More than 100 tons of petrol and kerosene spilled into a Vietnamese waterway after two vessels collided last week, an official said Saturday, in the latest case of growing industrial pollution.
About 40,000 liters of petrol, 70,000 liters of kerosene, and a load of construction material contaminated the Vam Co Dong river south of Ho Chi Minh City after the accident, a local official said.
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:16 UTC
Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace.
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 22:34 UTC
Some 45,000 people in Mozambique have been displaced by flooding along the Zambezi valley, authorities say.
They say between 150,000 and 200,000 people could be affected over the coming weeks if forecast rains fall in upper reaches of the valley.
An intellectual war of words has broken out between two of the world's leading evolutionists. Oxford University's Richard Dawkins and Harvard's Edward Wilson have gone head to head over the evolution of altruism in the animal kingdom, and whether it can have come about as a result of something called group selection.
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:24 UTC
Indiana, USA -- Flooded rivers began receding Wednesday across a swath of northern Indiana where three people drowned as melting snow and heavy rain swelled rivers during an unusual January warm streak.
Two of the victims were young children whose mother wasn't able to get them out of an SUV submerged in floodwaters.
Five deaths were blamed on flooding and tornadoes across the Midwest on Tuesday, the second day of severe weather fueled by unseasonable temperatures.
|A driver had a lucky escape in Broughshane, County Antrim when a tree fell on his vehicle as high winds swept across Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
Roads have been blocked by falling trees, ferries cancelled, bridges closed and thousands of people left without power as winds of almost 80mph buffeted Scotland and Northern Ireland today.
Heavy snow and bitterly cold weather have caused scores of deaths and major disruption in parts of Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Pakistan.
Some areas have seen snow for the first time in years, with people struggling to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures amid power shortages.
In Iran, heavy snow over recent days has seen eight people frozen to death after being trapped in their cars.
Tens of thousands of other motorists were rescued from their vehicles.
Some desert areas in Iran reported snowfalls for the first time in living memory.
Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano is poised for a major eruption, a volcanologist said Wednesday. Authorities last week evacuated 10 villages from its western slopes as a precaution.
|Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the central Oregon coast at 8:37 p.m. EST tonight, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southwest Canada Wednesday, shaking the Queen Charlotte Island region of British Colombia, the US Geological Survey said.