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4 years 5 months ago

Guatamala sinkhole 30 stories deep

It looks like something out of a science fiction movie--like a hole was bored straight down into the earth. After Tropical Storm Agatha slammed the Central American country, killing more than 100, a sinkhole the depth of a 30 story building opened up. It swallowed a three story building...

4 years 9 months ago

Japan says 3 whalers injured by activists

Three crew members of a Japanese whaling vessel suffered face and eye injuries from acid fired by anti-whaling protesters during their latest clash in the Antarctic Ocean, their Japanese employers said Friday. The Sea Shepherd protesters said they shot butyric acid, produced from stinking rancid butter, which they often...

4 years 10 months ago

Venezuela announces nationwide energy rationing

Venezuela's government is starting rolling blackouts of four hours every other day throughout the country to combat an energy crisis. The top officials of the state electric utilities in the capital of Caracas and two other western states on Tuesday announced plans for four-hour outages every other day. Electricity Minister...

4 years 10 months ago

China's glowing ice festival

China's famous ice and snow festival is now open. Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures for the opening ceremony. The 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival attracts visitors from China and across the world. Despite below zero temperatures, more than 50,000 people are expected to enjoy huge ice...

5 years 5 days ago

Swine flu strikes the hajj

Saudi health officials announced over the weekend the first swine flu deaths of this year's pilgrimage to Mecca. Officials say four pilgrims succumbed to the disease soon after arriving in Saudi Arabia. The Health Ministry says none of the victims had been vaccinated and all became sick within two to...

5 years 3 weeks ago

Ida reaches hurricane force near Nicaragua

Ida has reached hurricane force as it nears Nicaragua's mainland. The National Weather Service said Thursday morning that a hurricane warning was issued for the east coast of Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto Cabezas. Hurricane force winds are expected during the next several hours. The storm had already uprooted trees,...

5 years 3 weeks ago

Tropical storm flooding kills 23 in Vietnam

Tropical Storm Mirinae unleashed severe flooding in parts of central Vietnam, killing 23 people, leaving two missing and stranding families on rooftops, disaster officials said Tuesday. The death toll in the hardest-hit province of Phu Yen was 15 after the storm drenched the region with heavy rain Monday, said...

5 years 1 month ago

2 Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two Fort Carson soldiers died in separate attacks in Afghanistan. Pfc. Devin J. Michel, 19, of Stockton, Illinois, died Saturday in Zhari province, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th...

5 years 1 month ago

Japan warship collides with commercial vessel

A Japanese navy destroyer has collided with a commercial vessel off southern Japan, starting fires on both ships and injuring three crew members, defense officials said Tuesday. The destroyer JS Kurama collided with the South Korean container ship Carina Star on Tuesday night in the Kanmon Strait near the...

5 years 1 month ago

Death toll from Indonesian quake tops 1,100

Hundreds of people buried by landslides in Indonesia two weeks ago have been registered as dead, raising the death toll from last month's earthquake to 1,115. Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono said Wednesday that the search for 300 missing people has ended and that they have been declared dead....

5 years 1 month ago

Alarming' melt of glaciers in Indian Kashmir

Indian Kashmir's glaciers are melting fast because of rising temperatures, threatening the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region, a new study by Indian scientists says. The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change, and said it endangered the...

5 years 1 month ago

US Navy arrives in Indonesian quake zone

U.S. Navy ships and helicopters have arrived in Indonesia to distribute aid and evacuate the injured following last week's deadly earthquake. Indonesian officials say the death toll from the Sept. 30 quake has reached 784, and 242 people are still missing. Chief Petty Officer Ty Swartz says the USS Denver...

5 years 1 month ago

President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (AP) - President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee says Obama is receiving the honor because of "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." According to the committee "Only very rarely has a person to the...

5 years 2 months ago

Vast, red dust storms choke Australia

A pall of red dust blown in from the Outback clogged the skies over Sydney on Wednesday, diverting international flights, disrupting public transport and prompting a spike in emergency calls from people suffering breathing difficulties. No one was reported hurt as a result of dust storms sweeping a vast...

5 years 2 months ago

US to adjust European missile defense plan

The Pentagon says the Obama administration is making a "major adjustment" to a European missile defense plan that has been an irritant in relations with Russia. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says the plan has been changed to better protect U.S. forces and allies in Europe from Iranian missile attacks. Earlier...

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