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More than 25,000 flee Indonesian volcano

Villagers watch Mount Sinabung release pyroclastic flows in Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September, forcing thousands of people who live around it slopes to flee their homes. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia, an official said Sunday.

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash up to 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) in the air “several times” on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency emergency response director Tri Budiarto told AFP.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Aquino to spread holiday cheer to calamity areas

President Benigno Aquino III. AP

President Benigno Aquino III will spread Christmas cheer Sunday to victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban City and other areas hit by disasters this year.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Luzon

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A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred late Wednesday evening in Pangasinan province in Central Luzon.

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

In the eye of the storm: TV reporter tells his story

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For the first time in the many years that I have been a television journalist, I prayed hard while I did my work, as if it were my last assignment.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Families anxiously seek missing amid ‘Yolanda’ devastation

Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. The typhoon, known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia but called Yolanda in the Philippines, was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. AP FILE PHOTO

Marife Tabiola was playing with other children at a refuge in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban when her adoptive father walked in, having flown from Saudi Arabia after learning via Facebook she had survived the Philippines typhoon.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »