China’s Heavy Metal Crops

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Looking for a good way to consume a higher daily dose of lead, arsenic, and cadmium? Try smoking Chinese cigarettes. According to a Reuters report, a recent tobacco study conducted by researchers from the Buffalo-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute found

700,000 Homeless in Benin Floods

The United Nations refugee agency says it will begin an airlift of tents to the West African state of Benin this week, which has been hit by the worst floods in living memory. Two-thirds of the country is affected by

Haiti Cholera Death Toll Tops 250

The cholera outbreak gripping Haiti has now claimed more than 250 victims – as the disease begins to take hold in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince. Although aid workers have been desperately trying to stop the infection reaching the capital – where around

Italy Halts Garbage Protests

Authorities planned Sunday to temporarily halt waste deliveries to try to stop violent protests over a garbage tip outside Naples as clashes erupted again overnight between police and demonstrators. Hundreds of people joined more demonstrations late Saturday in Terzigno and

Inquiry into Disappearing lakes

There are growing calls for an inquiry into why an historic waterway on Sydney’s south-western fringes is drying up. Environmentalists say despite recent heavy rains, water levels at Thirlmere Lakes near Picton are continuing to decline.

China Downgrades Typhoon Megi

BEIJING – Torrential rains drenched China’s southeastern coast Sunday as the government downgraded Typhoon Megi to a tropical depression and more than 300,000 evacuees waited to return to their battered homes. Megi hit China on Saturday, dumping up to 13

Coast Guard Investigates Gulf Slick

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a large brown slick floating near the mouth of the Mississippi river and said on Saturday it could be weathered oil from the BP spill or just algae bloom. A Coast Guard vessel went

32 Dead in Bangkok Floods

Thirty two people have died so far in deadly floods which are racing through the streets of Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. The death toll was released after rising waters started to swamp the capital.

Earthquake strikes Philippines

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippines early Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning. The quake struck Mindanao island at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles),

Rare Tornado Kills 6, injures 100+

Video Report: A twister, reportedly on the ground for an hour, wreaked havoc in Northern Argentina on Thursday.