Wednesday 14 January 1998
Canada: The ice storms in Canada have claimed at least 15 lives, including deaths from hypothermia and those poisoned by carbon monoxide from makeshift heating devices. More than a million people are without power in Montreal and police and soldiers have been making door-to-door calls, in some cases forcing residents to move from freezing homes to warm shelters.
China: Increased plant disease, forest fires and insect pests are all predicted as China experiences its 12th consecutive warmer-than-average winter. This is the longest spell of warm winters this century.
Mexico: The mayor of Acapulco has submitted his resignation over his administration's lack or preparation for Hurricane Pauline, which killed at least 240 residents on 9 October. Officials were criticised for failing to prepare the city for flash floods, and for letting people build houses in dry riverbeds that came back to life.
Britain: In the mild January weather, birds have been seen nesting much earlier than usual, and hedgehogs have been coming out of hibernation. An RSPB spokesman said he didn't think it was anything to be concerned about yet, and a spokesman for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society said it was not unusual.
Life & Style blogs
Penis size study: what's 'normal' anyway?
Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
Penis size: is there a correlation with sexual satisfaction? A scientific look
Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 The majority of sex workers enjoy their job - why should we find that surprising?
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