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Evacuation around Philippines volcano complete: Arroyo
Manila, Aug 9, 2006
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said Wednesday 40,000 people had been successfully evacuated from the rumbling Mayon volcano and warned them not to go back to the danger zone. A two-day mandatory evacuation enforced by the military and local government has seen 39,422 people flee from villages surrounding Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, rescue officials in Albay provinc ... read more


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France, Italy, Portugal answer Spanish appeal for help fighting fires
Brussels, Aug 9, 2006
France, Italy and Portugal answered a Spanish appeal Wednesday for help from its EU partners to put out blazes ravaging its western Galicia region, the European Commission said. France and Italy both dispatched two Canadair fire-fighting airplanes to Galicia while neighboring Portugal sent 20 vehicles and 65 forest firefighters hours after Spain asked the commission for assistance. More ... more

Spain seeks EU help putting out fires
Brussels, Aug 9, 2006
The Spanish government has requested fire-fighting equipment from its EU partners to help put out blazes in the western Galicia region, the European Commission said Wednesday. Madrid sent the request to the commission early Wednesday seeking three Canadair fire-fighting airplanes, five helicopters equipped with special water buckets and 20 firetrucks, a spokesman for the EU executive said.


Nearly 40,000 flee erupting Philippines volcano
Legaspi, Philippines, Aug 9, 2006
== ATTENTION -, UPDATES evacuation complete /// Despite being hampered by communist rebels and reluctant residents, Philippine troops Wednesday completed the evacuation of nearly 40,000 people from around the rumbling Mayon volcano. A two-day drive by the military and local government has seen 39,422 people evacuated from villages around the country's most active volcano which is ... more

Arson investigated as 110 fires blaze in northern Spain
Madrid, Aug 9, 2006
Some 110 fires were burning Wednesday in Galicia, northern Spain, an official said, as police investigated claims, including from the environment minister, that arsonists had been at work. Sixty-seven of the 110 fires were out of control, according to a local government spokeswoman who said firefighters had spent the night trying to prevent the flames from spreading to homes. There was n ... more

Disputed water flows too late for Sri Lankan farmers
Kallar, Sri Lanka, Aug 9, 2006
== Disputed water began flowing to parched rice fields in this northeast Sri Lankan village Wednesday, but local farmers say a just-lifted rebel canal blockade has already impoverished them. Susira Kumara, one of the farmers affected, surveys his 7.4 acre (three hectare) rice field in Kallar and sighs at the crop withering under the tropical sun. His now-useless rice plants wi ... more

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    Spanish government sends unit to Galicia to fight fire-raisers
    Madrid, Aug 8, 2006
    ATTENTION -Portuguese fires /// Spanish police have sent a unit specialised in fighting organised crime to the northwestern region oF Galicia, where dozens of fires have been deliberately started, officials in Madrid said Tuesday. The blazes in the region have come within two kilometres (1.2 miles) of the famous city of Santiago de Compostela, the end of an historic pilgrim trail. ... more

    Hong Kong smog protest doesn't dim all the lights
    Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2006
    == ATTENTION -with protest /// Environmentalists led a protest against air pollution in Hong Kong Tuesday with a lights-out campaign that didn't shroud the city in darkness but added to the debate on the worsening problem. The legislative building and a handful of office towers joined what organisers estimated would be around a million citizens who heeded a call to switch off thei ... more

    Fishmerman surprised with swordfish catch off English coast:
    London, Aug 8, 2006
    A fisherman looking for salmon off the northeast coast of England caught a large swordfish far away from its natural habitat in the Mediterranean, experts said Tuesday. Peter Dent spotted the six-foot (1.8 meter) fish weighing 58 pounds (26.3 kilograms) caught in his salmon net Monday as he fished less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) off the coast of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland. He ... more

    Fire erupts in Colombia's Los Nevados park
    Bogota, Aug 8, 2006
    A blaze has erupted in a coffee-growing region of Colombia's high-Andes Los Nevados national park, local officials said Tuesday. The fire -- the second in the park in less than a month -- broke out Sunday, fueled by high temperatures and winds in the area, officials said. The officials did not give any figures about the size of the affected area of the park, which is a key source of wate ... more

    Portuguese capital reports 18 extra deaths during July heatwave
    Lisbon, Aug 8, 2006
    The main hospital in the centre of the Portuguese capital recorded 18 extra deaths last month while the country was suffering from a heatwave, a hospital official said Tuesday. The Sao Jose hospital recorded 37 deaths between July 7 and 18, when the mercury soared above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in Lisbon, compared to 19 deaths during the same time last year, the hospital's ... more

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    French farmers could get heatwave compensation
    Paris, Aug 8, 2006
    Almost half of all French districts are to ask for the right to compensate farmers for crops lost during a withering heatwave last month, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. Forty of the 96 departments in mainland France are to ask the government to declare them "agricultural disaster" zones, allowing them to release special financial aid for farmers. More than 100 people died in F ... more

    Philippine troops rush people off slopes of rumbling volcano
    Legaspi, Philippines, Aug 8, 2006
    =+PICTURE)= Troops fanned out across the slopes of the rumbling Mayon volcano in the central Philippines Tuesday to try to enforce the evacuation of villagers before a deadly eruption. Vulcanologists have warned the picturesque mountain in the centre of the country could blow at any time and the authorities have ordered all 35,000 nearby residents to leave their homes immediately. ... more

    Hong Kong prepares to dim lights in protest at rising pollution
    Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2006
    Environmentalists hope to shroud Hong Kong in darkness late Tuesday in a lights-out protest over rising pollution in the southern Chinese territory. As if to stress the point, grey smog blanketed the high-rise city as organisers made final appeals for citizens and corporations to switch off their lights for three minutes at 8:00pm (1200 GMT) to show their anger at worsening air quality. ... more

    Farmers refuse to leave slopes of rumbling Philippine volcano
    Matanag, Philippines, Aug 8, 2006
    == With two water buffalo dragging wooden sleds laden with sacks of dried coconut meat, farmer Bienvenido Belga descended the slope of the simmering Mayon volcano as an evacuation of tens of thosuands of residents moved into full swing. But after unloading the sacks, Belga hitched up his two bullocks and began another arduous ascent back up the volcano in the central Philippines t ... more

    New York heat wave kills 22: official
    New York, Aug 7, 2006
    A heat wave that scorched New York last week has killed 22 people and may claim additional lives, the office of the city's chief medical examiner said Monday. Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said the deaths were recorded late last week and that the toll could rise since exposure to heat can have lasting effects. "It usually takes two or three days," Ellen B ... more

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