MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister said on Monday she stands by a decision to shut more than half of the country's operating mines and bar mining in watershed zones ahead of an interagency meeting later in the day to review the move.
SAYABOURY, Laos (Reuters) - Dozens of elephants, adorned in bright colors and with garlands of flowers, paraded through a Laotian town on Saturday in a celebration of a species that has become increasingly scarce in the Southeast Asian country.
PARIS (Reuters) - Rapeseed in the EU's major growing countries was mostly in reasonable shape, despite localized damage caused by dry sowing conditions and winter frosts, keeping the EU on course for a rebound from last year's disappointing harvest.
LONDON (Reuters) - London will introduce a charge on the oldest and most polluting vehicles from October in a new effort to improve air quality, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday.
RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi train derailed near the eastern city of Dammam on Friday, injuring 18 people, after flooding from heavy rains caused the rail line to erode, the Saudi Railways Organization said in a statement.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 1,400 residents of New Zealand's Christchurch city returned home on Friday as firefighters contained a massive wildfire that led to their evacuation, destroying properties and power networks.