against Western U.S. wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Firefighters made progress Sunday against three wildfires burning in Montana and California, aided by cooler temperatures overnight.

U.S., 26 Jul 2015

Deadly flash floods in Pakistan damage roads and crops

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains has killed at least 28 in Pakistan and affected hundreds of thousands of people, according to aid agencies, with further downpours expected in the coming days.

World, 24 Jul 2015

Quake-hit Nepal reopens Annapurna circuit after experts give all clear

KATHMANDU - Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking routes.Miyamoto International, a California-based structural engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage in the Annapurna region "was very limited".

World, 23 Jul 2015

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay area

SAN FRANCISCO - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday and spooked residents, although officials said there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

U.S., 21 Jul 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.