Environment

WHO expects more Ebola cases in Congo, can't reach no-go areas

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it could not be certain that it had identified all people exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, where insecurity prevents aid workers from reaching some areas. More than 500 people have been vaccinated so Read More

Russia reports severe bird flu outbreak: OIE

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PARIS (Reuters) – Russia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the Kostromskaya region in the west of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from Russia’s Agriculture Ministry. The virus killed 506 out of a flock of almost 500,000 Read More

Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. Firefighters stand near their vehicles as smoke rises in the background from a bushfire in New South Wales, Australia, August 16, 2018, in this picture obtained Read More

Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164

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BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) – The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher. Rescue workers evacuate people from flooded areas after the opening of Idamalayr, Cheruthoni Read More

Storm Bebinca weakens as it makes landfall in northern Vietnam

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HANOI (Reuters) – Tropical storm Bebinca weakened as it made landfall in northern Vietnam on Friday, flooding some villages in one province but there were no reports of major damage. Vietnam had put thousands of soldiers on standby, readied evacuation plans and ordered vessels to stay in port on Thursday ahead of the storm. Bebinca Read More

Australia central bank watching effects of severe drought

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is “very carefully” watching the effects of a severe drought that has wasted vast tracts of grazing and crop land in eastern Australia, the country’s main food bowl. Australia recorded its fifth-driest July on record last month. It was the driest January-to-July period in New South Read More

Typhoon makes landfall in Chinese financial hub Shanghai

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Typhoon Rumbia made landfall in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai early on Friday morning, bringing strong winds and rain, state news agency Xinhua said. Shanghai had evacuated 53,000 people in preparation for the typhoon, the state news agency reported. The storm, the 18th typhoon to affect China this year, landed just Read More

Tropical Storm Ernesto forms in Atlantic: NHC

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(Reuters) – Sub-tropical storm Ernesto has strengthened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. The storm is located about 810 miles (1,305 km) west-northwest of the Azores, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km/h), the NHC added. “Although Ernesto is expected to Read More

Central Italy magnitude 5.3 quake causes minor damage

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ROME (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.3 quake struck the central Italian region of Molise on Thursday at a depth of 12 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said, forcing people to flee their homes but causing only minor damage. The mayor of Montecilfone, the city near the epicenter of the quake, said people were scared and Read More

U.S. judge orders review of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline route

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Montana has ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying its construction and dealing another setback to TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO). FILE PHOTO: A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone Read More