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Bad weather slows down Internet across Asia

ARE you somewhere in Asia and experiencing slower-than-usual Internet speed lately? If so, you might not be alone,  and it’s all because of the really rough weather. A recent report said the two powerful typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which struck Hong Kong late last month have broken four …

Tired of the cold wait, Nepal quake survivors rebuild

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — People who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal nearly two years ago are tired of waiting for help to rebuild. The slow pace of distributing government grant money for rebuilding has left many people to spend their second winter without a home. …

Nepal fires chief of earthquake reconstruction agency

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s government on Wednesday fired the chief of the agency assigned to rebuild the nearly 1 million homes and other structures damaged in a devastating 2015 earthquake, officials said. The government removed Sushil Gyewali from his post because of delays in the reconstruction work, said Information …

Vatican nativity scene includes quake-damaged church spire

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s Christmas nativity scene has an unusual addition this year: a spire from one of the dozens of churches and basilicas that were damaged or destroyed in this year’s central Italy earthquakes. The spire from the St. Benedict Basilica in Norcia, along with some rubble, …