One week on, jittery Mexico far from coming to grips with earthquake

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:09 PM

A week after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, a shaken Mexico is torn between trying to get back to normal and keeping up an increasingly hopeless search for survivors

CRUCIAL HOURS. Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers search for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Food aid, face masks dispatched to Bali as 75,000 flee volcano

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Mount Agung, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 – a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry

READY. A farmer moves cattle from his land in Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017, as Mount Agung volcano looms in the background. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Blame starts to fly over Mexico earthquake collapses

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Political analysts say the quake underlines the government's lack of credibility, less than a year out from presidential elections

STILL SEARCHING. Rescuers work in a building toppled by a magnitude 7.1 quake that struck central Mexico almost a week ago, in Mexico City, on September 25, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

5 days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:37 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are still listening to anguished families who insist that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of sites

RUBBLE. Rescuers search for survivors amid the debris and rubble from a flattened building in Mexico City on September 23, 2017, four days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Motorist in critical condition after crash in Ortigas

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The motorist incurs brain injuries after falling into an excavation along Ortigas Avenue extension

Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Businessmen in ties, students in jeans, doctors in scrubs and other ordinary people from all walks of life have joined professional rescue teams in Mexico City

HELPING HAND. Volunteers clean the debris from damaged houses in Jojutla de Juarez on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Enrique Castro Sanchez/AFP

Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll stands at 233, and President Enrique Peña Nieto warning the figure would likely rise

SEARCH SITE. This aerial view shows rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers searching for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Mario Vasquez/AFP

Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew works through the night in their desperate search for survivors in a collapsed elementary school

FLATTENED. Mexican rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City on September 20, 2017. Mario Vasquez/AFP

'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

Scramble for survivors as quake flattens Mexico City buildings

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:54 AM

In a scene reproduced in streets across the city center, dozens of people scrambled with bare hands to remove rubble from atop a concertinaed building as they waited for specialized machinery to arrive

SCRAMBLE FOR SURVIVORS. Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Yuri Cortez/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

21 children among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:00 AM

(5th UPDATE) Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City – home to 20 million people – claw through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies

RUBBLE. Rescuers work on the rubble from a building knocked down by a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Hurricane Maria wreaks devastation in Dominica

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:59 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appeals for 'help of all kinds' but notes specifically that helicopters will be needed so that authorities can survey the damage

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

8 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The nursing home deaths brings the total number of storm related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrates the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state

MEDIA HUDDLE. City officials and medical staff address the media outside of a rehabilitation center in the city where patients were found dead September 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Angel Valentin/Getty Images/AFP

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Irma is projected to become a tropical storm as it moves into northern Florida or southern Georgia

ASHORE. A boat is washed on shore at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

British Virgin Islands premier pleads for long-term UK help post-Irma

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:32 AM

We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core

A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 10, 2017 shows destruction in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands left by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017. LPhoto Joel Rouse / British Ministry of Defense / Crown Copyright / AFP

Hurricane Irma lashes Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:41 AM

UPDATED Irma is threatening dangerous storm surges of up to 15 feet 4 5 meters enough to cover a house as it collides with Florida after sowing devastation through the Caribbean

PUMMELED. Palm trees blow in the wind as Hurricane Irma arrives into southwest Florida on September 10, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Jose: Top alert for St Martin, St Barts

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

France s meteorological agency issues its highest warning for the Caribbean islands of St Martin and St Barts as Hurricane Jose bears down 3 days after Hurricane Irma

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Jose an 'extremely dangerous' Category Four hurricane – monitors

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED The extremely dangerous storm is located in the Atlantic Ocean 415 miles

Mass exodus in Florida as Hurricane Irma closes in

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew which killed 65 people in 1992 Florida s governor says all of the state s 20 6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate

CALM BEFORE THE STORM. A nearly-deserted beach after residents and visitors evacuated from Miami Beach, Florida, September 7, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma.  Saul Loeb/AFP

Toll in Mexico earthquake rises to at least 32

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:12 PM

7th UPDATE It is the strongest to hit quake prone Mexico at least since 1985 when an 8 1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 10 000 people

SHAKEN. View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on September 8, 2017. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Hurricane Jose strengthens, but set to bypass land – weather service

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Hurricane Jose a Category 1 storm packing winds of about 135 kilometers per hour 85 miles per hour is approaching the Caribbean hot on the heels of Irma but will likely bypass land

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

9 dead as Hurricane Irma rips through Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:22 AM

UPDATED St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife – suffered the full fury of the storm with rescuers on the French side of the island saying at least 8 people had died there

DECIMATED. A picture released by Facebook user Kevin Barralon on September 7, 2017 shows a damaged street of Gustavia on the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Barthelemy in the Caribbean following hurricane Irma. Kevin Barrallon / Facebook / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

DFA warns 153,000 Filipinos in the path of Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano advises affected Filipinos in the US to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety

PREPARING FOR IRMA. Costco runs out of water as people shop to prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017 in North Miami. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

Monster Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Barbuda in Caribbean

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The eye of the rare Category Five storm passed over Barbuda around 2 am 0600 GMT packing winds gusting at up to 185 mph 295 kph the NHC says

Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

Japan Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

JAL: It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine during take off

In this file photo, the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower is seen with the city skyline as a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777 takes off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on August 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Caribbean girds for Hurricane Irma's threat

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED The US National Hurricane Center said at 2100 GMT that the storm was packing top sustained winds of 130 mph 215 km h

DEADLY. Hurricane Irma nearing the Leeward Islands. Image courtesy NOAA

Huge blaze forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The federal government also declared state of emergencies in Montana and Washington state where thousands of people have been evacuated

BURNING. Flames rise from the La Tune Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

'Blockbuster' WWII bomb forces evacuation of 60,000 in Frankfurt

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:05 AM

4th UPDATE The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post war Germany says Frankfurt s security chief

UNCOVERED. Frank Bender (L) and Marco Ofenstein of Rhineland-Palatinate's bomb disposal team inspect on September 1, 2017 a US aerial bomb of World War II that was found in Koblenz, western Germany. Thomas Frey / dpa / AFP

Trump visits evacuees at shelter in storm-battered Houston

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The sprawling Texas city was taking tentative steps back to normalcy after a week of flooding that damaged 40 000 to 50 000 homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing to emergency shelters

WITH THE KIDS. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump listen to children, victims of Hurricane Harvey, at NRG Center in Houston on September 2, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Plume from flooded Texas chemical plant 'incredibly dangerous' – FEMA

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The plant operated by Arkema Inc produces organic peroxides which have a number of commercial uses including plastics pharmaceuticals and construction materials

BROCK LONG. FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks at a press conference regarding rescue operations from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, on August 28, 2017 at the FEMA headquarters in Washington DC. Photo by Paul Handley/ AFP

Texas chemical plant owners 'fully expect' more fires

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:31 PM

4th UPDATE We re anticipating the remaining 8 containers that have not yet started to have product degrade in them for that to start to happen Rennard tells reporters cautioning it was unclear when the containers would burn

BLOCKING CROSBY. A Harris County Sheriff vehicle blocks access on the Crosby Dayton Road which leads towards the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas on August 31, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Texas flood toll mounts amid chemical blast fears

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED So far officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm and there is little doubt the toll will rise further

TO SAFETY. Evacuees sit on a boat after being rescued from flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Harvey makes second landfall, hitting Louisiana

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED Now a tropical storm Harvey made landfall just west of the town of Cameron the National Hurricane Center says

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Harvey floodwaters climb as Texas rescuers scramble to find survivors

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED The full scale of the catastrophe s impact – including the number of deaths and the extent of destruction – remains difficult for authorities to gauge as rescue efforts are ongoing and the storm is expected to strike once more

FROM HIGHWAY TO WATERWAY. People view the flooded highways in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:54 AM

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm's return

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

EVACUATION. People evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Human chains and jet skis: Texans come to the rescue

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:46 PM

With the official emergency services overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster in Houston the fourth biggest city in the United States it was sometimes left to an army of volunteers to save the day

People are rescued from a hotel by boat after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in Houston, Texas on August 27, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Houston shelters overwhelmed as Louisiana braces for monster storm

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:32 AM

4th UPDATE Massive flooding unleashed by deadly monster storm Harvey leaves Houston – the fourth largest city in the United States – increasingly isolated

INUNDATED. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP