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Hawaii tour boats return to volcano zone after 'lava bomb'


HONOLULU Tour boats offering a close-up look at lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano into the Pacific Ocean returned to the waters off the Big Island on Tuesday under new safety rules, a day after 23 passengers were injured by ash and molten rock. | Video


Eurofighter buy would help Belgium secure role in future fighter - BAE 17 Jul 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England Belgium is being offered a possible role in future European combat jet developments if it picks the Eurofighter Typhoon over the U.S.-built F-35, in a fierce contest to rearm the country's air force, a senior official with Britain's BAE Systems said.


Scientists peer into heart of hurricanes to improve intensity forecast 15 Jul 2018

AUSTIN, Texas Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity. | Video


Flights cancelled as Taiwan battens down for powerful typhoon 10 Jul 2018

TAIPEI Taiwan braced for Typhoon Maria on Tuesday, prompting school closures and the cancellations of hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides and floods on the island.


Firefighters gain on California wildfires as weather cooperates 10 Jul 2018

Firefighters are gaining momentum as they battle several wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in California.


Some heat relief forecast as California fires rage 09 Jul 2018

LOS ANGELES California firefighters battling several wildfires that have destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate will get some relief as temperatures cool from scorching levels later this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. | Video


England erupts with joy as team reaches World Cup semi-final 07 Jul 2018

LONDON It might not have triggered the earthquake sensors, but the roar of joy that greeted England's World Cup victory over Sweden on Saturday was heard throughout the land. | Video


Man arrested for starting Colorado wildfire 01 Jul 2018

TAOS, New Mexico A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest.


Bali airport reopens as volcano rumbles 29 Jun 2018

DENPASAR, Indonesia The airport on Indonesia's holiday island of Bali reopened on Friday after ash from a volcano forced a brief closure and the cancellation of more than 300 flights. | Video


U.S. forces, British divers join search for boys missing in Thai cave 28 Jun 2018

CHIANG RAI U.S. forces and British divers have arrived in Thailand to help in the search for 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach believed trapped by floodwaters in a cave, as rescuers prepared to drill a shaft into the cave on the fifth day of the search. | 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.