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Syria state TV says wildfires spark explosion in army ammo depot west of Damascus

AMMAN An explosion on Saturday in a Syrian ammunition depot in a military zone west of the capital was caused by wildfires, state television reported.

California utility to cut power to 27,000 customers to reduce wildfire risk

LOS ANGELES Utility PG&E Corp planned to proactively shut off power on Saturday to 27,000 customers in Northern California due to an increased risk of wildfires, officials said.

U.S., Jun 09 2019

Quakes in Albania damage 100 homes, four injured

FLOQ, Albania Six earthquakes in the space of two hours, the first with a magnitude of 5.3, shook south-eastern Albania on Saturday, injuring four people and causing damage to 100 houses, authorities and eyewitnesses said.

Environment, World, Jun 01 2019

One levee breached, others overflowed in rain-soaked Central U.S.

The skies cleared over the storm-battered Central United States on Friday, but flooding fears continued as rain-swollen rivers breached a levee in Arkansas and overflowed other barriers, forecasters said. | Video

U.S., Environment, May 31 2019

Danube currents keep rescuers from wreck after deadly river crash

BUDAPEST Roiling flood waters in the Danube made it impossible for rescuers to reach the wreck of a river boat on Friday, two days after it sank in the Hungarian capital with 28 people feared dead, nearly all of them South Korean tourists. | Video

World, May 31 2019

Factbox: What's behind the spike in deaths on Mount Everest?

KATHMANDU/KOLKATA Nine people have died on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest so far this year, the most during a climbing season on the peak since a deadly earthquake in 2015. This time however, climbers and guides are blaming a host of other factors for the spike in deaths:

Environment, May 31 2019

Central U.S. faces high risk of river flooding even as rains ease

Rain-swollen rivers threatened more flooding on Thursday in Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois and Oklahoma, as Tulsa's mayor warned that the decades-old levee system in his city would be at risk even as waters receded through the weekend. | Video

U.S., Environment, May 30 2019

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana face flood of 'historic magnitude'

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold. | Video

Environment, U.S., May 30 2019

Tornadoes rip through Kansas after one killed, scores hurt by Ohio twisters

BROOKVILLE, Ohio Several tornadoes reportedly touched down on Tuesday evening in Kansas to damage homes, uproot trees and rip down power lines, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. | Video

U.S., Environment May 29 2019

Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least two

EL RENO, Okla. Rescue workers on Sunday searched for survivors in the rubble left by a tornado that devastated parts of a small community near Oklahoma City, killing two people, injuring more than two dozen and leaving hundreds homeless, officials said. | Video

U.S., Environment, May 26 2019

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.