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Argentina in mourning as floods kill 54

Argentina’s government declared three days of national mourning from Wednesday after massive flooding killed 54 people in Buenos Aires and the nearby university city of La Plata. At least 46 people died as flood waters hit La Plata about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, following historic rains…

U.S. boosts missile defense after North Korea warns of nuclear strike

The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam, as North Korea said Thursday it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on US targets. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose threats combined with its military capabilities represented a…

Think tank: North Korea has already restarted plutonium reactor

North Korea has already begun work to restart a plutonium production reactor in a sign that its confrontational rhetoric may not all be bluster, a US think tank said Wednesday. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said that a satellite photograph seen on March 27 indicated construction at the…

Carnival cruise ship involved in yet another mishap

Two dock workers were thrown into the water in a new mishap Wednesday involving a Carnival cruise ship, which broke free from moorings in a US port, the company said. One worker was reported missing after high winds caused the Carnival Triumph to break free in the Gulf Coast port…

SARS-like virus seems to cause deadly lung infection

A new and deadly virus that has killed 11 of the 17 patients treated for it in the Middle East and Britain appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs, researchers said. Six research monkeys infected with novel human coronavirus were found to quickly develop pneumonia, according to a…

North Korea: War could break out ‘today or tomorrow’

North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States. “The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”. Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as…

State Department offers $5 million for capture of Joseph Kony

The United States offered $5 million Wednesday for the capture of Lord’s Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, one of the world’s most wanted men, and posted rewards for three other rebel leaders evading trial for war crimes. The announcement came just as Uganda and Washington said they had been forced…

Obama heads West to keep guns push alive

President Barack Obama Wednesday said many proud gun owners backed sensible measures to stop an epidemic of firearms deaths, as he fought to keep his reform drive alive. Obama flew west to Colorado, a state where gun rights and frontier spirit is strong, but which has also seen lawmakers push…

Dementia cost expected to more than double by 2040: study

Dementia costs more each year in the United States than cancer or heart disease, with annual costs ranging from $157 billion to $215 billion, according to a study released Wednesday. Much of the costs come from long-term care giving, and the price tag is expected to more than double by…

Network of satellite guardians in space keep an eye out for natural disasters

Almost unknown to the public, a constellation of satellite guardians is flying overhead, and all it takes is a phone call for them to intervene when a country is hit by a storm, earthquake, tsunami or flood. Armed with cameras or ground radar, these Earth-observation satellites were sent into orbit…

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