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  • TOKYO, Dec 20- Japan's government on Tuesday urged Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power to integrate its transmission and nuclear operations with peers to cut costs and generate higher income to pay the costs from the 2011 nuclear disaster. A government panel that has held intensive meetings since October said the next six months will be "make or break" for...

  • A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning across parts of the archipelago.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck 157 km east of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a warning about tsunami waves across parts of the archipelago. The PTWC cancelled an earlier tsunami warning that encompassed Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Nauru, Kosrae and Vanuatu...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck 157 km east of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a warning about potential tsunami waves in the region. "Widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a message following the quake, which struck the New...

  • Dec 17- A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck 157 km east of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a warning about tsunami waves in the region. "Widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a message following the quake, which struck the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea...

  • WELLINGTON, Dec 15- New Zealand's government said on Thursday it would spend around NZ $2 billion rebuilding road and railway links to the tourist resort of Kaikoura, after the South Island's main transport artery was wiped out in a deadly earthquake last month. The government plans to pass rules to speed up road repair, but it will still take 12 months to get...

  • WELLINGTON, Dec 14- Parts of New Zealand's key export industries and its vital tourism sector are battling to get back on track a month after a deadly earthquake rocked the nation, crippling roads and slowing shipping. At one of the country's main ports in Wellington,' no-entry' signs dot parts of the site hit by liquefaction, cracking or buckling, hampering...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's government on Friday nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 21.5 trillion yen, increasing pressure on Tokyo Electric Power to step up reform and improve its performance. In 2013, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry had calculated the costs of the Fukushima meltdowns at 11 trillion yen.

  • *Government increasing interest-free loan to Tokyo Electric. TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday it has nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including decommissioning and compensation, to 21.5 trillion yen. "For now, we don't expect the costs to increase further, but new...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday it has nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster including decommissioning and compensation to 21.5 trillion yen. In 2013, the ministry had calculated the cost at 11 trillion yen comprising 5.4 trillion yen for compensation, 2.5 trillion yen...

  • Indonesian search and rescue personnel work as they attempt to rescue people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in Pidie, Aceh province on December 7, 2016.

    The death toll from a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday has risen to 93, the provincial government said.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 6- The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to two whistleblower sisters by upholding a jury verdict that found State Farm defrauded the U.S. government when the insurance company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2005.. The court ruled 8-0 to reject State Farm's challenge to a 2015 lower court...

  • Seven deaths confirmed as Tennessee wildfires spread

    Officials say the 'human-caused' fires have killed at least seven people and burned hundreds of buildings.

  • The remains of a business smolders after a wildfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

    Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters confirmed three new deaths at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, reports NBC News.

  • Fire erupts on both sides of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

    At least 14 fires were burning across Sevier County outside of Knoxville, NBC News reports.

  • The Gatlinburg Fire Department ordered a mandatory evacuation as several fires grow increasingly unpredictable and dangerous.

  • WELLINGTON, Nov 25- New Zealand is looking offshore for hundreds of workers to rebuild roads, railways and buildings after this month's earthquake amid a shortage of local workers in an overstretched construction industry. But while importing more workers from countries including South Africa and the Philippines may fill the gap, there are some concerns...

  • TORONTO, Nov 23- Four workers at a Sherritt International Corp joint venture in Cuba died on Tuesday, when a municipal bridge they were repairing collapsed, the Canadian miner said on Wednesday. Sherritt, which owns 50 percent of the Moa nickel operation with General Nickel Company SA of Cuba, said the bridge had been damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October and...

  • TORONTO, Nov 23- Four workers at a Sherritt International Corp joint venture in Cuba died on Tuesday, when a municipal bridge they were repairing collapsed, the Canadian miner said on Wednesday. Sherritt, which owns 50 percent of the Moa nickel operation with General Nickel Company SA of Cuba, said the bridge had been damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October and...

  • SALGUEIRO, Brazil, Nov 23- In Salgueiro, a crossroads town in one of the poorest corners of arid northeastern Brazil, Maria Adelaide dos Santos's small shop selling shoes and clothes springs to life for just a few days at the end of each month. Amid Brazil's worst recession in a century and a long drought that has crushed hopes of making this an agricultural center,...