Puerto Rican deaths from Hurricane Maria far higher than reported, researchers say

Hurricane Maria claimed 73 times more lives in Puerto Rico than the official death toll of 64, according to new calculations based on a survey of thousands of residents by a team from Harvard and elsewhere. The group estimates that 4,645 people died between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, 2017 as a direct or indirect result of the Category 4 storm, and one-third perished because of ...

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Kilauea volcano lava covers potentially explosive well in Hawaii

Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano has covered a potentially explosive well at a geothermal power station and threatened another, after flowing onto the site, officials said. The Hawaii Civil Defence Agency said the wells “are stable and secure”, and Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige said the plant was “sufficiently safe” from the lava that has plowed through backyards and streets and ...

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U.S. Gulf Coast states brace for subtropical storm Alberto

Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast were largely empty Sunday as a slowly intensifying storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approached. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season — prompted Florida, Alabama and Mississippi to launch emergency preparations Saturday. Rough conditions were expected to roil ...

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Maritime organization approves two-way shipping routes in Bering Strait

An international agency that sets standards for marine safety has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait. The International Maritime Organization, an arm of the United Nations, accepted routes proposed by the United States and Russia for safe navigation in the water between Alaska and Russia’s Chukotskiy Peninsula. The action designated routes for northbound and ...

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Trump’s withdrawal from North Korea summit weakens optimism in South

For weeks now — ever since TV pictures of a charming-looking Kim Jong-un captivated South Koreans — people have flocked to observation posts like the one at Odusan to peer, curiously, into North Korea. The raised platforms at this lookout 35 kilometres north of Seoul have become more crowded. People casting their eyes northward seem more sentimental. Maybe North Korea isn’t ...

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