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Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

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LOS ANGELES A break in the brutal heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Quake damage to Indonesia's Lombok exceeds $342 million as deaths top 400

JAKARTA Indonesia's holiday island of Lombok suffered damage running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last week's huge earthquake, authorities said on Monday, as the death toll climbed to more than 430.

World, Environment, Indonesia, Aug 13 2018

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported.

U.S., Environment, Aug 12 2018

More than 100 large wildfires in U.S. as new blazes erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday.

U.S., Environment, Aug 11 2018

Colombia to ask U.N. for special envoy to manage Venezuelan migrant crisis

BOGOTA Colombia will ask the United Nations to designate a special envoy to coordinate humanitarian aid for the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants flooding into countries around the region, the foreign minister said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Aug 10 2018

Death toll from Indonesia quake climbs over 320

PEMANANG, Indonesia The death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up pace.

World, Environment, Indonesia, Aug 10 2018

Mechanic becomes latest person killed in California fires

LOS ANGELES A mechanic helping to fight one of several major wildfires in California was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight, officials said. | Video

U.S., Environment, Aug 09 2018

Heat wave pushes environment up the political agenda in Sweden: poll

STOCKHOLM This summer's heatwave and wildfires across Sweden have raised the environment to the second most important issue for voters ahead of a general election in September, a poll by Demoskop showed on Thursday.

Environment, Aug 09 2018

Hunt on for survivors as Indonesia's quake toll climbs to 131

KARANGPANGSOR, Indonesia The death toll from last weekend's powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Lombok island rose to 131 on Wednesday as rescuers found more people crushed under collapsed buildings, though some still held out hope of finding survivors.

Environment, World, Indonesia, Aug 08 2018

Typhoon bears down on Tokyo and northeast Japan coast, flights disrupted

TOKYO A powerful typhoon was approaching Tokyo on Wednesday evening, threatening Pacific coastal regions to the northeast of the capital with heavy rains and high winds, leading to flight cancellations and evacuation advisories in some areas.

World, Environment, Aug 08 2018

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.