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Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel

Apo - A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period.

China's Tencent sorry for saying typhoon killed 'nearly everyone'

Bejing - Chinese internet giant Tencent has been forced to apologise after its video team reported that a typhoon had wiped out the entire population of a province in east China that is home to nearly 100 million people.

Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 44 in eastern China

Bejing - A monster storm that smashed its way up the eastern China coast and forced more than a million residents to flee has killed 44 people, state media said Monday.

At least 18 dead as Typhoon Lekima slams east China

Shanghai - At least 18 people were killed and 14 others missing as Typhoon Lekima lashed eastern China Saturday, downing thousands of trees and forcing more than a million people from their homes.

Super Typhoon Lekima barrels towards China

Bejing - China issued a red alert for incoming Super Typhoon Lekima which is expected to batter eastern Zhejiang province early Saturday with high winds and torrential rainfall.

Storms claim three lives in Italy

Rome - Freak storms and flash flooding following last week's heatwave in Italy claimed three lives this weekend, including a young woman caught up in a mini-tornado near Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Bangladesh flood death toll surpasses 100

Dhaka - The death toll from monsoon storms in Bangladesh rose above 100 Friday with flood levels still rising in many parts of the country, officials said.

Europe's record-setting heatwave to spike even higher

Paris - A dangerously intense heatwave across much of Europe is to spike even higher Thursday after already breaking records in several countries, impacting rail traffic and sending people in search of shade and water.

Trains slowed down as temperature records tumble in Europe

Paris - Trains were slowed down and holidaymakers flocked to swimming pools, beaches and lakes in western Europe on Wednesday as another heatwave set new temperature records.

France sweats in new record-breaking Europe heatwave

Paris - Tour de France cyclists competed in scorching temperatures and a French nuclear power plant prepared to shut down Tuesday as western Europe baked in a new heatwave already breaking longstanding records.

Monsoon toll tops 650 as rains unleash flood fury in South Asia

New Delhi - Severe floods and lightning have claimed the lives of more than 650 people across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, officials said Monday as the annual monsoon took its toll on the rainfed region.

India monsoons below 'normal' baseline amid water crisis

New Delhi - India's weather agency said Monday it was set to cut estimates for average monsoon rainfall after decades of below-normal downpours, with climate change causing greater variations.

Paris braces for record heat as Europe scorched again

Paris - Parisians were on Monday bracing for potentially the hottest ever temperature in the French capital this week as a new heatwave blasted into northern Europe that could set records in several countries.

'My entire world was gone': floods devastate northern Pakistan

Once a small cluster of houses stood along a gentle stream in Pakistani Kashmir. Now only jagged rocks and a few damaged homes remain after torrential rains wreaked havoc on the picturesque mountain village in the Laswa Valley.

'Nobody cares about us': Hunger and despair for India flood victims

Muzaffarpur - Chest-deep in brown, flowing monsoon water and holding bags of clothes and utensils above their heads, residents in the Indian state of Bihar are hungry and despairing."When many of us poor people drown, then the politicians suddenly take notice...

Fears of worsening floods as monsoon rains pound South Asia

New Delhi - Children have been swept away by floodwaters and others killed in landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains across south Asia as the death toll passed 250 Wednesday, with authorities bracing for worse weather in some regions.

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

New Delhi - Survivors scrambled for higher ground as torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia Tuesday, with millions of people affected and at least 180 dead, officials said.

Fourteen killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

New Delhi - Fourteen people were killed when a building collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rains which have left more than 130 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday.

Tropical Storm Barry pelts Louisiana, millions brace for flooding

Abbeville - Major storm Barry slammed into Louisiana on Saturday, pelting the region with heavy rain and ferocious winds as millions of Americans braced for the serious flooding expected to follow.

Braced for Barry: New Orleans girds for 'extreme' storm

New Orleans - Tropical Storm Barry gathered strength Friday as it chugged toward water-logged New Orleans, which girded for heavy rains, storm surge and flooding that pose a threat reminiscent of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina.

US banks must consider climate risk: Fed's Powell

Washington - Risk from severe weather events is not usually linked to banks but increasingly must be included in their planning, the US central bank chief said Wednesday.

Tropical 'Home Brew' system threatens Gulf Coast this week

A broad low-pressure area has emerged over Apalachee Bay in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In their 2 p.m. forecast Tuesday, forecasters estimated there’s an 80 percent chance of Tropical cyclone formation in the next few days.

Artificial intelligence used to predict lightning strikes

Munich - Scientists have developed an AI digital process to predict lightning and thunder. The system is designed to help with weather forecasting and for taking emergency actions in the event of predicted adverse weather.

Another death as heavy rains prompt evacuations in Japan

Apo - Torrential rains killed one woman and caused flooding and landslides in southern Japan on Thursday, authorities said, as they began lifting evacuation orders that had been in place for over one million people.

At least five dead following Haiti downpour

Port-au-prince - At least five people were killed and three are missing in Haiti after a torrential downpour buffeted the capital of Port-au-Prince, the country's civil protection agency said Wednesday.

Wall collapse kills 18 as monsoon chaos hits Mumbai

Mumbai - At least 18 people were killed in Mumbai Tuesday when a wall collapsed as the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade brought chaos to India's financial capital and surrounding areas.

Monsoon rains soak India's financial capital

Mumbai - Heavy rains flooded parts of India's financial capital of Mumbai on Monday, as the country's four-month summer monsoon swung into full force.

Cooler temps for parts of Europe as Germany, Italy bake some more

Paris - A welcome temperature drop came to western parts of Europe on Sunday, bringing relief to areas that have sweltered through a widespread, deadly heatwave for almost a week.

Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues

Madrid - Spain was hit by more wildfires as temperatures remained sky-high in the Europe-wide heatwave, authorities said Saturday, just as firefighters finally managed to contain another blaze.

Cool reprieve for parts of Europe as Germany roasts

Paris - A welcome dip in temperatures came to parts of Europe on Sunday, bringing relief to areas which have sweltered through a widespread, deadly heatwave for nearly a week.
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