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World - Philippine cities most at risk from disasters, study shows

By Joseph D`Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Of the 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards, eight are in the Philippines, according to research which also showed that over half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters were found in four Asian nations. The study published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. It said of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 were located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and eight in Bangladesh. Of the 13 countries deemed least able to cope with natural disasters, 11 were in sub-Saharan Africa, with Somalia coming bottom for the fourth consecutive year, the study showed.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  14:43


World - Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention centre

At least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention centre in a northeastern Cairo neighbourhood, medical and security sources said. Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people were wounded in the fire. Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdellatif told state television the initial investigation showed the fire may have started in a closed office and spread through central air-conditioning vents.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  14:07


World - Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention hall

At least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention hall in a northeastern Cairo neighborhood, medical and security sources said. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, and the security sources said firefighters had not yet been able to extinguish the blaze. An Interior Ministry security source cited by state news agency MENA said the fire had reached the main hall. Health Ministry spokesman Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people wounded in the fire were being treated at the scene or have been transported to hospital.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  12:17


Business - Australia`s online retail sales slow to AU$16.6b year on year

Unlike last December, when the total Australian online retail sales index reached 11.9 percent year on year, the total online retail sales index for January 2015 was more subdued, due to a slowdown in domestic sales.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  05:17


Sports - Harden-less Rockets grounded by Hawks late rally

Rallying from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes, the Atlanta Hawks beat Houston 104-96, retaining the NBA`s best record with their fifth victory in a row. Taking advantage of a Rockets` squad playing without suspended scoring leader James Harden, the Hawks had 25 points from Jeff Teague, 18 points from Al Horford and 16 points and 14 rebounds from Paul Millsap. The Rockets outplayed Atlanta for most of the first three quarters, leading by as many as 18 points despite lacking Harden`s scoring touch as he served a one-game ban for kicking Cleveland superstar LeBron James in the groin in a Houston victory on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015  05:16


World - Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education

Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system. The protests were led by Turkey`s largest religious minority the Alevis, who adhere to an offshoot of Shia Islam, as well as leading education union Egitim Sen. It was not immediately clear how many pupils had failed to attend schools due to the boycott but Turkish media reports said it was followed in cities including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Edirne, and Antalya. Police used tear gas to disperse scores of protestors demonstrating in Ankara, an AFP photographer reported.

Friday, February 13, 2015  21:29


Sports - Golf-European Tour Turkish Open scores

Nov 14 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Turkish Open at the par-72 course on Friday in Antalya holesplayed rounds -13 Ian Poulter (Britain) 14 64 -10 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 13 65 -9 Brooks Koepka (U.S. ...

Friday, November 14, 2014  13:36


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Tuesday, March 03, 2015  13:45


World - Sevilla draws Villarreal in Europa League last 16

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Defending champion Sevilla will play Villarreal in an all-Spanish clash in the Europa League last 16, and Fiorentina plays Roma in an Italian derby.

Friday, February 27, 2015  13:20


World - Former pop star Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years in prison

LONDON (AP) — Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s.

Friday, February 27, 2015  12:44

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