The Health Ministry has put in place high alert programme in 26 districts, which are reported to be the most vulnerable for bird flu outbreak.

Two strong earthquakes rattled northern Japan on Thursday, but neither caused any apparent damage or a tsunami.

Around 6,000 people were evacuated Thursday after an explosion at a chemical plant near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported.

Four Himalayan nations facing the threat of weather changes have agreed to collaborate on ways to adapt to climate change after a two-day summit in Bhutan.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday declared central Bangkok safe from Thailand's worst floods in decades, as the death toll around the sodden kingdom approached 600.

Brazil is a world leader in the fight against hunger and its experience can be shared with other countries, visiting World Food Program chief Josette Sheeran said Monday.

A fairly strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has hit off the shores of Japan's southern Okinawa Island.

Floodwaters from Thailand's flood-ravaged central heartland pushed farther into Bangkok on Monday, as residents of long-submerged provinces north of the capital started to rebuild their lives.

The death toll from Thailand's worst floods in decades surged above 400 on Wednesday as public anger simmered over the authorities' handling of the crisis.

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said Wednesday it feared nuclear fission had resumed within one of its reactors despite a shutdown.

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