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Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya
Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

Bangladesh says it has completed construction of flood protection embankments, houses, cyclone shelters, hospitals and schools on a once-swampy island in the Bay of Bengal to relocate about 100,000 Rohingya refugees from overcrowded camps near its border with Myanmar.

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

A volcano near the Philippine capital is spewing lava, ash and steam and trembling constantly on the third day of an eruption that could portend a much bigger and dangerous eruption.

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities

Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors.

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Two U.S. agencies say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record.

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured after an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort.

Puerto Rico to open schools after 6.4 quake despite concerns

Puerto Rico to open schools after 6.4 quake despite concerns

Puerto Rico’s government is opening public schools next week without knowing if they can withstand a big earthquake as concerns grow about weakened infrastructure that is displacing thousands of students.

Original member of The Wiggles recovering in hospital

Original member of The Wiggles recovering in hospital

One of the original members of the popular Australian children's band The Wiggles has been hospitalized after collapsing during a wildfire relief concert.

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Vice President Mike Pence tried to solidify support from Latino evangelicals during a central Florida campaign stop.

Philippine volcano still 'life threatening' despite lull

Philippine volcano still 'life threatening' despite lull

A Philippine official says an erupting  volcano remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions of steam and ash and fewer tremors.

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney.

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

A federal judge is threatening to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California.

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Leaders in a Mississippi county have approved a plan to drain a lake where officials say a dam could fail after days of heavy rain.

Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live.

Top Democrat pushing $3.4B emergency measure for Puerto Rico

Top Democrat pushing $3.4B emergency measure for Puerto Rico

A top House Democrat is introducing a $3.4 billion emergency spending bill to help Puerto Rico deal with a recent spate of earthquakes rocking the U.S. territory, which is still struggling to rebuild and recover from devastating hurricanes in 2017.

Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano

Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano

A Philippine volcano is belching smaller plumes of ash but shuddering continuously with earthquakes and cracking roads nearby.

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti.

Volcano spews lava on Galapagos island

Volcano spews lava on Galapagos island

A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea.

3 African nations reach preliminary deal in Nile dam dispute

3 African nations reach preliminary deal in Nile dam dispute

Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement that should help clear the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River.

Despite danger, Filipinos made restive volcano their home

Despite danger, Filipinos made restive volcano their home

It's the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, a designated permanent danger zone long declared off-limits to human settlements.

Pakistan: 21 more bodies recovered in avalanche-hit Kashmir

Pakistan: 21 more bodies recovered in avalanche-hit Kashmir

Search teams aided by Pakistani troops have pulled out 21 more bodies from homes destroyed by this week's avalanches in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Thousands of crafters worldwide are churning out swaddling wraps for bats, hanging enclosures for kangaroos, and cozy pouches for wallabies.

California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts.

Smoke haze again forces delay in Australian Open qualifying

Smoke haze again forces delay in Australian Open qualifying

Australian Open officials have delayed the start of play by two hours on the second day of qualifying hoping that smoke from regional wild fires will clear later in the day.

Environmental issues top worries for those heading to Davos

Environmental issues top worries for those heading to Davos

A survey of key decision-makers carried out for the World Economic Forum identifies environmental issues as the top five global risks over the coming decade.

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Mississippi authorities say pressure remains heavy  on a dam at a rain-swollen lake in the rural northeastern part of the state.

Sonoma County prepares to sue PG&E for damages from fire

Sonoma County prepares to sue PG&E for damages from fire

A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that combined with rolling power shutoffs caused losses of $725 million.