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Peru reels from floods as it waits for end to brutal rainy season


CARAPONGO, Peru Between rows of plastic tents on the outskirts of Lima, Martha Llanos takes her ration of rice and chicken alongside thousands of others who have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding to hit Peru in decades.

Peru president's popularity falls to 32 percent as rains wreak havoc

LIMA Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's approval rating slipped 6 percentage points to 32 percent in an Ipsos poll taken while deadly downpours and flooding racked the Andean country, local daily El Comercio reported Sunday.

World, Mar 19 2017

Nepal bulldozes earthquake survivors’ relief camp in capital

KATHMANDU Police in riot gear stood guard on Tuesday as Nepali civic officials used bulldozers to tear down a relief camp in the capital for victims of the 2015 earthquake, in a bid to force people to return to their home villages. | Video

World, Mar 14 2017

Oklahoma wildfires kill thousands of pigs at Smithfield, Seaboard farms

Wildfires devastated a Smithfield Foods Inc [SFII.UL] hog farm in Laverne, Oklahoma, killing at least several thousand pigs, company and local officials said on Friday.

U.S., Mar 10 2017

U.S. Plains wildfires leave thousands of cattle dead

AUSTIN, Texas Fast-moving wildfires that burned through nearly 2 million acres (809,380 hectares) of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week have devastated ranches and left thousands of cattle and other livestock dead, officials said on Thursday.

Environment, Mar 09 2017

U.S. Plains blazes kill six, Kansas wildfires largest recorded

AUSTIN, Texas Firefighters are getting under control some of the fast-moving wildfires that have killed six people and scorched about 1.5 million acres (over 600,000 hectares) from Colorado to Kansas, causing thousands of evacuations, officials said on Wednesday.

U.S., Environment Mar 08 2017

Cyclone kills at least five people as it slams into Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO Cyclone Enawo, a massive tropical storm packing winds up to 300 km per hour (185 mph), killed at least five people when it slammed into the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, officials said on Wednesday.

Environment, Mar 08 2017

As drugs flood into Gaza, Hamas to get tougher on smugglers

GAZA Marijuana and prescription painkillers are flooding into the Gaza Strip as never before, prompting officials from the ruling Islamist group Hamas to seek tougher punishments for smuggling drugs into the blockaded territory.

World, Mar 07 2017

Italian farmers bring sheep to Rome to protest quake response

ROME Italian farmers from regions ravaged by earthquakes brought sheep to central Rome on Tuesday to protest what they say are serious delays in reconstruction efforts.

World, Italy, Mar 07 2017

Storms, tornadoes rake Midwest as high winds fuel prairie fires

CHICAGO A line of thunderstorms packing hail and isolated tornadoes rumbled across the Midwest from Oklahoma to Minnesota on Monday as wind-fueled prairie fires forced thousands of people from their homes in Colorado and Kansas.

U.S., Environment, Mar 06 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.