DAKAR – The United Nations said Tuesday that 377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy season in June. 2010 has seen the largest number of people affected
SANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean legislative commission is investigating reports that mining operators ignored danger warnings from a man who was later among 33 later trapped when a mine collapsed.Deputy Carlos Vilches, a commission member, said Tu

rangers v valencia

Rangers manager Walter Smith is hoping to have Kirk Broadfoot at his disposal for the Champions League Group C clash with Valencia at Ibrox on Wednesday.The defender was missing at the weekend with a foot injury, but midfielder Lee McCulloch will no

france faces more protests as pension vote looms

PARIS – France braced for another day of public sector strikes and protests on Wednesday against unpopular pension reforms which are expected to be put before the Senate for a final vote later this week.Trade unions riding a wave of voter sup

victims pleaded for lives before being murdered

BELLEVILLE, Ontario – The commander of Canada's largest air force base stalked, repeatedly raped and killed two women as they pleaded for their lives, prosecutors said Tuesday at the colonel's sentencing hearing.Col.Russell Williams, who once

change global economic model to save biodiversity

MANILA The global economy must be radically altered to put a value on forests, reefs and other elements of nature but the financial benefits of doing so will be enormous, a UN-backed report said Wednesday.The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversi

bhp billiton future 'positive' hikes production

SYDNEY The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton Wednesday reported a boost in iron ore output and production records in petroleum and natural gas in a strong quarter.BHP said it increased output of 11 commodities in the three months to September a

spots and stripes tell the odyssey of the big cats

PARIS How did the leopard get his spots? In Rudyard Kipling's children's tale, the leopard was initially a greyish-yellowish catty-shaped kind of beast. He was hopeless at hunting until a kindly Ethiopian gave him spots with which to conceal hims

typhoon regains strength as it targets south china

CAUAYAN, Philippines A typhoon that killed at least 10 people in the Philippines was regaining its strength from the warm waters of the South China Sea on Wednesday and heading for the China coast east of Hong Kong.A full assessment of damage in t