An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the coast of central Peru on Wednesday evening killing 337 people, injuring at least a thousand and triggering a tsunami warning for South America's central Pacific coast, according to the first reports from the media in the capital Lima.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization has announced that it will try to make all travel, accommodation and activities related to a climate change conference it is staging in early October carbon neutral to set an example about the benefits of offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
A week after share prices around the world first began to fall markets in Asia on Thursday were still on the way down following on the volatility that has gripped United States and European markets.
Chilean gas company Metrogas has succeeded in securing additional natural gas from Argentina to supply its needs for Santiago. The new agreement, dubbed the Uruguayan Formula, involves importing gas which was originally meant for Uruguay to Chile.
In spite of protests from the opposition and Roman Catholics Bishops conference President Hugo Chavez called for changes to Venezuela's constitution Wednesday night which would allow him to be re-elected indefinitely.
Defra has confirmed that two temporary control zones in Kent and Surrey, set up to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease, have been lifted.
United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the current turmoil in financial markets will slow economic growth but should not spark a recession, according to a report published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
About 39 Argentine war veterans from the 1982 Falkland/Malvinas conflict with Great Britain are expected to file a lawsuit before a federal judge in Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, accusing their officers of torture during the war.
Argentina's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Foods (SAGP&A) established strict limits on common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) catches with the purpose of safeguarding the species fisheries.
The death toll rose to 500 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Public services collapsed, emergency operations are slow in delivering and rescue efforts seem minimal compared to the magnitude of the tragedy.