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Lone woman digs for family lost under Guatemalan volcanic rubble

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SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala Eleven days after the Fuego volcano rained down on the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes, a backhoe ripped the roof off one of the homes buried by ash, revealing a corpse in the still-hot dust. | Video

Japan volcano featured in 'James Bond' movie erupts, ejecting smoke and rocks

TOKYO A Japanese volcano that figured in a 1960s James Bond movie erupted explosively on Friday for the first time since April, sending smoke thousands of meters into the air, less than a week after a strong earthquake shook the country's west.

World, Environment, Japan, Jun 22 2018

Flash floods punish Texas border towns, Gulf coast area

Heavy downpours lashed Texas' Gulf Coast and unleashed flash floods on Wednesday, submerging vehicles, swamping homes and forcing numerous water rescues in towns still recovering from last year's Hurricane Harvey.

U.S., Environment Jun 20 2018

Germany presses U.S. on potential Eurofighter nuclear role

BERLIN Germany is pressing Washington to clarify whether it would let the Eurofighter Typhoon carry nuclear bombs as part of shared Western defenses, an issue that could help decide whether Berlin orders more of the jets, sources familiar with the matter said.

World, Germany, Jun 20 2018

Syrian rebel warns of 'volcanoes of fire' if Assad attacks south

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face "volcanoes of fire" if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

World, Syria, Jun 19 2018

Rescuers hunt for victims of ferry disaster on Indonesian supervolcano lake

TIGARAS PORT, Indonesia The search for victims of a ferry that sank in the lake of an ancient supervolcano crater in Indonesia will resume on Wednesday with divers and an underwater drone to scour the depths for at least 128 missing passengers. | Video

World, Jun 19 2018

Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan's Osaka area kills four, halts factories

TOKYO A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Osaka, Japan's second-biggest metropolis, killed four people, injured hundreds more and halted factory lines in an industrial area, government and company officials said on Tuesday.

World, Environment, Japan, Jun 18 2018

Japan World Cup team send condolences to those affected by Osaka quake

SARANSK, Russia Japan's soccer team, on the eve of their opening World Cup match in Russia, sent their condolences to those affected by Monday's earthquake in Osaka, and coach Akira Nishino said some players were worried about family in the area.

World, Russia, Japan, Environment Jun 18 2018

Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth

DENVER Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region.

Environment, U.S., Jun 16 2018

Rains expected to help teams battling U.S. Southwest wildfires

DENVER Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will likely get a reprieve thanks to heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains this weekend after facing yet another day of windy and dry weather on Friday.

U.S., Environment, Jun 15 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.