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Greece to give millions in compensation to flood victims

ATHENS Greece said on Monday it would offer emergency compensation worth millions of euros to hundreds of households affected by flash flooding west of Athens that killed at least 20 people on Nov. 15.

Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake 1:02am GMT

SYDNEY A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.


Iran factions use earthquake relief effort to pursue power struggle 16 Nov 2017

ANKARA Political infighting among Iran's ruling elite has moved on to a new battleground - the relief effort after an earthquake that killed at least 530 people and injured thousands.


South Korea postpones university exam after rare earthquake 15 Nov 2017

SEOUL South Korea postponed its annual university entrance exam by a week on Wednesday after a rare earthquake rattled the country, shaking buildings and causing damage but no deaths.


Collapsed state housing in Iranian quake shows corruption - Rouhani 15 Nov 2017

BEIRUT The ease with which some state-built homes collapsed in Sunday's earthquake in western Iran showed corrupt practices when they were constructed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday in a sentiment shared by many ordinary Iranians.

Major quake kills at least 61 in Iran western province - TV 12 Nov 2017

ANKARA At least 61 people were killed and 300 were injured in border areas of Iran when an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck neighbouring Iraq on Sunday, Iranian state television reported.


Typhoon Damrey kills 106 in Vietnam, reservoirs brimming before APEC summit 09 Nov 2017

DANANG, Vietnam Vietnam's deadliest storm this year, Typhoon Damrey, has killed 106 people, while dozens of dangerously full reservoirs release water as the southeast Asian nation prepares to host a regional summit.


Vietnam releases water from brimming reservoirs as APEC summit nears 07 Nov 2017

DANANG, Vietnam Vietnam released water from seven dangerously full reservoirs on Tuesday to avoid further flooding, after a weekend typhoon killed nearly 90 people.

Nations better shielded from disasters, Pacific most at risk - study 07 Nov 2017

BONN, Germany Many nations have become less vulnerable to natural disasters ranging from cyclones to earthquakes because of improved preparedness, but Pacific island states remain most at risk, a study showed on Tuesday.


Death toll from Vietnam storm nears 50 06 Nov 2017

DANANG, Vietnam The death toll from the typhoon that struck Vietnam at the weekend has risen to at least 49, the government said on Monday. | 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.