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Lighter winds early this week may help battle against California wildfire


Lighter winds expected in California early this week should help firefighters in their battle against one of the largest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history, the National Weather Service has said.

As California fires blaze, homeowners fear losing insurance 12:07pm GMT

California homeowners and regulators have a new fear about wildfires ravaging the state: that insurers will drop coverage.

Malawi declares 20 districts disaster areas after armyworm outbreak 10:58am GMT

LILONGWE Malawi, already struggling with flooding from heavy rains, has declared 20 districts disaster areas after infestations of crop munching fall army worm threatened food security.

Landslide kills at least eight Indonesian miners on slope of volcano 10:49am GMT

JAKARTA A landslide on the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano on Java island on Monday killed at least eight people mining sand and stones and injured eight, the country's disaster mitigation agency said.

Philippines says Maoist rebels attacked soldiers on typhoon relief duty 6:45am GMT

MANILA Maoist rebels attacked soldiers delivering relief aid to parts of the central Philippines where a typhoon killed at least 32 people, army and disaster officials said on Monday.

Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province - local officials 17 Dec 2017

MANILA At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday.

Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, kills three 16 Dec 2017

JAKARTA A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

U.S. still sees prospects for German fighter jet sales 14 Dec 2017

BERLIN The U.S. military said it still sees prospects for selling American fighter jets to Germany despite a Defence Ministry statement this week that it was primarily looking at the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its fleet of 85 Tornado jets.


Special Report - Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs 12 Dec 2017

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.

Germany favours Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado 11 Dec 2017

BERLIN The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025.

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.