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254 die in Colombian landslip, floods

Mocoa (Colombia) Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing on to houses early on Saturday morning (Colombian time), killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the...

US will take on North Korea — Trump

London The United States is prepared to act unilaterally to tackle the North Korean nuclear threat if China fails to help, President Donald Trump warned in an interview with the Financial Times. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet for the first time in Florida on April 6 and 7, when the two are expected to discuss North Korea,...

New search of deepest cave

Prague Czech divers are preparing to search the world's deepest underwater cave again to see if there is more to be discoverer from its already record-breaking depths. Last September researchers identified the flooded limestone cave, called Hranicka Propast and located 300km east of Prague, as the deepest of its kind when they reached 404m below Earth's surface. Access to the underwater part...

Lung disease again risks miners’ lives

Melbourne Dust in Australian coalmines is risking the lives of miners and more needs to be done to regulate it, a study has found. In the 1960s there was a very high incidence of lung disease among Australia's coalminers until limits were placed on the dust that could be produced. After that there was a massive decline in the prevalence and severity...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...

Credit Suisse ‘co-operating’ in money laundering case

Amsterdam Swiss bank Credit Suisse has been dragged into yet more tax evasion and money laundering investigations, after a tip-off to Dutch prosecutors about tens of thousands of suspect accounts triggered raids in five countries. Co-ordinated raids began on Thursday in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, France and Australia, the Dutch office for financial crimes prosecution (FIOD) said, with two arrests confirmed so far. The Dutch...

Two dead as floodwaters retreat

Sydney Two women have become the first fatalities in Cyclone Debbie's devastating aftermath as residents of several New South Wales towns are warned they will not be home for some time with five areas declared natural disaster zones. One woman's body was found by a family member yesterday morning on a flooded property in northern NSW. Police say she disappeared overnight in...
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