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Amazon rain forest destruction data revised by Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil — The amount of Amazon rain forest destroyed last year was still the lowest since tracking began two decades ago, even though it has been revised upward by the Brazilian government.

As risks from disasters rise, UN chief calls for better preparedness

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for accelerated efforts to strengthen the capacity to withstand disasters across the world, saying the destruction wrought by such events can be avoided or m

UN marks 10th anniversary of Buddha statues’ destruction in Afghanistan

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the giant Buddha statues of Bamiyan, in Afghanistan, by the then-ruling fundamentalist Islamic Taliban, the United Nations cultural chief today

Kasubi caretakers should learn from tragedy of destruction of tombs

The destruction of the Kasubi Tombs World Heritage site left many sharing the grief of the lost heritage of Baganda, Bakiga, Teso, and Acholi. From the tourism industry, it was a similar story.

Central Chile hit by massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake

SANTIAGO, Chile – A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake capable of tremendous damage struck central Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital for a minute and a half and setting off a tsunami.

Earthquake devastates Haiti, collapsing hospital, damaging other buildings

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday afternoon, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help.

Typhoon Morakot slams China, Taiwan, 1 million evacuated

Typhoon Morakot has slammed into eastern China, killing a child, destroying hundreds of homes and submerging farmland.