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  • Carlos regains hurricane force off Mexico coast
    Carlos regains hurricane force off Mexico coast Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Carlos regained hurricane force off Mexico's Pacific coast Monday after unleashing rain and winds that partly shut down power in Acapulco and wiped out a turtle sanctuary. More »

  • Carlos becomes hurricane off Mexico Pacific coast
    Carlos becomes hurricane off Mexico Pacific coast Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Carlos gathered hurricane strength off the Mexican Pacific coast Saturday, as it threatened to lash the region with heavy rain. More »

  • Ireland Women rally after 2 losses, thrashing Ukraine to earn place in quar …
    Ireland Women rally after 2 losses, thrashing Ukraine to earn place in quar … Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Ireland weren’t dispirited by losses to Spain and France, bouncing back with a six-try win over Ukraine. More »

  • As it happened: Emerging Ireland v Italy, Tbilisi Cup
    As it happened: Emerging Ireland v Italy, Tbilisi Cup Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    The squad is in Georgia, but we were at home with minute-by-minute coverage of their exploits in the first of three games. More »

  • Tropical Storm Blanca strikes Mexico's Pacific coast
    Tropical Storm Blanca strikes Mexico's Pacific coast Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Tropical Storm Blanca struck Mexico's tourist-friendly Baja California peninsula on Monday, dumping heavy rain on the Pacific region that could trigger flash floods, forecasters said. More »

  • Hurricane Blanca weakens to tropical storm near Mexico
    Hurricane Blanca weakens to tropical storm near Mexico Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Hurricane Blanca weakened to tropical storm force on Sunday as it approached Mexico's Baja California peninsula. More »

  • Hurricane Blanca churns toward Mexico
    Hurricane Blanca churns toward Mexico Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Hurricane Blanca barreled toward Mexico and its Los Cabos tourist area on the Pacific Saturday as a weakening but still powerful Category Three storm, packing heavy rain and strong winds. More »

  • Blanca grows into major hurricane off Mexican coast
    Blanca grows into major hurricane off Mexican coast Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Blanca mushroomed into a major hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday but could weaken before making landfall in the tourist-friendly Baja California peninsula, forecasters said. More »

  • Hurricane Blanca forms, heads toward Mexico resorts
    Hurricane Blanca forms, heads toward Mexico resorts Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Hurricane Blanca formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday and was on track to strike the Los Cabos resorts during weekend elections, a year after major storm damage, forecasters said. More »

  • Hurricane Andres tracks far off Mexico's Pacific coast: forecasters
    Hurricane Andres tracks far off Mexico's Pacific coast: forecasters Sun, May 31, 2015

    Andres, the first hurricane of the season in the Pacific, tracked far from Mexico's west coast Sunday, packing 169 kilometer (105 mile) an hour winds but posing little threat to land, forecasters said. More »

  • Hurricane Andres strengthens off Mexican coast
    Hurricane Andres strengthens off Mexican coast Sat, May 30, 2015

    Andres, the first storm of the Pacific season, strengthened Saturday to a Category Two hurricane as it churned hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Mexico, the National Weather Service said. More »

  • Climate change compounding natural disasters - Obama
    Climate change compounding natural disasters - Obama Thu, May 28, 2015

    US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that climate change was making natural disasters worse, as he toured the National Hurricane Center ahead of the annual storm season. More »

  • First Pacific hurricane forecast for Friday
    First Pacific hurricane forecast for Friday Thu, May 28, 2015

    Friday is expected to see the first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific storm season, US meteorologists warned, heralding the start of a turbulent six-month period. More »

  • Less active North Atlantic hurricane season forecast: US
    Less active North Atlantic hurricane season forecast: US Wed, May 27, 2015

    This year's North Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be less active than usual, largely because of the El Nino weather pattern, the US government said Wednesday. More »

  • Seattle Eco-Activists Confront Shell Oil Rig
    Seattle Eco-Activists Confront Shell Oil Rig Fri, May 15, 2015

    Environment campaigners in Seattle have confronted a giant oil rig about to search for fossil fuel energy in the Arctic Ocean. Two dozen activists in kayaks paddled out to meet Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer in Elliot Bay as it loaded crew and supplies for a trip to the Chukchi Sea some 200km north west of Alaska. Activist Paul Adler, 52, joined the group as they unfurled a banner stating: Seattle Loves The Arctic, and Arctic Drilling = Climate Chaos. "These proposals have woken a sleeping giant in the Northwest," said Eric de Place, policy director for Sightline Institute, a liberal Seattle think-tank. More »

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  • Veterans Join Queen For VE Day Ceremony
    Veterans Join Queen For VE Day Ceremony Sun, May 10, 2015

    The Queen has joined some 1,000 war veterans and their families to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, her Majesty laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the price paid by Britain to achieve victory in the Second World War. Also in attendance were David Cameron and his wife Samantha, politicians, dignitaries and members of Britain's Armed Forces. More »

  • Royals join veterans to mark VE Day
    Royals join veterans to mark VE Day Sun, May 10, 2015

    The Royal Family has joined around 1,000 military veterans at Westminster Abbey for a special service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana heads toward US southeast
    Tropical Storm Ana heads toward US southeast Sun, May 10, 2015

    Tropical storm Ana barreled toward the US southeastern coast Saturday, threatening flooding, high winds and life-threatening tides in the region, forecasters warned. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana threatens Carolinas with rough surf, rain
    Tropical Storm Ana threatens Carolinas with rough surf, rain Sat, May 9, 2015

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Winds from Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, picked up onshore in the Carolinas on Saturday and beachgoers were warned of expected dangerous rip currents and heavy rain. Ana was moving slightly faster toward the U.S. Southeast coast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) after it transitioned overnight into a tropical storm, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. The storm was positioned Saturday morning about 65 miles (105 km) south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , the weather agency said. The storm had slowed slightly, moving at about 3 mph(5 km/h), and the centre of the storm was forecast to be "very near" the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina by Sunday morning, according to the hurricane centre. More »

  • Star-Studded Concert Marks VE Day Anniversary
    Star-Studded Concert Marks VE Day Anniversary Sat, May 9, 2015

    A star-studded concert has taken place in London to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo and couples from Strictly Come Dancing were among those performing 1940s-inspired songs at London's Horse Guard Parade. Thousands of members of the public turned out for The Party To Remember concert, as well as a host of Second World War veterans. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana Bears Down On Carolinas
    Tropical Storm Ana Bears Down On Carolinas Sat, May 9, 2015

    The first US tropical storm of the year is bearing down on the coast of the Carolinas, weeks before hurricane season even begins. The storm is forecast to reach North and South Carolina late Saturday local time and early Sunday, Mother's Day in the US. Despite packing winds of up to 60mph (96km), Ana is not expected to reach hurricane strength. However it will drench parts of those states with up to five inches (13cm) of rain until Monday, said the National Hurricane Centre. More »

  • Tornado-Hit Towns Braced For Round Two
    Tornado-Hit Towns Braced For Round Two Sat, May 9, 2015

    The greatest risk is from western Kansas into western Oklahoma, where tornadoes and "golf-ball sized" hail are anticipated. It comes as the Red Cross opened an evacuation centre in the Oklahoma city of Shawnee because of fears a dam is close to cresting. Weather Channel forecaster Michael Palmer said: "All the ingredients are coming together for a major severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak Saturday for the central and southern Plains. There are reports that more than 10,000 homes are without power in and around Oklahoma City. More »

  • Church bells ring to mark VE Day
    Church bells ring to mark VE Day Sat, May 9, 2015

    Church bells rang out around Britain today as events to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day continue. More »

  • Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day
    Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Queen has lit the first of hundreds of beacons on display around Britain to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. More »

  • Brent posts weekly loss after month of gains; U.S. crude up
    Brent posts weekly loss after month of gains; U.S. crude up Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Barani Krishnan and Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent oil posted its first weekly loss in a month on Friday as the market fretted again about global oversupply while U.S. crude rose for an eighth straight week, helped by jobs growth data and the first storm of the hurricane season forming. Crude prices had rallied with little pause over the past month, helped by a weaker dollar and bets that better demand in the near term will ease the supply glut. More »

  • Party leaders commemorate VE Day after seismic UK vote
    Party leaders commemorate VE Day after seismic UK vote Fri, May 8, 2015

    Britain's top politicians took part in commemorations on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on Friday, just hours after a dramatic election that left the opposition in disarray. More »

  • Forecasters warn of tropical storm as Ana nears US southeast
    Forecasters warn of tropical storm as Ana nears US southeast Fri, May 8, 2015

    It's not even hurricane season yet but forecasters on Friday issued the year's first tropical storm warning for Ana, which threatens to rain on Mother's Day in the southeastern United States. More »

  • Pitt And Jolie's New Orleans Home Up For Sale
    Pitt And Jolie's New Orleans Home Up For Sale Thu, May 7, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm. More »

  • Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 3,000 people saved in 60 days using drone …
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 3,000 people saved in 60 days using drone … Wed, May 6, 2015

    An NGO based in Malta is using drones to patrol the Mediterranean Sea for overcrowded boats of migrants fleeing the African continent to Europe, and has so far managed to save over 3,000 people in 60 days using the technology. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is the brainchild of American millionaire Christopher Catrambone, a New Orleans native who moved his family to Malta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Malta is near to one of the major smuggling routes and after hearing about the plight of migrants, Catrambone and his wife decided to invest $7.5m (£5m) – almost 50% of their savings – into setting up the world's first private maritime search and rescue operation. "The Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system comes complete with air vehicles and an Embarked Control Station. More »

  • World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts
    World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts Wed, May 6, 2015

    The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. More »

  • Warren Buffett denies that Berkshire Hathaway 'too big to fail' Sat, May 2, 2015

    By Jonathan Stempel OMAHA, Neb. (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday rejected the idea that Berkshire Hathaway Inc , a sprawling conglomerate he has built over 50 years, has grown so big that it is now too big to fail and requires tighter regulatory oversight. "There is no reason, in logic or in terms of what we've heard, to think that Berkshire would be designated as a SIFI," Buffett said at Berkshire's annual meeting, using the acronym for systemically important financial institution. "I do not think Berkshire comes within miles of qualifying as a SIFI." The SIFI designation forces companies to submit to Federal Reserve oversight, and could make them adopt tighter capital and liquidity requirements that could impede growth and profitability. Buffett and his second-in-command, Charlie Munger, were fielding questions at the annual shareholder meeting. More »

  • Jezki’s day again at Punchestown as Hurricane Fly has to settle for World Hurdle …
    Jezki’s day again at Punchestown as Hurricane Fly has to settle for World Hurdle … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    JP McManus’s star won the three-mile World Hurdle, while Un de Sceaux was a 1/10 winner of the Ryanair Chase. More »

  • Factbox - Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake: Save the Children About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children (http://savethechildren.org) set a goal of raising $50 million for earthquake relief in Nepal. Care.org The organization, in Nepal since 1978, has 150 team members already on the ground and will be adding more as soon as possible, said Brian Feagans, director of communications at Care.org (http://www.care.org). Oxfam Oxfam (http://www.oxfamamerica.org), which has been operating in Nepal since the 1980s, established four open-air sites in the Katmandu Valley to provide sanitation and fresh water for earthquake victims. More »

  • 'Demons on the mountain'; survivors recall avalanche terror Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    By Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - When Khile Sherpa opened his eyes, the snow around him was bright red, drenched with blood streaming from gashes in his body from the avalanche that catapulted him across Mount Everest's base camp at lunchtime on Saturday. Khile was among the first 15 survivors flown from Everest to Kathmandu on Sunday after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal a day earlier killing more than 2,460 people, at least 17 of them in the avalanche it triggered on the world's tallest peak. Like hundreds of other earthquake victims, the 20-year-old was waiting for treatment outside Kathmandu's overcrowded Medical College hospital. Khile was one of nearly 1,000 climbers and sherpa guides on Everest when the first avalanche struck and claimed the biggest toll of any disaster on the mountain. More »