Quake in remote west China kills 617, buries more

XINING, China – China poured rescue crews and equipment into a mountainous Tibetan region Thursday in a bid to find survivors more than a day after strong earthquakes killed more than 600 people and injured thousands. The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, …

The world’s most dangerous place for journalists

It’s a sickening time to be a journalist in the Philippines. At least 30 local reporters were among 57 people killed last week after being abducted and shot in the volatile south of the country, allegedly by the private army of a powerful Muslim clan that rules Maguindanao province. Other …

100 tons of food arrive from UN

MANILA, Philippines – The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country yesterday for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.” Stephen Anderson, WFP country director, said the first 100-metric-ton shipment of nutritious biscuits was loaded from …

Tropical Storm Ketsana left more than 450,000 people displaced.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQA0XJ7F4CE The Philippines government says 240 people have died in severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana. The disaster has also left more than 450,000 people displaced. But while flood waters recede, questions about the government’s response to the crisis have begun to surface. With homes still under water, many …