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House destroyed in gas blast holds clues to Barcelona attack


ALCANAR, Spain It looks like the site of an earthquake - a heap of rubble and tangled wreckage that marks the spot where a two-storey home was destroyed by a massive gas explosion just before midnight on Wednesday.

British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time 18 Aug 2017

CALGARY, Alberta The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.


Greece seeks EU help as wildfires rage 16 Aug 2017

ATHENS Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day on Tuesday as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading. | Video


Monsoon floods kill more than 200 people across South Asia 15 Aug 2017

KATHMANDU/DHAKA Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 200 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue workers rushed to help those stranded by floodwaters.


Storms disrupt flights across China, authorities warn of flash floods 12 Aug 2017

BEIJING Storms swept across Beijing and southeastern China on Saturday, disrupting thousands of flights and flooding towns, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

Climate change disrupts timing of river floods in Europe - study 11 Aug 2017

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Toll low from China quake but villagers fear high cost to tourism 11 Aug 2017

JIUZHAIGOU, China Businesses near the epicentre of an earthquake that struck an ethnically Tibetan mountainous region in southwest China fear the disaster will cripple tourism, their main source of income.


Quake in China's Sichuan kills 19, including tourists; injures 247 10 Aug 2017

JIUZHAIGOU, China A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part of China's southwestern province of Sichuan, killing 19 people, including eight tourists, and injuring 247, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday. | Video

Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hits northwest China's Xinjiang 09 Aug 2017

SHANGHAI An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck a remote and sparsely populated part of China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang on Wednesday morning, the Chinese earthquake administration said.


Seven dead as quake strikes in remote part of China's Sichuan province 08 Aug 2017

BEIJING An earthquake measuring 6.5 in magnitude struck a remote and mountainous part of the southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing seven people and trapping 100 tourists in a popular scenic spot.

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.