Pope Francis said he wants to go to the earthquake zone to bring comfort to the survivors

More bodies beneath rubble in Italy quake zone

28 Aug Rescuers believe they have found more bodies buried deep in the rubble of the ruined town of Amatrice, five days after a devastating earthquake struck central Italy, killing at least 290 people.

23 people were killed after two violent shocks 10 days apart in the Emilia Romagna region in May 2012

Timeline: Deadly quakes in Italy

25 Aug A look back at Italy's most deadly quakes over the past 30 years after hundreds of people were killed in a strong earthquake in mountainous central provinces yesterday.

30-50mm of rain is expected to fall across the country by 6pm

Wind, rainfall, and thunder warnings issued

20 Aug Met Éireann has issued separate wind, rainfall, and thunder weather warnings for most parts of the country, with strong gusts and thundery downpours expected throughout the day.

A hill on fire as firefighters monitor the Blue Cut Fire near Wrightwood

California wildfire rages unchecked

18 Aug A wildfire in California is raging virtually unchecked in thick brush after destroying dozens of houses near a highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and forcing as many as 80,000 residents to flee their homes.

Flames from the Blue Cut Fire threaten power lines north of Los Angeles

More than 82,000 flee California wildfires

17 Aug A rapidly spreading wildfire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people from their homes as the governor of California declared a state of emergency.

The record heat resulted from the combined influence of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño

2015 even hotter than 2014 record - climate report

02 Aug A new State of the Climate report based on contributions from more than 450 scientists from 62 countries has confirmed that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year since at least the mid-to-late 19th Century.