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Twelve killed by 'mini-tsunami' in Algeria

A giant wave described by local residents as a "mini-tsunami" claimed the lives of 12 Algerian bathers last week on a beach in the west of the Mediterranean-rim country, officials said Wednesday.

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Algeria's civil protection agency could give no official explanation for the giant wave that struck a beach near the town of Mostaganem on Friday.

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Massive Mount Steele slide covers entire glacier

A massive slide that hit Mount Steele could be the largest in the recorded history of the Yukon.

Mount Steele, which stands 5,067 metres tall and is the fifth-highest peak in Canada, recently had two slides take place in the same area, on the northern face of the mountain.

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A massive slide of ice and rock on Mount Steele in the Yukon Territory triggered seismic recorders around the world.

The second slide was by far the larger of the two and occurred on July 24, two days after the original slide.

It was the equivalent of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake and was big enough to generate a seismic signal that could be picked up around the world.


Spain burns fields to kill voles

A plague of field voles in central Spain has led the authorities to resort to controlled burning of fields.

Farmers say they have never seen a vole plague like this one

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Tornado Hits Brooklyn with 135 mph Winds

Most of the New York City subway system was back in service by this evening's rush hour after a fierce morning storm disrupted transit service throughout much of the region and unleashed a rare and destructive tornado that whipped southwestern Brooklyn with winds of up to 135 miles an hour.


Habitat Loss Threatens Pygmy Elephants

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Satellite tracking of pygmy elephants has found that the endangered animals _ unique to Borneo island _ are under threat due to logging and commercial plantations encroaching on their habitat, conservationists said Thursday.


Rescue comes too late as Yangtze River dolphin declared extinct

A Freshwater dolphin species has been declared extinct after desperate efforts to rescue it came too late.

One British zoologist yesterday described the loss of the Yangtze River dolphin as a "shocking tragedy". It is the first extinction of a large vertebrate for more than 50 years.

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Dramatic tree death increase in California since 1983 linked to warming

Federal scientists have found that tree deaths in the Sierra Nevada increased over the past two decades, coinciding with rising temperatures and drought conditions.

If temperatures continue to rise, temperate forests that receive little rain and snowfall are poised for die-backs, according to findings released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center.

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Subway flooding causes chaos for New York commuters

Flooding in New York's subway lines ground the city's morning commute to a halt on Wednesday, angering New Yorkers who are facing rail and utility fee hikes to support an aging infrastructure.

Every subway line into Manhattan was affected by flooding after a severe predawn storm sent roofs flying, toppled trees, submerged cars and inundated subway stations.

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Residents look at flooding outside their building in the Queens borough of New York early Wednesday.

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Tropical storm kills 11 in the Philippines

Tropical Storm Pabuk churned across the Philippines Wednesday, triggering deadly landslides before it moved into southern Taiwan, where it cut power and forced schools and business to close.

The death toll from a separate, unnamed storm in Vietnam rose to 34, with 17 missing and feared dead. The tropical storm, the worst to hit Vietnam this year, was downgraded to a depression on Monday, but heavy rains continued, the national weather center said.

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Strong earthquake hits Indonesia

A powerful earthquake has struck Indonesia's main island of Java near the capital, Jakarta.

The magnitude 7.5 quake hit at 0005 on Thursday (1705 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 289km (180 miles).