US & Canada

Raging Los Angeles wildfire destroys homes, prompts evacuations

California governor declares state of emergency as multiple wildfires rage across the state.

Raging Los Angeles wildfire destroys homes, prompts evacuations

US & Canada

In Pictures: Millions without power as California wildfires rage

About 180,000 residents asked to evacuate their homes and power cut for 2.3 million people, as authorities battle blaze.

In Pictures: Millions without power as California wildfires rage

US & Canada

California wildfires: Blazes rage at both ends of state

Wildfires are ripping through California at opposite ends of the state.

Natural disasters

'It was like judgment day': Lebanese devastated by wildfires

Amid criticism over gov't response, Lebanon doubles yearly average of forest loss in worst wildfire event in decades.

'It was like judgment day': Lebanese devastated by wildfires

Asia Pacific

Super typhoon Hagibis on track to drench Japan's main island

Japan’s weather agency warns the typhoon may bring torrential rains to central parts of country over the weekend.

Super typhoon Hagibis on track to drench Japan's main island

Japan

Fukushima: Japan court acquits three on criminal charges

Decision means no-one has been held criminally-responsible for the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Fukushima: Japan court acquits three on criminal charges

Latin America

Bolivia volunteers brave wildfires to save animals

An armadillo; a tortoise; a hawk; a boa constrictor - all are recovering thanks to the efforts of Bolivian veterinarians who travelled to the Nembi Guasu Reserve to rescue animals injured by the fires.

Puerto Rico

US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programmes

Democrats slam the decision, saying to move funds 'on the eve of hurricane season is stunningly reckless'.

 US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programmes

Reporter's Notebook

Tracking wildfires from space via a newsroom computer

Forest fires will continue around the world but detection methods by space agencies make tracking easier than ever.

Tracking wildfires from space via a newsroom computer

Philippines

At least 11 drown as three boats capsize in Philippines

Official says 63 survivors were pulled from the water after 3 ferries capsized in bad weather.

Several drown after three boats capsize in Philippines

AJ Impact

'Locusts! Locusts!': Pakistan's crucial cotton crop under threat

The war in Yemen has prevented its authorities from controlling the insects, which now threaten Pakistani agriculture.

'Locusts! Locusts!': Pakistan's crucial cotton crop under threat

United States

Alaska record-breaking heatwave exacerbating wildfires

Firefighting staff are already stretched thin and exhausted from battling the massive blaze, but the heatwave may continue for weeks.

Asia Pacific

Japan orders over a million to evacuate amid torrential rains

A total of 1.1 million people in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures have been ordered to shelters, authorities say.

Japan orders over a million to evacuate amid torrential rains

India

Cyclone Fani, the most powerful storm to hit India in 20 years

The strong cyclone is expected to weaken as it moves to West Bengal and Meghalaya state and then on to Bangladesh.

Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth survivors struggle for food and supplies

Some of those who survived Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique are short on food and aid workers say those in remote areas are still waiting on supplies.