Indonesia quake a record, risk of mega-quake grows
SINGAPORE – The powerful undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this week was a once in 2,000 years event, and although it resulted in only a few deaths, it increases the risks of a killer quake in the region, a leading seismologist said.
Analyst says Somali pirates have new weapons from Libya
CAPE TOWN – Somali pirates have acquired sophisticated weaponry, including mines and shoulder-held missile launchers from Libya, and are likely to use them in bolder attacks on shipping, a senior maritime security analyst said on Thursday (12/04/2012).
Africa’s economic future brighter than most think, says author
A growing number of optimists say Africa’s economies are set for take-off and decades of Asian-style growth.
Two quakes rattle Mexico
MEXICO CITY, April 12 (Reuters) – Two large earthquakes struck western Mexico, shaking buildings as far away as the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket
PYONGYANG – Impoverished North Korea rejected international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said on Wednesday (11/04/2012) that it was injecting fuel “as we speak”, meaning it could blast off as early as Thursday.
Chinese web giants promise to fight “rumours”
BEIJING – Three of China’s largest Internet companies have promised the government they will take steps to banish online rumours, state media said on Tuesday (10/04/2012), as the ruling Communist Party fights jitters over a tricky leadership transition.
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