Six months after the U.N. declared Somalia's capital a famine zone, the number of refugees in the capital is dwindling, as most of the men have gone home to try to revive devastated herds and withered crops.
The women — and the kids — would like to join them, but many don't have enough money. That means fewer hands on the farm and a smaller harvest. Read More
The Philippine Red Cross says the death toll from a storm that ravaged a wide swath of the south has risen to 652 with 808 others still missing.
Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang said Sunday that flash floods set off by Tropical Storm Washi killed 346 people in Cagayan de Oro city and 206 in nearby Iligan city. Deaths were also reported in five other southern and central provinces. Read More
The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes.
A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Read More
An aerial view of tsunami-battered seaside communities shows striking progress eight months after Japan's March 11 disaster. Much of the rubble, crumpled cars and other debris are gone.
Yet seen from a helicopter Friday carrying Associated Press journalists, there were few signs of rebuilding along the rocky coastline.
The brown, barren void where bustling towns once stood is a sobering reminder of how much work still lies ahead. Read More
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As sure as tornadoes erupt and waters rise, there’s another certainty for this disaster-plagued spring of 2011: It’s going to cost the U.S. government a lot of money, likely much more than Congress has budgeted so far. Read More