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Powerful quake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador, no casualties reported

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GUATEMALA CITY A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighbouring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties.

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Strong quake kills two as church collapses in Guatemala, shakes Mexico 15 Jun 2017

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala A strong earthquake hit southwestern Guatemala near the border with Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least two people and damaging buildings, including a church and a border bridge, officials said.

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"He was on a mattress upstairs, then suddenly on the street" - Greeks count cost of island quake 13 Jun 2017

ATHENS Greeks on the island of Lesbos were counting the cost on Tuesday of a massive earthquake which ripped through its south on Monday, razing an entire village and leaving one person dead.

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Aegean quake shakes buildings in Greece and Turkey, one dead 12 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL/ATHENS A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, killing one woman and rattling buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital Athens. | Video

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U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January 22 May 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorisations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday.

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In Hollande country, France's new political map emerges 05 May 2017

TULLE, France The Socialist party's headquarters in the southwestern town of Tulle bears the physical scars of the political earthquake that has shaken France since its former mayor Francois Hollande was elected president in 2012.

Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen 29 Apr 2017

MANILA A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage.

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Cluster of tremors in central Chile unnerves locals 28 Apr 2017

SANTIAGO A cluster of tremors shook central Chile on Friday afternoon, leaving locals worried that a bigger earthquake may be imminent and prompting some early closures of schools and workplaces.

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Japan reconstruction minister quits after inappropriate comment on disaster zone 26 Apr 2017

TOKYO The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the northeastern region instead of Tokyo.

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Millions of Colombians at risk to climate change - minister 25 Apr 2017

BOGOTA Climate change has put nearly 12 million Colombians at risk from natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage, the environment minister said on Tuesday.

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.