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  • Rival theories on Malaysia flight's disappearance
    Rival theories on Malaysia flight's disappearance Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has generated dozens of theories on where it is now, from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, and how it vanished. Here's a rundown of what we know and what we don't, along with clues and theories about what happened to the Boeing 777 jetliner: More »

  • Missing Malaysia Plane: 'We Won't Give Up Hope'
    Missing Malaysia Plane: 'We Won't Give Up Hope' Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The brother of one of the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight has said he will "not give up hope", despite a warning from officials to expect the worst. Tom Wood's brother Philip was among three Americans on board flight MH370 when it disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Also on board the Boeing 777-200 was Paul Weeks, a New Zealander who survived the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in 2011. Many of the 239 passengers on the plane were from China, where a group of families have signed a statement, demanding Malaysia Airlines "publicise the truth" about what happened to the plane. More »

  • Thai consumer confidence slides to 12-year low on prolonged unrest Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    By Orathai Sriring and Boontiwa Wichakul BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's consumer confidence tumbled to a 12-year low in February, a survey showed on Thursday, highlighting the toll that prolonged political unrest is taking on Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. The economy has been nicknamed "Teflon Thailand" for its past resilience to turbulence, but consumer sentiment was weaker last month than it had been even after the devastating floods of late 2011, violent political unrest in 2010 and a deadly tsunami in late 2004. After months of protests aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thais have become reluctant to spend and tourists are staying away, weighing on sales at automakers, property firms and hotels. More »

  • Magnitude-6.1 earthquake hits Indonesia Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has been recorded in Indonesia. More »

  • Syria’s Israeli Guardian Angel
    Syria’s Israeli Guardian Angel Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    Meet the woman heading a stealth team of aid workers who sneak across Israel’s borders to help ease the terrible suffering of Syria’s refugees. More »

  • Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans of Water
    Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans of Water Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    At subduction zones, where one plate bends deep beneath another, the sinking plate acts like a conveyor belt, carrying more than an ocean's worth of water into the mantle — the layer beneath Earth's outer crust — over billions of years, researchers report in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Geology. Though the lifetime of a single subduction zone is much shorter than a billion years, the cumulative effect of all of Earth's subduction zones trundling water downward into the mantle means more water could be stored in the planet's deep layers than previously thought, the study researchers said in a statement. "This supports the theory that there are large amounts of water stored deep in the Earth," Tom Garth, lead study author and an earthquake seismologist at the University of Liverpool in the U.K., said in the statement. Knowing how much water gets into the mantle is important for modeling how plate tectonics works and how magma (molten rock) rises from the mantle to Earth's surface, the researchers said in a statement. More »

  • Supervolcano Eruption Large Enough 'To Destroy Civilization' More Likely …
    Supervolcano Eruption Large Enough 'To Destroy Civilization' More Likely … Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    Researchers say the eruption of a "supervolcano" – which has the potential to destroy civilisation as we know it – is more likely to occur than previously thought. Scientists said that a supervolcano – which is 100 times more powerful than regular volcanoes – can erupt without any external triggers such as an earthquake. According to the seismology research team at ETH Zurich, the sheer volume of molten lava held in the volcano's magma chamber means that magma could break through the Earth's crust spontaneously, if pressure builds up. The eruption of a supervolcano is considered the biggest natural catastrophe threat on Earth, after the impact of a giant meteorite. More »

  • Mt Sinabung Volcano in Sumatra Erupts Forcing Thousands to Flee
    Mt Sinabung Volcano in Sumatra Erupts Forcing Thousands to Flee Tue, Dec 31, 2013

    More than 19,000 people have fled their homes in western Indonesia's Sumatra following a series of volcanic eruptions in Mt Sinabung. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman, said that an area of 5 km (3 miles) around the volcano has been sealed and declared a danger zone, and people are being evacuated from villages in the zone to temporary shelters. The alert status for Mt Sinabung was raised to the highest level in November when it erupted multiple times, forcing about 18,000 people to flee the area. "Mount Sinabung remains on the highest alert level and we have warned there should be no human activity within a five-kilometre radius of the crater," said Nugroho. More »

  • 'Stunning' tsunami record discovered in Indonesia cave
    'Stunning' tsunami record discovered in Indonesia cave Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Scientists said Friday they have discovered a cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that provides a "stunning" record of Indian Ocean tsunamis over thousands of years. More »

  • Preparing for disaster in Southeast Asia
    Preparing for disaster in Southeast Asia Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    As relief efforts continue after Typhoon Haiyan crushed the Philippines, officials get ready for the next calamity. More »

  • Quake of 6.2 magnitude strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra - USGS Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The epicentre was in the Indian Ocean, 162 miles west of the town of Sibolga, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was no immediate tsunami warning. (Reporting by Robert Birsel) More »

  • Earthquake hits near Indonesia islands
    Earthquake hits near Indonesia islands Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    An earthquake of at least 6.3 in magnitude hit eastern Indonesia's Tanimbar islands, but no tsunami alerts were issued. More »

  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes off Indonesia island Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off Indonesia's Tanimbar islands, a monitoring service of the U.S. Geological Survey showed around 0130 GMT on Sunday. (Editing by Clarence Fernandez) More »

  • Philippines' typhoon rebuilding may cost more, last longer than Aceh
    Philippines' typhoon rebuilding may cost more, last longer than Aceh Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' post-typhoon reconstruction could take as long as 10 years, with the leadership of President Benigno Aquino put to a test amid complex problems such as property rights, missing title deeds and land zoning, experts said on Wednesday. The task will likely take longer and cost more than the rebuilding of Indonesia's Aceh province after the 2004 tsunami, they said. Super typhoon Haiyan wiped out or damaged practically everything in its path as it swept ashore on November 8, with seven-metre storm surges destroying around 90 percent of the city of Tacloban in Leyte province alone. Haiyan killed at least 5,500 people, left more than 1,700 missing, displaced as many as four million and destroyed around $563 million (345 million pounds) worth of crops and infrastructure. More »

  • Philippines typhoon death toll feared to hit 7,000
    Philippines typhoon death toll feared to hit 7,000 Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    The number of people dead or missing after one of the world's strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed towards 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors. More »

  • Dramatic U.S. humanitarian effort in Philippines aids Asia 'pivot'
    Dramatic U.S. humanitarian effort in Philippines aids Asia 'pivot' Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    By Manuel Mogato and Aubrey Belford MANILA/TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - The U.S. military's response to the devastation wrought by one of the world's most powerful typhoons has been breathtaking. About 50 U.S. ships and aircraft have been mobilized in the disaster zone, including 10 C-130 transport planes, 12 V-22 Ospreys and 14 Seahawk helicopters air-dropping supplies from an aircraft carrier. The accelerating relief efforts underscore a fast-expanding U.S.-Philippine military alliance that could grow even stronger in the wake of the catastrophe as the United States pursues its "pivot" towards Asia. As U.S. ships deliver food, water and medicine, they are also delivering goodwill that could ease the way for the United States to strengthen its often-controversial military presence in one of Southeast Asia's most strategic countries. More »

  • U.S. carrier starts Philippine storm relief; death toll jumps
    U.S. carrier starts Philippine storm relief; death toll jumps Thu, Nov 14, 2013

    By Stuart Grudgings TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier started unloading food and water in the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, while the United Nations, citing government figures, put the latest death toll at 4,460 - almost double the last official number given. President Benigno Aquino has faced mounting pressure to speed up the distribution of supplies and stoked debate over the extent of casualties from Typhoon Haiyan. Earlier this week, he said estimates of 10,000 dead by local officials were overstated and caused by "emotional trauma". ... More »

  • Japan readies 1,000 troops, naval ships for Philippines relief Thu, Nov 14, 2013

    By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is preparing to send up to 1,000 troops as well as naval vessels and aircraft to the Philippines to help with disaster relief following Typhoon Haiyan, in what could be Tokyo's biggest postwar military deployment. The significantly expanded mission comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to ease limits on the military imposed by Japan's postwar, pacifist constitution, and cope with the challenges of China's growing influence in Asia. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Japan would send a maximum 1,000 soldiers from the Self-Defence Forces to the Philippines, where desperate typhoon survivors have struggled to get food, water and medicine nearly a week after the disaster. The mission could be bigger than Japan's relief efforts after the 2004 tsunami devastated Indonesia's Aceh province. More »

  • Chemical watchdog to deploy second team to Syria
    Chemical watchdog to deploy second team to Syria Tue, Oct 8, 2013

    The world's chemical watchdog said Tuesday it will send a second team of inspectors to help dismantle Syria's arsenal, as regime warplanes bombed rebels in the northwest of the country. More »

  • Syria bombs rebels as Moscow lauds 'cooperative' Damascus
    Syria bombs rebels as Moscow lauds 'cooperative' Damascus Tue, Oct 8, 2013

    Syrian regime war planes on Tuesday bombed rebels spearheading an assault against two military bases, as Russia praised Damascus for "very actively" cooperating with chemical weapons inspectors. More »

  • US credits Assad over Syria chemical arms destruction
    US credits Assad over Syria chemical arms destruction Mon, Oct 7, 2013

    President Bashar al-Assad can take "credit" for moving quickly to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, the United States said Monday, as disarmament experts declared Damascus was being "cooperative." More »

  • China's factories struggle for growth in lacklustre Asia Tue, Oct 1, 2013

    By Koh Gui Qing and Rieka Rahadiana BEIJING/JAKARTA (Reuters) - China's manufacturing activity expanded only slightly last month, raising concerns a nascent economic recovery may be foundering at a time ... More »

  • Syria: Crisis Appeal Struggling To Raise Funds
    Syria: Crisis Appeal Struggling To Raise Funds Wed, Sep 11, 2013

    A campaign by the Disasters Emergency Committee to help the people of Syria has raised millions of pounds less than previous appeals to help victims of natural disasters. More »

  • 6.5-magnitude quake off eastern Indonesia: USGS
    6.5-magnitude quake off eastern Indonesia: USGS Sun, Sep 1, 2013

    A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, sending people running from their homes in panic but causing no damage or casualties. More »

  • Nostalgic return to Japan for Arsenal boss
    Nostalgic return to Japan for Arsenal boss Mon, Jul 22, 2013

    Arsenal's Japanese leg of their pre-season Asian tour is a trip down memory lane for Arsene Wenger, as he faces former club Nagoya Grampus -- coached by one of his ex-players. More »

  • New study ignites debate over Indonesia's mud volcano
    New study ignites debate over Indonesia's mud volcano Sun, Jul 21, 2013

    Scientists on Sunday sparked a fresh debate over what triggered Indonesia's Lusi mud volcano, still spewing truckloads of slime more than seven years after it leapt catastrophically into life. More »

  • Quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra days after deadly tremor
    Quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra days after deadly tremor Sat, Jul 6, 2013

    A strong 6.0-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra on Saturday, US seismologists said, just days after a tremor on the vast island killed dozens and left thousands homeless. More »

  • Scramble to reach Indonesia quake survivors as toll hits 24
    Scramble to reach Indonesia quake survivors as toll hits 24 Wed, Jul 3, 2013

    Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads Wednesday to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province that killed at least 24 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed. More »

  • Indonesia: Earthquake Kills 22 And Hurts 200
    Indonesia: Earthquake Kills 22 And Hurts 200 Wed, Jul 3, 2013

    An earthquake has killed at least 22 people and injured more than 200 in Indonesia. More »

  • Singapore's clean image sullied by Indonesian smog
    Singapore's clean image sullied by Indonesian smog Sun, Jun 30, 2013

    Singapore is shrouded in haze on June 20, 2013. The city-state's clean and green reputation has taken a hit from Indonesian forest fires and its standing as a corporate and expatriate haven could be hurt ... More »

  • Asia leads as world's clean energy investment sags
    Asia leads as world's clean energy investment sags Wed, Apr 17, 2013

    China and Japan stepped up spending last year in renewable energy but overall global investment declined due to economic and policy uncertainties in the West, a study said Wednesday. More »

  • Five Dead After Quakes Spark Tsunami Alerts
    Five Dead After Quakes Spark Tsunami Alerts Thu, Apr 12, 2012

    Five people died and at least seven others were injured after two earthquakes struck off the coast of Indonesia and triggered tsunami alerts across the Indian Ocean. More »

  • Panic Turns To Relief As Tsunami Fears Fade Thu, Apr 12, 2012

    Fears have receded that a powerful earthquake and aftershock off the coast of Indonesia could cause a tsunami, to the relief of its citizens and those of neighbouring countries. More »

  • Thousands Flee From Spice Isle Eruption
    Thousands Flee From Spice Isle Eruption Thu, Dec 8, 2011

    A volcano eruption in eastern Indonesia has forced thousands of residents to flee the area to avoid choking smoke. More »

  • Sony halts 93,000 online accounts in new breach
    Sony halts 93,000 online accounts in new breach Wed, Oct 12, 2011

    Sony said on Wednesday it suspended 93,000 accounts on its online entertainment networks after detecting a wave of unauthorised sign-in attempts, months after a huge breach forced it to halt some services. More »