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Thousands on California coast ordered to leave ahead of possible mudslides


Authorities on southern California's Pacific coast ordered thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on Tuesday to avoid possible mudslides caused by rain on hills denuded by wildfires of vegetation.


Crocodiles latest danger for Australian flood towns 11 Mar 2018

MELBOURNE Receding floodwaters in the northern Australian state of Queensland have revealed a new danger - crocodiles.


Seven years after tsunami, Japanese live uneasily with seawalls 09 Mar 2018

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan When a massive earthquake struck in 2011, Japanese oyster fisherman Atsushi Fujita was working as usual by the sea. Soon after, a huge black wave slammed into his city and killed nearly 2,000 people. | Video


Papua New Guinea sees long recovery ahead as quake death toll tops 100 08 Mar 2018

MELBOURNE Papua New Guinea faces a long road to recovery after the powerful earthquake that hit the nation's rugged highlands more than 10 days ago, with the death toll now believed to have climbed to more than 100, its leader said.


Shakes and superstition: Exxon faces backlash in Papua New Guinea 07 Mar 2018

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE A deadly earthquake that struck ExxonMobil's $19 billion (13 billion pounds) gas project in the mountains of Papua New Guinea is sparking a backlash against the U.S. energy giant that could prove harder to fix than buried roads and broken pipes.


Japanese 'James Bond' volcano shoots to thrill 06 Mar 2018

TOKYO A Japanese volcano which featured in a 1960s James Bond movie shot smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky on Tuesday, prompting the cancellation of flights to and from a nearby airport, with the eruption likely to continue for some time.


Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike 06 Mar 2018

MELBOURNE/WELLINGTON Aid workers struggled to reach remote areas of Papua New Guinea's rugged highlands on Tuesday as aftershocks rattled the region, more than a week after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed dozens of people.

Magnitude 6.0 aftershock rattles quake-hit PNG highlands as toll rises 05 Mar 2018

SYDNEY Strong aftershocks rocked Papua New Guinea's remote and rugged highlands on Monday, as the death toll climbed to 55 from a 7.5-magnitude earthquake a week ago, and is expected to rise further.

Earthquake knocks out Exxon's Papua New Guinea LNG project for about eight weeks 05 Mar 2018

SYDNEY ExxonMobil Corp said on Monday it would take about eight weeks to restore production at the Papua New Guinea liquified natural gas project (LNG), following a powerful earthquake that hit the country's energy-rich interior a week ago.


U.S. Northeast still facing flooding, outages after killer storm 04 Mar 2018

PRINCETON, N.J. More than 1.5 million customers remained without power throughout the eastern United States early on Sunday, and communities on the New England coast faced more flooding two days after a powerful storm snapped trees, downed wires and killed at least nine people. | Video

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.