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21 September 2017 4:02 PM Mexico anxiously awaits the fate of a 12-year-old schoolgirl after deadly earthquake

MEXICO CITY — A sprawling earthquake recovery effort spanning several states turned intensely personal Thursday as Mexicans were riveted by an effort to save a 12-year-old girl who was pinned in the rubble of her elementary school. The drama played out live late Wednesday and early Thursday on the major news channels here, with television cameras tracking

21 September 2017 12:44 PM Mexico races to save 12-year-old girl as quake toll hits 237

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds as dawn broke on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and other possible survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from several disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday

20 September 2017 6:04 AM Election details for Kiwis living in Australia

Kiwis living in Australia have the option of voting in New Zealand's general election pitting the conservative Nationals government against Labour under new leader Jacinda Ardern. - NZ citizens living in Australia who have gone home at least once in the past three years are eligible to vote. - Voting for New Zealanders in Australia will close at 4pm AEST on Friday 2

20 September 2017 1:59 AM Moderate quake strikes New Zealand

Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck a few hundred kilometres off the southern coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, the country's seismic service said. According to Geonet, the quake hit at 1.43 p.m., 585 km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12 km. It caused moderate tremors, Xinhua news agency reported. It was initially classified 3

19 September 2017 10:30 PM Factory shed on fire near Haast

A fish factory shed in a remote area of the West Coast near Haast is on fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand senior communicator Daryl Ball said they received the call just before 9am to attend a 80m by 30m shed on fire at Neils Beach. Three helicopters with monsoon buckets and fire crews from Haast are at the scene and fire crews from Fox Glacier and Franz

19 September 2017 9:00 PM Body of fisherman found on West Coast

The Police National Dive Squad has recovered a body near the wreckage of fishing vessel Wendy J on the West Coast. The body was found on Tuesday afternoon and has yet to formally identified, say police, although the man is believed to be one of two who went missing last week. "A search of other areas of interest around the bay has failed to locate the second 1

19 September 2017 7:18 PM Strong earthquake shakes Mexico, damaging buildings and causing panic

MEXICO CITY — On the anniversary of its deadly 1985 earthquake, Mexico City again shook with terrifying force on Tuesday, as a 7.1-magnitude temblor damaged buildings, knocked out power and caused alarm throughout the capital. Just a couple of hours after a siren signaled an annual drill for this earthquake-prone city, the ground began to shake, walls 1

19 September 2017 7:00 PM Hawke’s Bay a microcosm of NZ’s growth and skill stresses

Famous for its wineries and orchards, Hawke’s Bay has a regional economy that is cyclical and heavily reliant on immigration. Shane Cowlishaw explores what effect a potential change of government could have - and what’s being done to get local young workers into jobs. Despite its sunshine and wine, Hawke’s Bay has always struggled with a relatively high unemployment 3

19 September 2017 11:41 AM Monster Hurricane Maria is back to Category 5 and barreling towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as 'widespread devastation' from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Its winds reached sustained maximum speeds of 160mph as it plowed into the tiny country - and forecasters warned it might become 1

19 September 2017 9:43 AM Hurricane Maria, merciless, clobbers Dominica, eyes Puerto Rico

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holding the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. Fierce winds and driving rain lashed mountainous Dominica for hours as Maria 3