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A schoolyard of a junior high school is seen flooded following heavy rains in Gero, Gifu prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods, nearly 60 dead

Jul. 8, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people have died in several days of flooding. Parts of Nagano...

A man walks on heavily damaged road following a heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, July 6, 2020. Rescue operations continued and rain threatened wider areas of the main island of Kyushu. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)

Death toll from flooding in Japan reaches 55, dozen missing

Jul. 7, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Soldiers used boats to rescue residents as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains that were expanding across the region on Tuesday. At least 55 people have died and a dozen remain missing. Pounding rain since late Friday in the southern region of Kyushu...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, testifies during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: Financial firms among big relief fund recipients

Jul. 6, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Treasury decision to identify hundreds of thousands of businesses that received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, created to preserve jobs at smaller businesses during the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The financial services industry received roughly $27 billion...

Official: Tree falls on garage in storm, 19 to hospitals

Jul. 6, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A large tree toppled onto a detached garage in a Maryland neighborhood where people attending a child's birthday party sought shelter from a storm, sending 19 people to hospitals Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies said one...

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Jul. 5, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats...

1st COVID-19 case in asylum seeker camp at US-Mexico border

Jun. 30, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — An international disaster relief organization reported Tuesday the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among migrants living in a tent encampment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Global Response Management said that one person in the Matamoros, Tamaulipas camp across...

This Sunday, June 28, 2020 photo provided by El Centro Fire Department shows a wildfire burning through an section of Niland, Calif. A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea. (Battalion Chief Joseph Bernal/El Centro Fire Department via AP)

Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

Jun. 30, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. The fire erupted Sunday evening in Niland, a small and poor agricultural community about 100 miles (160 kilometers)...

This satellite image provided by Manar Technologies taken June 17, 2020, shows the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Seawater seeping into decaying oil tanker off Yemen coast

Jun. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes....

Ukraine's Emergency Situation workers evacuate residents of the flooded village of Lanchyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 200 villages in the Carpathian mountains were flooded after heavy rains. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine asks EU, NATO to help deal with damage from floods

Jun. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday asked the European Union and NATO for help coping with the aftermath of massive floods in the country's west. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it hopes both the EU and NATO will step up to help protect critical infrastructure and to ease...