Strong Earthquake shakes San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Some in the San Diego area felt a strong earthquake in Baja California, Mexico, that was followed by a series of smaller temblors, but no injuries or damages have been reported. The 4.9-magitude quake struck at a

Cancun Talks End but No Kyoto

The world’s governments agreed on Saturday to modest steps to combat climate change and give more money to poor countries, but they put off until next year tough decisions on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The deal includes setting up a

German Nuclear Shipment Protest

Around 2,500 people on Saturday took to the streets of Germany, organisers said, to protest against a shipment of radioactive waste from France expected next week. Police put the number of protesters in the northern German coastal town of Greifswald

Panama Floods Kill 10, 4700 Affected

Panama CITY – Heavy rains and flooding in Panama have killed 10 people and forced more than 4,700 from their homes. Panama’s Civil Protection System says more than 450 homes have been destroyed this week. President Ricardo Martinelli said Friday

WikiLeaks: Vatican Pro Copenhagen Accord

The Vatican was committed to getting countries aligned with the Copenhagen Accord on climate change, according to the first Vatican cable to appear on the WikiLeaks website. The confidential cable claimed a Vatican official at the Secretariat of State would

Talks Move Toward Climate Fund

Global talks on climate change looked set early Saturday to establish a new global fund to manage billions of dollars in aid to poor nations in a hard-fought package urging deep cuts in industrial emissions. After two weeks of talks

Flooded Chavez Governs From a Tent

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez plans to govern temporarily from a tent given him by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after inviting families made homeless by recent torrential rains to live in his palace. The worst rains in a decade

Polio Outbreak in Congo Kills 200

Brazzaville — The number of people killed by an outbreak of wild polio virus in the Republic of Congo has reached 200, officials said, as the second of three rounds of mass vaccination began. “The first phase was a great

Cancun Talks: Deep Cuts Considered

The world’s climate negotiators have considered “deep cuts” in emissions to hold back climate change as part of a package that would pave the way for billions of dollars in aid to poor countries. Sleep-deprived envoys from more than 190

NSW Braces for More Flooding

Residents forced to evacuate Eugowra in New South Wales’ central west may be able to return home today, as other areas in the eastern states brace themselves for more flooding. The State Emergency Service expects to issue the all-clear for

Mexico Pushes for Climate Deal

Mexico scrambled to break an impasse between rich and poor nations over future cuts in greenhouse gas emissions on Friday as 190-nation climate talks went down to the wire. “It’s beginning to stack up and I am cautiously optimistic. We

Phuket Hit by Tsunami Prophecy

Bangkok – Astrological predictions that a tsunami will hit southern Thailand this month have led to a wave of hotel room cancellations at beach reorts, news reports said Friday. Hotels in Phuket, Phangnga, Ranong and Surin – beach resorts on

Oprah Appeals for Aussie Flood Aid

Melbourne. US talk show icon Oprah Winfrey on Friday urged Australians to dig into their pockets to help victims of floods sweeping across eastern Australia, as officials warned the deluge could worsen next week. “I was sorry to arrive in

NZ Mine: Bodies Still Not Recovered

The future of the New Zealand colliery where 29 men died last month remains unclear, as the mine operators said there was no immediate hope of recovering the bodies and they would soon lay off staff. The police who had

2004 ‘Dead’ Tsunami Girl Found Alive

COLOMBO (AFP) – A six-year-old girl found at a house in Colombo is believed to have been sold by a hospital worker soon after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lankan child protection authorities said Thursday. Staff at the National