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January 28, 2015
Madagascar storm death toll climbs to 68
Antananarivo (AFP) Jan 27, 2015
Sixty eight people were killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago, according to new figures released Tuesday ahead of a national day of mourning. "The flag is to be at half-mast on Wednesday.... All festive activities are suspended," the government said. The hardest hit area of the Indian Ocean island saw 25 deaths, with the majority killed by landslides unleashed by the tropical storm known as Chedza on January 16 and 17. Three-quarters of the island was impacted ... read more

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Scientists who a decade ago found that global warming had doubled the risk of an extremely hot summer in Europe reported on Monday that such an event was now 10 times likelier. ... more
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