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Storm Gloria kills 11 in Spain, causes wide coastal damage

MADRID (AP) — A calamitous storm has killed at least 11 people in Spain and left five others missing, as well as causing rivers to overflow their banks and contaminating vast agricultural areas in eastern Spain with salty seawater. New reports of disappearances in northeastern Catalonia and the Mediterranean nation’s Balearic Islands increased fears that […]

Witness recalls panic after children swept to sea in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joanne Cornelius had just finished taking photos of the breathtaking waves and extreme high tide outside her home on the Oregon coast when a frantic woman pounded on her window and asked her to call 911. Children had been washed out to sea by a wave, the woman said. A family […]

60 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia’s capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 60 people dead in and around Indonesia’s capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in the greater Jakarta area and caused […]

Indonesia capital floods leave 43 dead, 397,000 displaced

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital rose to 43 of Friday as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials said. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 182 neighborhoods in greater Jakarta and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts on the city’s outskirts as […]

Survivor of boat disaster: ‘Sleeping to swimming’ in minutes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of an Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming” in minutes as rough seas and ice battered their vessel on New Year’s Eve. “On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on the starboard side,” Dean Gribble […]

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five fishermen missing after a crab boat sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Two other crew members were rescued after the disaster Tuesday, telling authorities they were […]

Thousands in Belarus reenact Napoleonic Wars battle

BORISOV, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of people have taken part in a reenactment of the Battle of Berezina, one of the major clashes of the Napoleonic Wars. Reenactors were in full period costume for the event Sunday near the city of Borisov in Belarus. The battle took place in late November 1812 as Napoleon’s army […]

French courts face touchy test: Is helping migrants a crime?

LYON, France (AP) — A French court is to rule Thursday on whether to convict a mountain guide of helping migrants enter the country illegally — the latest case that is testing France’s “principle of fraternity” allowing humanitarian aid for irregular migrants. The cases have centered on the Alps, where migrants traverse snowy passes between […]

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