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World 17 Jan 2022 | 5:34 AM

Distress signal prompts U.N. concern after Tonga volcanic eruption

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) -A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants.

World 16 Jan 2022 | 3:29 PM

Philippines to acquire 32 new Black Hawk helicopters

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is buying 32 S-70i Black Hawk helicopters from Poland-based Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary PZL Mielec to beef up its existing fleet of 12, the country's defence chief said on Sunday, as it seeks to boost its disaster response capabilities.