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Germany resists pressure to ease Saudi arms export halt

BERLIN Germany is sticking to its weapons exports freeze to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Wednesday, resisting pressure to soften its stance after criticism from Britain and defence firms, including Airbus, who argue it is hurting commerce.

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'Phantom volcanoes' may hide more oil and gas in the North Sea: study 19 Feb 2019

OSLO An unexplored 7,000 square kilometre (2,700 square mile) swathe of the British North Sea, previously thought to contain empty chambers left by three extinct volcanoes, may hide oil and gas instead, the University of Aberdeen said on Tuesday.

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At least six dead in Brazil after powerful storm lashes Rio de Janeiro 07 Feb 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city, awoke to scenes of chaos on Thursday after thrashing wind and rain whipped through neighborhoods, felling trees, flooding streets and sweeping away buses in a storm that killed at least six people.

Four drown in Montenegro as bad weather hits Western Balkans 03 Feb 2019

SARAJEVO Four people drowned when a tourist boat capsized in strong winds on the Montenegrin side of Lake Skadar on Sunday, while heavy rain and melting snow caused flooding across neighbouring Bosnia, damaging houses and blocking roads.

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Part of eastern Australia hit by once-in-a-century floods, braces for more rain 02 Feb 2019

MELBOURNE Once-in-a-century flooding in part of the eastern Australian state of Queensland looks set to worsen as the nation's weather bureau on Saturday warned of more heavy rain in the area. | Video

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Germany drops F-35 from fighter tender; Boeing F/A-18 and Eurofighter to battle on 31 Jan 2019

BERLIN Germany will pick either the Eurofighter or Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jet to replace its Tornado warplanes, knocking Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter out of a tender worth billions of euros, Defence Ministry sources said on Thursday.

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German military requires urgent action - parliamentary report 29 Jan 2019

BERLIN Less than half Germany's Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets and none of its six submarines were ready for combat in 2018, a report said on Tuesday, expressing frustration about gaps in urgently needed equipment and personnel.

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Cuba's strongest tornado in nearly 80 years kills at least four 29 Jan 2019

HAVANA A rare tornado ripped through Havana late on Sunday, leaving at least four dead and nearly two hundred injured as it tore off roofs, flipped vehicles and reduced some of the buildings in its path to rubble.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, kills two - USGS 20 Jan 2019

LA SERENA, Chile A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with authorities reporting as many as 200,000 without power and two people dead of heart attacks.

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Dutch citizens demand end to quake-hit Groningen gas production 17 Jan 2019

THE HAGUE Angry Dutch citizens on Thursday will ask their country's highest court to put an immediate end to gas production in the Groningen region due to the risk of life-endangering earthquakes.

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.