Disasters / Accidents

Oil holds gains as Iraq, U.S.-Iran tension raises risks

Oil holds gains as Iraq, U.S.-Iran tension raises risks

Published 17/10/2017

Oil prices crept higher on Tuesday, holding on to gains made as fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces threatened supplies from northern Iraq while political tension rose between the United States and Iran. [more…]

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Published 16/10/2017

Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person. [more…]

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Published 13/10/2017

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. [more…]

Oil rallies on Chinese import boost and Mideast tensions

Oil rallies on Chinese import boost and Mideast tensions

Published 13/10/2017

Oil prices firmed on Friday as strong Chinese oil import data and turmoil in the Middle East boosted bulls in a market that has already shown signs of rebalancing after years of excess. [more…]

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

Published 13/10/2017

A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House of Representatives on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump expressing impatience with having to devote federal resources for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's recovery. [more…]

Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

Published 12/10/2017

A group of Britain's most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June. [more…]

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

Published 09/10/2017

Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma. [more…]

Oil up on lower U.S. rig count, expectation of ongoing Saudi output restraint

Oil up on lower U.S. rig count, expectation of ongoing Saudi output restraint

Published 09/10/2017

Oil prices edged up on Monday, after a 2 percent slide on Friday, as the number of rigs drilling for new oil in the United States dipped and on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output to support the market. [more…]

Rohingya refugee boat capsizes on way to Bangladesh, 12 dead: police

Rohingya refugee boat capsizes on way to Bangladesh, 12 dead: police

Published 09/10/2017

A boat carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bangladesh capsized and at least 12 people, most of them children, drowned, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced more than half a million people to flee. [more…]