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Major Quakes Strike Near Tonga and in Indonesia

Major Quakes Strike Near Tonga and in Indonesia

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Hours after a massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga Sunday, a major quake hit Indonesia. The magnitude 6.3 quake jolted the island of Lombok as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people.The U.S. Geological Survey said Indonesia’s Sunday quake, which was centered in the northeast of the island, hit at a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.A magnitude 7.0 quake Aug. 5 damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced several hundred thousand people on Lombok. Earlier, the quake that struck near Fiji and Tonga was a much greater magnitude but it was very deep and did not trigger a tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said. The quake
Rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps

Rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps

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KOCHI, India (Reuters) - A deluge in India’s flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among two million people crammed into relief camps. A supply truck transporting boats to flooded areas moves through a water-logged road in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram VIncessant rains since Aug. 8 have caused the state’s worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday, and in some places the flood waters began to recede. Flood victims rest inside a university class
Tributes pour in for former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Tributes pour in for former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

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View photosKofi Annan, who died on Saturday aged 80, is widely credited for raising the United Nation's profile in global politicsMoreFrom his native Africa to the United States, tributes poured in from top leaders around the world Sunday after UN chief, Nobel peace laureate, and "diplomatic rock star" Kofi Annan died at the age of 80.The Ghanaian national was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body's profile in global politics during his two terms as head of the UN from 1997 to 2006.The first secretary general from sub-Saharan Africa, Annan led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war and was later accused of corruption in the oil-for-food scandal, one of the most trying times of his tenure.Annan "astutely g...
Massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes in the Pacific

Massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes in the Pacific

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A massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.The quake was 560km below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.The quake struck near Fiji and Tonga, 560km below the Pacific Ocean. Source: Google MapsMore“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.The epicentre was located 2
'A Wound to the Heart of Genoa': Italy Buries Victims of Bridge Collapse

'A Wound to the Heart of Genoa': Italy Buries Victims of Bridge Collapse

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‘A Wound to the Heart of Genoa’: Italy Buries Victims of Bridge CollapseImageRelatives mourned some of the victims of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, before the state funeral on Saturday.CreditPiero Cruciatti/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Elisabetta PovoledoAug. 18, 2018ROME — Italy mourned those killed in the collapse of a bridge in the northern city of Genoa with a state funeral on Saturday as the country struggled to come to terms with a tragedy that government officials, families of victims and some experts say could have been prevented. But some families of the victims boycotted the event.Flags flew at half-staff across the country on a day of national mourning. Stores shut their doors or draped black ribbons on their windows. And a solemn ceremony was
As Philippines’ Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos

As Philippines’ Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos

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MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (L) and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos gestures during an alliance meeting with local political parties in Paranaque, Metro Manila in Philippines, August 13, 2018. Picture taken August 13, 2018. REUTERS/Czeasar DancelNine months away from mid-term elections that could determine the success or failure of his presidency, his daughter, Sara Duterte, is fast emerging as a power-broker who is aiming to shore up support for his ambitious policy agenda, and, say some experts and insiders, his eventual succession. By his own admission, the 73-year-old ...