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Fire Risk Prompts Widening Ban on Smartphone Batteries Shipped Via Passenger Jets

Replacing your smartphone battery just got harder. Fearing cargo fires like one that caused a United Parcel Service Inc. freighter to crash into the desert near Dubai in 2010, at least 18 airlines have banned freight shipments of lithium-ion rechargeable …

UN Official Says Building Codes Need to be Enforced in Nepal

Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday. Earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed …

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Appoints Emerson to Lead Liability Claims Operation in Canada

Boston-based Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance named Paul Emerson as Head of Liability Claims in Canada. Paul comes to BHSI from the law firm of Clyde & Co Canada LLP. At Clyde & Co, Emerson specialized in coverage advice and litigation, …

Brick Business Booms as Nepal Rushes to Rebuild After Quake

The worn-out workers of Jaya Mayaswori Brick Factory are packing clay and hauling loads with a new sense of purpose – helping to rebuild Nepal after a series of massive earthquakes and aftershocks ravaged the Himalayan nation, leaving hundreds of …

Climate Change Affecting Frequency, Intensity of Hurricanes

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor. In a paper published today by Nature Climate Change, Professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung …

Passengers Tried to Open Plane Doors 12 Times This Year in China

Chinese air travelers have tried opening emergency doors without authorization 12 times in barely four months on planes that were taxiing or at a standstill, and one man was put on trial in the country’s first such legal case, the …

How a Dutch Hospital Stopped a Superbug Outbreak in Its Tracks

Specialized endoscopes that are used to perform a common medical procedure have contributed to at least 13 deaths and 121 injuries in recent years by spreading bacteria among patients. A panel of medical experts at the Food and Drug Administration …

India Proposes Lower Fines for Carmakers

India’s road transport ministry has lowered the proposed penalties for carmakers in the latest draft of the road safety bill that is to replace British-colonial-era laws governing the world’s deadliest roads. Penalties on automakers for producing vehicles with defects have …

More Avalanches Force Workers to Stop Search in Nepal

Fresh avalanches forced rescuers in a village buried by a landslide in northern Nepal to stop searching for bodies in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, officials said Sunday. The avalanches on Friday and Saturday made the work dangerous for …

XL Group Completes Catlin Acquisition, Launches New Brand

Following the completion of XL Group plc’s acquisition of Bermuda-based Catlin Group Limited on May 1, XL and Catlin have officially joined operations and launched a new brand, XL Catlin. A new global marketing campaign, reflecting the greater scale, ambition …

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