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Natural Disasters

Magnitude 6.3 quake shakes Philippines' Mindanao island

DAVAO, Philippines A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off the Philippine's Mindanao island on Saturday, sending hotel guests and construction workers running from buildings in Davao, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Harvest halts, processors close as rains swamp upper Midwest

CHICAGO Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday.

U.S., Sep 23 2016

Italy's Renzi says August quake caused at least 4 billion euros of damage

ROME An earthquake that killed 297 people in central Italy last month caused damage worth at least 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion), Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday.

World, Italy, Sep 23 2016

U.S. to boost Haitian deportations, but Haiti may not take them

WASHINGTON The United States, responding to a surge in Haitian immigrants, will end special protections for them dating back to a 2010 earthquake that devastated that nation, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday.

U.S., Sep 22 2016

China issues alert for second typhoon in a week

SHANGHAI China is bracing for its second typhoon in a week after government raised their alert to "orange" for Typhoon Malakas on Saturday, just as southeastern provinces continue to clean up after an earlier, stronger storm, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Environment, China, Sep 17 2016

Italian police warn of fraudsters cashing in on quake solidarity

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Italian police have warned the public of fraudsters attempting to cash in on an outpouring of sympathy over a deadly earthquake after the discovery of a bogus charity claiming to raise funds for victims of last month's disaster.

World, Italy, Sep 15 2016

Typhoon cuts power, lashes China with wind and rain before weakening

BEIJING Typhoon Meranti slammed into southeastern China on Thursday with strong winds and lashing rain that cut power to 1.65 million homes, but there were no reports of more casualties in what has been described as the strongest storm of the year globally. | Video

Environment, China, World Sep 15 2016

Schools shut, flights canceled as Super Typhoon Meranti hits Taiwan

TAIPEI More than half a million homes lost power across Taiwan on Wednesday and five people were injured as Super Typhoon Meranti, which is believed to be the world's strongest storm this year, hit the island. | Video

Environment, Sep 14 2016

Tanzania dispatches aid and doctors to quake-hit northwest

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Tanzanian government and aid agencies have dispatched medical workers, food and shelter materials to the northwest region where an earthquake at the weekend killed 16.

Environment, Sep 13 2016

South Korea's biggest earthquake triggers nuclear safety concerns

SEOUL Two earthquakes that jolted South Korea on Monday night, including the largest ever recorded in the country, prompted concerns about the safety of nuclear plants clustered in the quake-prone southeast.

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.