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Mudflow threat builds with more lava, debris from Philippine volcano

The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the slopes of an erupting Philippine volcano where nearly 90,000 residents have been moved out of harm's way, authorities said Tuesday. Mount Mayon has spewed millions of tonnes of ash, rocks, lava and debris in less than three weeks, much of it loosely lodged on its burnt slopes and which experts warn could be dislodged by heavy rain. Activity continued overnight with "energetic lava effusion", while previously extruded lava was also collapsing on the crater, only to…

Space station debris shield floats away during spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL: A five-foot (1.5-meter) debris shield being installed on the International Space Station floated away on Thursday during a spacewalk by two veteran US astronauts, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Peggy Whitson, who became the world's most experienced female spacewalker during the outing, told ground control teams that a bag containing the debris shield floated away at about 10 a.m. EDT/1400 GMT. At the time, Whitson, 57, and station commander Shane Kimbrough, 49, were about midway through a planned 6.5-hour…

Turkey mails bombed parliament debris in New Year cards

It's a New Year's card with a message. Turkey has mailed thousands of diplomats and journalists a fragment of its bomb-damaged parliament, along with its wishes for a happy year of democracy. The national assembly in Ankara was hit by air strikes in July during a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was blamed by the government on the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. "This piece of marble that fell from the wall of the grand national assembly of Turkey... is presented to you as a symbol of…

Fed-up MH370 families to hunt for debris in Madagascar

KUALA LUMPUR: Relatives of MH370 passengers will travel to Madagascar next month in hopes of re-kindling efforts to find and recover seaborne debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet, next-of-kin association Voice370 said Monday. The Boeing 777 jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. It is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean, but an extensive deep-sea hunt off Australia's west coast has so far failed to find a single piece of…