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Africa: Malaria Outbreak in Monieka, DRC
The leaders of the Community of the Disciples of Christ in Congo have informed the Africa office of an outbreak of malaria in Monieka. Over 1200 cases have been documented and 406 deaths (2/3 of which were children) have been recorded. The majority of the deaths have occurred in families who are connected to the Disciples. There are also milder malaria outbreaks in Mbandaka, Bolenge and Ikengo at this time.

7 killed as storm system slashes central U.S.
A storm system that produced a number of tornadoes in the Midwest was blamed for at least seven deaths in two states, officials said Wednesday.

Chile Forest Fire Rips Through Homes In Viña Del Mar (VIDEO)
A forest fire near the Beagle Channel in the commune of Viña del Mar, Chile, has engulfed more than 50 hectares of land -- about 120 acres -- and taken at least 73 homes with it, according to the Peruvian network Radio Programas del Peru. The National Office of Emergencies of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) has declared a red alert for the region of Valparaiso, La Nación reports.

Chile Forest Fire Rips Through Homes In Viña Del Mar (VIDEO)
A forest fire near the Beagle Channel in the commune of Viña del Mar, Chile, has engulfed more than 50 hectares of land -- about 120 acres -- and taken at least 73 homes with it, according to the Peruvian network Radio Programas del Peru. The National Office of Emergencies of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) has declared a red alert for the region of Valparaiso, La Nación reports.

Typhoid detected on Christmas Island
A flight to transfer asylum seekers from Christmas Island to mainland Australia has been postponed after two detainees on the island were diagnosed with typhoid.

Tennessee: Mysterious Horse and Cattle Deaths Baffle Detectives in Maury County
Horses are dying and now cattle as well and detectives in Maury County have been at a loss to explain how or why it is happening.

Schmallenberg livestock virus hits 74 farms in England
A disease which has caused birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has been found on 74 farms in England.

Nine more cases of Schmallenberg livestock virus reported
Nine more farms in the south of England have reported cases of a disease which causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock, the government says.

U.S. meat supply widely contaminated with mad cow disease prions
Mad cow disease is a progressive brain-wasting disease. It is caused by a type of defective protein known as a prion and cannot be cured. The factory farming practices of feeding animals the nervous tissue of other animals first caused the ballooning spread of mad cow disease and created the current crisis. When it became clear what had happened, many countries banned feeding the tissue of ruminants (cows, sheep and goats) to other ruminants.

Cars fall through the ice in Wisconsin
Fishermen reel in Fords, Chevys

Heavy snow delays schools, slows morning commute
A surprisingly powerful snow storm hit metro Denver Thursday morning, wreaking havoc on the morning commute and causing numerous school delays and closures.

Hunger in Niger threatens millions
The knock on the door is a sign of bad things to come.

Avalanches hit Indian Kashmir; 16 troops dead, 3 others feared trapped in army camp
Two massive avalanches in snowbound regions of Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 16 soldiers, and at least three others were feared trapped in a military camp that was partially buried under snow, an official said Thursday.

Winds topple vehicles; cold front to bring snow to metro area
For the second day in a row, powerful winds whipped up trouble along Colorado’s Front Range foothills.

Virus could spell disaster as lambing season looms
Scores of lambs at a farm near Mildenhall have been killed by a virus affecting dozens of businesses in the region.

Drought may be new norm for UK, says environment secretary
Drought may be the new norm for the UK, with drastic measures including growing genetically modified crops likely to be considered as part of the solution, the environment secretary has said.

1 in 4 children malnourished, global report says
Five children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition, according to a report released Wednesday that also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.

Climate change killing mighty trees in Alaska, researchers say
U.S. Forest Service researchers have confirmed what has long been suspected about a valuable tree in Alaska's Panhandle: climate warming is killing off yellow cedar.

4.0 earthquake in Missouri shakes 9 states
Residents got an early morning jolt Tuesday after an earthquake rumbled at least nine states, causing minor damage and a big stir in the town of East Prairie, near the quake's epicenter.

3 experienced skiers die in Washington avalanche, 4th dies in separate incident
The close-knit community of backcountry skiing was in mourning Monday, a day after an avalanche in Washington state killed a prominent judge in the extreme sport plus two other experienced skiers.

3 experienced skiers die in Washington avalanche, 4th dies in separate incident
The close-knit community of backcountry skiing was in mourning Monday, a day after an avalanche in Washington state killed a prominent judge in the extreme sport plus two other experienced skiers.

Perth haze triggers asthma and allergy alert
MEDICAL experts are warning asthma, allergy and other respiratory disease sufferers to stay indoors as thick haze continues to shroud Perth.

Haze Over Perth
A bushfire in the state's South-West has caused a smoke haze over Perth expected to last for two more days. A Reader Picture from South Perth. Picture: Khin Seint

Flooding hits NZ's west Auckland, Taupo
HEAVY rain is causing widespread flooding in New Zealand's west Auckland district with firefighters being called to dozens of flooded homes or garages.

Dutch prince buried by avalanche in Austria
A MEMBER of the Dutch royal family has been buried by an avalanche on the Arlberg mountain range in central Austria.

India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
Crying as she is put on an electronic scale, two-year-old Rajini's naked shriveled frame casts a dark shadow over a rising India, where millions of children have little to eat.

Ukraine's death toll from cold spell reaches 151
In most cases, people died because they were under the influence of alcohol, which increases the risk of hypothermia

Lassa fever kills doctor, 12 others in Taraba
An outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Lassa at the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo has killed at least 13 people since its detection a week ago in Taraba state, Xinhua reported.

Madagascar hit by Cyclone Giovanna
A tropical cyclone has hit the island of Madagascar, with winds of up to 194km/h (120mph) ripping up trees and electricity pylons.

Plant-killing diseases threaten wattle
AUSTRALIA'S floral emblem is under threat from a variety of plant-killing diseases incubating overseas, scientists say.

Sydney home on fire after lightning strike
A HOME in Sydney's north-west has caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Heavy snow in Italy cuts off villages, disrupts flights
Heavy snow fell across Italy on Saturday, blanketing the capital Rome, cutting off mountain villages and disrupting roads, railways and airports around the country.

9 reported dead in Kosovo avalanche; heavy snow in Rome
Nine people were killed when an avalanche hit the village of Restelica in southern Kosovo, officials said on Sunday, adding to more than 500 killed in snow and bitter cold across Europe in the past two weeks.

Mystery epidemic devastates Central American region
Jesus Ignacio Flores started working when he was 16, laboring long hours on construction sites and in the fields of his country's biggest sugar plantation.

Hundreds of dead dolphins found off Peru
AT least 264 dead bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore over the past three days on Peru's northern coast, officials said as they seek to discover what killed the marine animals.

Hospitals urged to check water for pseudomonas
The chief medical officer has written to all Northern Ireland's health trusts asking them to check for Pseudomonas bacteria in their water supply.

At least 11 dead, 34 missing after boat with Somali migrants capsizes
A boat carrying Somalis fleeing violence in their homeland capsized this week in the Gulf of Aden, leaving at least 11 people dead and another 34 missing, a U.N. agency said.

Fast-Spreading Animal Virus Leaps Europe, UK Borders
A newly identified disease is moving rapidly through livestock in Europe and has authorities both worried and puzzled. The disease, dubbed Schmallenberg virus for a town in west-central Germany where one of the first outbreaks occurred, makes adult animals only mildly ill, but causes lambs, kids and calves to be born dead or deformed.

Cape Cod dolphin death toll reaches 103
The number of unexplained dolphin deaths on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, rose Friday, with rescuers tallying the toll at 103.

Death toll in Philippine earthquake rises to 39
THE death toll from a strong quake this week in the central Philippines rose to 39 today, with dozens of missing feared dead, a disaster official said.

Torrential rains cause swollen rivers and heavy flooding in Peru
Peruvian authorities on Thursday (February 9) declared an emergency in several regions where persistent heavy rains have caused rivers to overflow and towns to flood.

Europe's Danube freezes over, cold snap toll at 460
Thick ice closed vast swathes of the Danube on Thursday, crippling shipping on Europe's busiest waterway, as the death toll from bitter cold across the continent rose to at least 460

Floods hit western Sydney, Illawarra
THE NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has had a busy night after huge rainfalls had parts of western Sydney and the Illawarra flooding.

Cruise ship returns to Florida port early after second virus outbreak
A PRINCESS Cruise Lines ship was forced to return to its Florida port overnight following a second outbreak of the highly-contagious norovirus.

5 missing after Japan undersea refinery tunnel collapse
Five workers were missing on Tuesday after an undersea tunnel collapsed as it was being constructed at one of Japan's largest oil refineries, emergency services and reports said.

Flash flooding strikes Penrith area
UP to 20 people have been rescued and many more fled their homes as a massive storm swept across western Sydney and the Illawarra, resulting in treacherous flash flooding, last night.

India toxic alcohol toll rises in Orissa
The number of people who have died in the Indian state of Orissa after drinking toxic illegal alcohol has risen to 31, officials say.

Warnings issued as Britain hit by more snow and ice
Severe weather warnings for ice and snow are in place across much of Britain as the Arctic freeze continues.

Philippines revises down death toll from quake
The Philippine authorities have significantly revised down the death toll from a strong earthquake that shook the country's third-largest island on Monday.

UN warns of food crisis in South Sudan
Less than a week after the United Nations declared an end to the famine in Somalia, a new report from the world body says millions of people in South Sudan will now face hunger if urgent action is not taken.

More than 700 suffer food poisoning after Mexican political rally
Authorities treated more than 700 people for food poisoning after a political rally in southern Mexico this week, officials said.

Ukraine's emergency services under pressure as winter bites
Suffering in the grip of a brutal winter where temperatures have not risen above freezing in nearly a month, Ukraine has seen a wave of deaths related to the cold, and the country's ambulance service is inundated with calls for help.

Video: 5,000 fish found dead in Perth Australia
Approximately 5,000 fish were found dead in Perth's Swan River in Australia...

Greece, Bulgaria battle flooding; 8 dead
Swollen rivers in Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks Tuesday, leaving dozens of homes underwater, as Bulgarian officials declared a day of mourning for eight people confirmed killed after a dam collapse nearly washed away their village.

Death toll tops 400 in Europe's big freeze
Ice-breakers have battled Europe's big chill as the Danube river froze over more than 170 kilometres, and dozens died of cold on a continent gripped by some of the lowest temperatures in decades.

Residents of flood-threatened Australian town told to stay away
Australian authorities on Tuesday told more than 2,000 residents who had left a town at the mercy of record-breaking flood waters to stay away until the danger had passed.

Nearly 500 on 2 Princess cruise ships stricken by Norovirus
Nearly 500 cases of Norovirus have been reported on two Florida-based Princess Cruises ships, the cruise line said Sunday.

Shrinking polar ice caps may be to blame for frigid Europe
Europe's deadly cold snap may have a lot to do with shrinking amounts of ice in the Arctic, a recent study suggests.

Huge number of dolphin beachings along Cape Cod
Nearly 130 dolphins have beached themselves on Cape Cod in the last three weeks, with 92 dying in what's become "the single largest stranding" in at least two decades in the Northeast, the International Fund for Animal Welfare reported Monday.

6.8 quake in Philippines kills 13, buries homes
A strong earthquake in the central Philippines killed at least 13 people Monday as it destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents. At least 29 people were missing.

Snow traps thousands in Bosnian villages
Bosnia used helicopters on Sunday to evacuate the sick and deliver food to thousands of people left stranded by its heaviest snowfall ever, while Pope Benedict XVI donned an overcoat to bless the few pilgrims who braved Rome’s unusually cold weather to visit St. Peter's Square.

Military aircraft dispatched in Australia floods
Authorities were using military helicopters and a C-130 cargo plane Sunday to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by rising floodwaters in the eastern Australian state of Queensland, the government said.

Military aircraft dispatched in Australia floods
Authorities were using military helicopters and a C-130 cargo plane Sunday to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by rising floodwaters in the eastern Australian state of Queensland, the government said.

Situation 'tragic' as winter weather blankets Europe
Heavy snow left several Italian villages paralyzed and without power as winter weather and cold temperatures spread across Europe, the mayor of one village said.

Situation 'tragic' as winter weather blankets Europe
Heavy snow left several Italian villages paralyzed and without power as winter weather and cold temperatures spread across Europe, the mayor of one village said.

US heartland hit by major storm
Large winter blast blankets the Midwest with snow.

Britain, France hit by new snow as Europe freeze continues
Bitterly cold weather sweeping across Europe claimed more victims on Sunday and brought widespread disruption to transport services, with warnings that the chilling temperatures would remain into next week.

Ore. mushroom pickers found alive after 6 days
Three mushroom pickers took refuge in a hollowed out tree after getting lost in an Oregon forest, fighting wintry chills for six days and drinking water from streams until a helicopter pilot spotted them.

Highest level of drug-resistant TB found in Europe
The World Health Organization says the highest levels ever of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been found in Russia and Moldova.

Minus 26.5 degrees: Thousands stranded in Europe by heavy snow
At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, authorities announced Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 114.

Malaria deaths hugely underestimated - Lancet study
Worldwide malaria deaths may be almost twice as high as previously estimated, a study reports.

Extreme cold weather in Ukraine causes 101 deaths
In Ukraine, thirty-eight more fatalities were reported from frostbite and hypothermia on Friday, raising the nation's death toll to 101. Emergency officials have said many of the victims were homeless.

Major snowstorm pummels Colorado, closing roads
Airlines reported more than 600 flight cancellations Friday at Denver International Airport due to a powerful winter snowstorm that swept across Colorado as it headed east.

Cooked eggs recalled in 34 states for possible listeria
A Minnesota company is recalling cooked eggs distributed in 34 states because of possible listeria contamination.

Europe freeze: Serbia snow strands thousands
Heavy snow has left at least 11,000 villagers cut off in remote areas of Serbia amid a European cold snap that has claimed more than 130 lives.

Floodwaters hamper search for missing skipper
FLOODWATERS are hampering search efforts for a skipper missing off the Mid North Coast.

Dozens killed as icy weather grips Japan
HEAVY snow that has blanketed northern Japan for weeks, triggering avalanches and affecting transport networks, has left at least 55 people dead.

Rough seas slow PNG ferry rescue effort
ROUGH seas are slowing rescue efforts for as many as 130 people missing after the ferry MV Rabaul Queen sank off the east coast of Papua New Guinea.

Thousands evacuated from NSW floods
MORE than 2200 people have spent the night in evacuation centres across northwest New South Wales as flooding that has affected the region for 10 days shows no sign of easing.

Queensland town braces for worst flood
THE regional Queensland town of Mitchell is experiencing its worst ever flood as the deluge in the state's sodden southeast shows no sign of letting up.

Drought conditions spur action in Mexico
Rains will bring some relief to drought-stricken Mexico this week, but they will not be enough alleviate the bigger challenges, officials say.

Peru quake injury numbers rise
The number of people confirmed injured in an earthquake in Peru rose to 145, civil defense officials in the South American nation said Tuesday.

8 crew missing after ship sinks in Black Sea storm
Turkish authorities have scrambled divers, helicopters and coast guard ships in an effort to find and rescue eight crew members missing after a cargo ship sank in a storm off Turkey's Black Sea coast Tuesday night.

Dead dolphin tally reaches 81 on Cape Cod
At least 81 dolphins have been found dead or died shortly after being discovered on Cape Cod in a series of largely unexplained strandings that began early last month, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Over 100 dead in Eastern Europe deep freeze
Officials reported 20 more deaths from the cold in Ukraine and nine more in Poland, bringing the overall toll from a week of frigid weather in Eastern Europe to 112.

Scarcity of Water - a Serious Burden to Farmers in Southern Tunisian Oases
Water scarcity is a serious issue in southern Tunisia, and irrigation remains a key obstacle to the agricultural development of the country's arid regions.

Flood threat over for Charleville
THE worst of the flooding is over for a central Queensland town after the swollen Warrego River peaked lower than forecast.

Death toll from European freeze hits 54
THIRTY people have died of hypothermia in Ukraine, bringing the eastern European death toll to 54 as the region grapples with an unusually severe cold spell.

Mozambique storm death toll reaches 32
MOZAMBIQUE'S chief disaster management official says 32 people have died in recent storms and flooding.

Cyclone Iggy kills 14 in Indonesia
Fourteen people were killed and another 60 were injured in Indonesia over a four-day period as a result of Cyclone Iggy, according to the country's National Disaster Management Agency.

Texas community trucks in water to stem shortage
A small central Texas community has begun trucking in thousands of gallons of water to avoid running dry during the state's historic drought, a water official said.

The great migration: Texas cattle heading north
For more than a century, through a dozen dry spells when lakes disappeared and the land died, thousands of cows from the Swenson Land & Cattle Co have roamed the fields of Texas.

Severe cold snap kills 32 in eastern Europe
Heavy snow and a severe cold snap killed at least 32 people across eastern Europe and many areas were under emergency measures Monday as schools closed down, roads became impassible and power supplies were cut off.

Florida interstate crashes 'horrendous,' victim says; 10 dead
After the crashes stopped, Steven Camps said all he could hear was the sound of crying as the air, heavy with smoke, shone red from vehicle fires.

96 injured after earthquake hits coastal Peru
Civil defense officials reported nearly 100 injuries after a strong earthquake shook coastal Peru early Monday.

Australia's NSW floods force road closures
Heavy rain and localized flooding have forced the closure of the Pacific Highway at the town of Grafton in northern New South Wales (NSW) of Australia, authorities said on Monday.

Fiji at risk of more floods and landslides
Fiji weather forecasters are warning of landslides and flooding as more heavy rain and high winds head towards Fiji.

Baby lotion recalled over excessive bacteria levels
Johnson & Johnson on Friday said it is recalling more than 2,000 tubes of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion after U.S. regulators identified excessive levels of bacteria in a product sample.

Mexican swine flu outbreak kills 29, infects nearly 1,500
An ongoing swine flu outbreak in Mexico has left at least 29 people dead and nearly 1,500 others infected, health officials confirmed on Saturday. Thousands more are also ill as the country faces several types of flu this season.

Miners Feared Dead in Pakistan After Landslide
Police say at least nine miners are feared dead after they were buried by a large landslide in northwest Pakistan.

Texas flooding leaves cars underwater
A storm system is dropping several inches of rain on parts of Texas. Several area are reporting flash flooding.

4 dead after landslide hits Papua New Guinea
Rescuers were pulling bodies from the debris of a landslide that struck mountainous central Papua New Guinea, a disaster official said Wednesday. Local news media reported that as many as 60 people were dead or missing.

Australia floods: 'Inland sea' moves across Victoria
Parts of the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria are braced for the approach of a giant lake of floodwater 55 miles (90km) long, as Australia's severe flooding problems continue.

Giant freak lightning storms rumble across Western Australia
Four people have been struck by lightning and thousands are without power as dangerous weather sweeps Perth and the outer metropolitan coast.

Strong storms hit Alabama, kill two
Search and rescue team combed through debris in Alabama after powerful thunderstorms pummeled the state early on Monday, killing at least two people and leaving heavy damage just hours after tornadoes struck portions of Arkansas.

Floods force OR residents to evacuate
Officials in Turner, Oregon have asked residents to evacuate their homes and flee to higher ground as floodwaters from a rising creek sweep through town. (Jan. 19)

Flooding causes chaos at Kruger Park
South African National Parks (SANParks) issued an urgent warning on Wednesday that certain Kruger National Park gates and roads have been closed as a result of heavy rainfall in the area.

Georgia: High winds topple trees
High winds blasted Newnan, Georgia, Saturday uprooting trees and causing property damage.

Drought returns to Sahel, bringing hunger
For the third time in the past decade, drought has returned to the arid, western shoulder of Africa, bringing hunger to millions. Aid agencies are warning that if action is not taken now, the region known as the Sahel could slip into crisis.

Flash floods feared after deadly Reno wildfire
The wildfire that destroyed 29 homes near Reno is contained. Thousands of evacuees are back home. And the family of the woman found dead says there's no point in prosecuting the remorseful man who accidentally started it.

White-Nose Syndrome: Bat Fungus Has Killed Around 6 Million Since 2006
It's been six years since the dawn of white-nose syndrome -- a bat-killing fungus that's sweeping west across North America -- but the disease is so fast and stealthy that scientists are still struggling to keep up. They reached a major milestone this week, albeit a discouraging one: They calculated about how many bats have died so far.


Bird Flu Deaths Reported In Vietnam, Cambodia
Vietnam on Thursday confirmed its first human death from bird flu in nearly two years, a day after neighboring Cambodia also logged its first fatality this year as new cases of the H5N1 virus are reported in Asia and the Middle East.


Radiation, rusty metal seen in tsunami-hit reactor
Radiation-blurred images taken inside one of Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear reactors Thursday showed steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfaces scarred by 10 months' exposure to heat and humidity.

Ice shuts Seattle airport, 100,000 lose power
A day after a major Pacific storm covered Washington state in snow, the Seattle area woke up to a new menace: an ice storm.

Bird flu-infected Cambodian boy died
A 2-year-and-7 month-old boy from northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey had died early Wednesday from avian influenza A (H5N1) virus after being admitted to hospital for about a week, said a senior health official.

Chemical accident injures 39 people in Germany
A chemical accident involving chlorine gas injured nearly 40 people Tuesday at a plant for security technology in Bruhl.

Tornadoes strike Kentucky, Indiana
A strong storm system blowing through the upper South and Midwest spawned at least two rare January tornadoes, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday.

Tokyo Radiation on Detection
A center opens to ease health fears over last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Unseasonal weather leaves wildlife all mixed-up
ALTHOUGH IT may still be officially winter, above-average air and soil temperatures have brought bird species ravaged by two consecutive cold winters bouncing back, while confused plants think it is spring.


Unseasonal weather leaves wildlife all mixed-up
ALTHOUGH IT may still be officially winter, above-average air and soil temperatures have brought bird species ravaged by two consecutive cold winters bouncing back, while confused plants think it is spring.

Five fishermen missing after boat sinks off Cork coast
Five men are missing after a fishing boat sank this morning near the mouth of Glandore Harbour in Co Cork.

Costa Concordia: Cruise ship survivors found
Heavy snow has triggered widespread power outages.

Heavy Snowfall brings Istanbul to a Halt
Heavy snow has triggered widespread power outages.

Tornado, storms injure 15, destroy homes in North Carolina
Dozens of western North Carolina homes were damaged, including 16 destroyed, in a tornado and storms that also injured 15 persons, authorities said Thursday.

Confiscated bushmeat 'poses virus threat'
Scientists have documented potentially dangerous viruses entering the US through illegally imported wildlife products.

Drought poses risk to corn, soybeans in Argentina
Rain in Argentina on Tuesday brought some relief to the drought-stricken central part of the country, but concerns remained.

29 dead in Brazil floods
Dozens of people died as heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in Brazil this week, officials said Tuesday.

Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease
White-tailed deer populations in parts of eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months, wildlife officials and hunting outfitters said.

Brazil: Mudslide, Rains Kill At Least 28
A mudslide caused by two days of downpours has killed at least 13 people in a small town in southeastern Brazil, and another 11 are listed as missing, the head of the Rio de Janeiro state civil defense department said Tuesday.

2 dead, dozens injured in Montana bus wreck
Two people were killed and more than 30 others injured early Sunday when a charter bus crashed in icy conditions near Clinton, Montana, officials said.

Paraguay declares alert as foot-and-mouth detected
Paraguayan officials have moved to quarantine an area in the province of San Pedro to try to deal with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Mass pileup on Texas highway leaves multiple casualties
At least 50 vehicles were involved in a wreck that hurt dozens of people and closed part of a highway in southeastern Texas on Thursday, authorities said.

Still More Cheese Recalled in Wisconsin
The cheese recall in Wisconsin expanded again Thursday.

4,000 Brazilians evacuated as dike bursts after heavy rains
Brazilian authorities on Thursday said they were evacuating 4,000 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro after days of heavy rains burst a river dike.

Landslide kills 25 at gold mine in southern Philippines; more than 100 believed still buried
A landslide tore through a small-scale gold mining site in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and burying dozens more, months after government officials warned miners that the mountain above them was guaranteed to crumble.

New Zealand: 'I watched my son die'
A man has told of seeing his son and best mate succumb to hypothermia in the icy waters of Foveaux Strait and of making the heartbreaking decision to leave their bodies floating in the sea as he fought for his own survival.

Australia: Bushfire threatening Top End resort
A BUSHFIRE burning for about two weeks is bearing down on the Ross River Resort, east of Alice Springs.

Salmonella Sprouts Recall Expands Due to Listeria Concern
A sprouts grower that recalled alfalfa sprouts last month because of a positive Salmonella test is now pulling more varieties off the market because of Listeria concerns.

Police investigate as Chile fires spread
FOREST fires in southern Chile, fuelled by intense heat and strong winds, have advanced further after destroying nearly 40,000 hectares, officials say.

Police investigate as Chile fires spread
FOREST fires in southern Chile, fuelled by intense heat and strong winds, have advanced further after destroying nearly 40,000 hectares, officials say.

Massive grass fire burns in eastern Texas
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is battling a large grass fire in the marshlands of Jefferson County, Texas, an agency official told CNN on Tuesday.

Australia: Firefighters continue to battle Perth fire
FIREFIGHTERS are working through the night to manage a blaze that broke out near Perth Airport.

Massive grass fire burns in eastern Texas
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is battling a large grass fire in the marshlands of Jefferson County, Texas, an agency official told CNN on Tuesday.

Tons of dead fish appear on, then disappear from Norwegian beach
Tons of dead herring that washed up on a Norwegian beach on New Year's Eve are now gone, and no one is sure how they got there or where they went.

Deadly mushrooms kill two in Australia
Two people have died after eating poisonous death cap mushrooms - similar to edible straw mushrooms - at a New Year's Eve party in Australia.

Severe weather leaves thousands without power
Engineers are working to reconnect power to thousands of homes cut off by violent storms which hit the UK.


Leptospirosis hits Philippines' flood-hit areas
At least five people have died of leptospirosis in the aftermath of Typhoon Washi in the southern Philippines, officials say.