Accidents and disasters

Macron says Russia can’t win in Ukraine after strike on mall

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine — France’s president denounced Russia’s fiery airstrike on a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine as a “new war crime” Tuesday and vowed the West’s support for Kyiv would not waver, saying Moscow “cannot and should not win” the war. The strike, which killed at least 18 people in the central city of Kremenchuk, …

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Destruction everywhere, help scarce after Afghanistan quake

GAYAN, Afghanistan — When the ground heaved from last week’s earthquake in Afghanistan, Nahim Gul’s stone-and-mud house collapsed on top of him. He clawed through the rubble in the pre-dawn darkness, choking on dust as he searched for his father and two sisters. He doesn’t know how many hours of digging passed before he caught …

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1 dead, 1 missing, others rescued in Philippine ferry fire

MANILA, Philippines — An inter-island ferry with 165 passengers and crew caught fire off a central Philippine province Sunday, leaving one dead and another missing while the rest were safely rescued, the coast guard said. The fire hit the vessel Mama Mary Chloe shortly after noon near two island villages in Bohol province, coast guard …

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Moderate quake jolts southern Iranian province, killing 1

TEHRAN, Iran — A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck a southern Iranian province Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 30 others, Iranian media reported. The quake 22 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Kish Island in Hormozgan province happened at 8:07 a.m. local time and struck at a depth of 22 kilometers (14 …

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Pakistan plane carrying aid joins Afghan quake relief effort

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected people landed at the Khost airport on Saturday, officials said, as tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region. Thousands were left homeless or injured by this week’s powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, which state media said killed 1,150 people. …

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Israeli planes help fight blaze in Cyprus’ breakaway north

Israel has dispatched two firefighting aircraft to help battle a large fire that has scorched at least 10,000 acres of forest on the foothills of the Pentadaktylos mountain range in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus NICOSIA, Cyprus — Israel on Thursday dispatched two firefighting aircraft to help battle a large blaze that has …

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Japanese architect Ban wins prestigious Spanish prize

MADRID — Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of a prestigious Spanish prize Thursday for his pioneering work on designing temporary shelters for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards gave Ban its Concord Prize for “providing shelters that offer dignity” to those …

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Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 155 people

KABUL, Afghanistan — An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 155 people, authorities said. Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6 temblor that struck Paktika province. The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the detall and said rescuers were arriving by helicopter. “A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and …

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South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

BEIJING — Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected. The manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. In the neighboring province of Jiangxi, almost 500,000 people have seen damage to their …

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AP PHOTOS: India, Bangladesh floods destroy homes, lives

SYLHET, Bangladesh — Early and strong monsoon rains have brought heavy flooding to northeastern India and Bangladesh, killing dozens of people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and cutting millions off from crucial supplies. In the particularly hard-hit area of Sylhet in Bangladesh, villagers waded, swam and paddled makeshift rafts or small skiffs to …

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