Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that o...

Volcano victims were well-known Indian Americans in Atlanta

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girl...

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday. ...

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the ...

Philippine Ilocano basketball tourney tips off in Taichung

A two-day Lunar New Year basketball tournament for members of an international Philippine Ilocano organization opened in Taichung on Sunday, with hundreds gathering at a local park for the opening cer...

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands can return home

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than...

Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Her...

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting volcano lies, warning that living the...

Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

AGONCILLO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as mas...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you shoul...

AP Photos: Taal volcano emits ash, threatening more eruption

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Taal volcano near the Philippine capital emitted more ash clouds on Saturday, posing the threat of another eruption. The ash and steam explosions have ...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

A family flees their home on a motorcycle through thick ash ejected by Taal volcano in the northern Philippines. In other images from the Asia Pacific region this week, a man waves ...

Philippine volcano life-threatening despite `seeming lull'

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — An erupting Philippine volcano remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers no...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. STRIKING VISUALS WILL RULE THE DAY Chief Justice John Roberts and House pro...

Philippine volcano's quakes, cracks send more people fleeing

LEMERY, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano belched smaller plumes of ash Thursday but shuddered continuously with earthquakes and cracked roads in nearby towns, which were blockaded by police due...