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Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:40:41 -0400

(Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.(image)

British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:00:39 -0400

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.(image)

Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims, more still missing

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:29:07 -0400

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday.(image)

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200: Ituri vice governor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:31:03 -0400

DAKAR (Reuters) - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.(image)

Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes west of Tonga: USGS

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:18:50 -0400

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck 500 km (310 miles) west of the Pacific island of Tonga on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.(image)

Swiss road agency bans new Porsche Cayenne registrations

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:04:52 -0400

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's road agency on Friday imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software.(image)

Montana wildfire triggers hundreds of evacuations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:47:38 -0400

(Reuters) - A lightning-sparked wildfire burning for more than a month in western Montana has flared anew, prompting the evacuation of nearly 750 homes on Thursday as firefighters braced for more hot and windy weather forecast for the weekend, authorities said.(image)

"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:02:25 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - With one national language often spoken poorly and thousands of regional dialects and ethnic minority tongues, China is having to employ multilingual officials as it embarks on its latest round of environment inspections across the country.(image)

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:33:28 -0400

DAKAR (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.(image)

Fire put out at major PetroChina refinery in Dalian

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:45:55 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - A fire that broke out on Thursday at state oil major PetroChina's plant in northeastern China, one of the country's largest refineries, has been put out with no reported casualties, state media reported.(image)