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  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 31- Within hours of a deadly mining spill in November that would become Brazil's worst environmental disaster, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie was in front of a camera offering his sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, his counterpart at joint venture partner Vale SA, Murilo Ferreira, took nearly a week after the mine wastewater flood...

  • Midwest braces for more flooding as rivers rise Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 6:02 AM ET
    A house is under water on the banks of the Pea River in Elba, Alabama, December 26, 2015. Alabama has been hit with storms and heavy rain since Wednesday, and the Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around the region for Friday.

    Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding as rain-swollen rivers left thousands of people displaced from their homes.

  • The Environment Agency said Britain had faced an extraordinary period of severe weather and flooding in December, with consultants PwC warning that the latest deluge from Storm Frank could take total losses above 3 billion pounds. Further heavy rain was predicted to fall throughout Wednesday as the latest storm swept across northern England, Scotland and...

  • 19 levees in US Midwest monitored for flooding Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 8:26 AM ET
    Floodwater from the Bourbeuse River surrounds a McDonald's restaurant, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Union, Mo.

    Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries.

  • Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits near Devore, Calif Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 1:21 AM ET
    Signs warn of mud slides in Devore, when the area was hit by floods in 2006.

    A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Devore, in San Bernardino Country, California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • Deadly storm marches East; dangerous conditions Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 6:28 AM ET
    Storm clouds midwest weather

    The deadly winter storm system which tore through the central U.S. was barreling east on Tuesday, promising a dangerous mix of snow, sleet and floods.

  • Belgium arrests two for plotting New Year's attack Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 2:38 AM ET
    Armed special forces of the police are pictured during searching operations in the city center of Brussels on Sunday 20 December 2015.

    Belgian police arrested two people suspected of plotting an attack in Brussels on New Year's Eve, federal prosecutors said.

  • Official commits suicide in wake of Shenzhen landslide Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 12:19 AM ET
    Emergency services search rubble for survivors after a landslide buried 22 buildings on December 20, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. Reports say at least 27 people are missing and 7 people have been rescued so far after a landslide hit China's southern province on Sunday.

    A government official who likely approved a waste dump that set off a massive landslide in China last week has killed himself, according to reports.

  • Midwest storms bring twisters, and it's not over yet Monday, 28 Dec 2015 | 11:12 AM ET
    @LukeMarkey tweeted 'This tornado was just east of us ... #Lucky' during the storms that hit Dallas.

    As residents surveyed the destruction from deadly weekend tornadoes, the storm that spawned the twisters was bringing woes to the Midwest.

  • YANGON, Dec 26- Dozens of people were feared dead in Myanmar after a landslide hit a jade mining region, workers at a local mining firm said, the second such incident in just over a month. The landslide took place on Friday in Hpakant in the country's northern Kachin State, a rugged region sandwiched between China and India and the heart of Myanmar's multi-billion...

  • Syrians walk on debris of collapsed buildings after the war-crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the opposition-controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on December 11, 2015.

    Amnesty says Russian air strikes in Syria may amount to war crimes after gathering reports on hundreds of civilians killed, the Financial Times reports.

  • Rescuers pull first body from rubble of China landslide Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 12:34 AM ET
    Emergency services search rubble for survivors after a landslide buried 22 buildings on December 20, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. Reports say at least 27 people are missing and 7 people have been rescued so far after a landslide hit China's southern province on Sunday.

    Rescuers pulled one body on Tuesday after working in search of more than 80 people missing since a massive landslide in Shenzhen, China.

  • Car repeatedly plows into pedestrians on Vegas Strip Monday, 21 Dec 2015 | 5:37 AM ET
    A time exposure of traffic along the Las Vegas Strip is viewed from Caesars Palace on May 19, 2015.

    One person was killed after a car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, police said.

  • Emergency services search rubble for survivors after a landslide buried 22 buildings on December 20, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. Reports say at least 27 people are missing and 7 people have been rescued so far after a landslide hit China's southern province on Sunday.

    A landslide hit the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province on Sunday, burying 22 buildings and leaving 27 people missing.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ SAO PAULO Dec 19- A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damage caused by the bursting of a dam at its mine last month. The dam burst, which turned into Brazil's worst ever environmental disaster, killed 16...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ SAO PAULO Dec 19- A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damages caused by a burst dam at its mine last month. The burst dam, which turned into Brazil's worst ever environmental disaster, killed 16 people,...

  • CARACAS, Dec 18- Venezuela's Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino fears a "catastrophe" if oil inventories continue accumulating to record levels, but nevertheless backs fellow OPEC member Iran's right to increase production once international sanctions are lifted. Del Pino and Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez met this week with OPEC member representatives in...

  • Chinese drones prove mettle in Tianjin disaster Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 18- When an explosion devastated parts of China's Tianjin port in August, one insurance company turned to Chinese-made drones to help analyze the rubble and estimate the damages. Already well established as a world leader in drone manufacturing, China is slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of foreign designs.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Privately held U.S. coal company Bowie Resource Partners wants taxpayers to guarantee more than $360 million in future cleanup costs for mines in New Mexico and Colorado, U.S. officials said, a move that analysts estimate would save the company $6 million a year. Coal companies are required by U.S. regulations to rehabilitate the environment...

  • US supplies Syrian fighters ahead of push for ISIS town Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 12:15 AM ET
    ISIS ISIL Iraq

    The United States has delivered a fresh supply of ammunition to Syrian Arab fighters ahead of an expected stiff battle with Islamic State.