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Thousands flee from 'monster' wildfire on Canary Islands

Aug. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the local fire department as "a monster"...

Nepal protesters urge end to plan to chop trees for airport

Aug. 19, 2019 3:58 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Around 100 people protested in Nepal's capital on Monday to voice their opposition to plans to cut down millions of trees to build an international airport in the southern part of the country. The protesters picketed the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the...

Bodies found at site of China rockslide with 17 missing

Aug. 18, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Teams have begun recovering bodies at a railway repair site in southwestern China where 17 workers were buried by rocks. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that four bodies had been retrieved from the section of the Chengu-Kunming railway in Sichuan province's Ganluo county where...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

The Latest: Denali National Park plans to fully reopen road

Aug. 17, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on transportation problems in Alaska's Denali National Park (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The road that goes through Denali National Park and Preserve will be fully open at 5 a.m. Sunday. The park's superintendent says in a statement that crews spent Saturday...

Rainstorm floods markets, underpasses in Istanbul; 1 dead

Aug. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy rains have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, flooding streets and basements, stranding drivers on roads and disrupting rail and ferry services. At least one person was found dead inside a flooded underpass, the private DHA news agency reported. Haberturk television said Saturday's...

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory. The sound of marching boots...

German shipping firm: 8 crew seized by pirates off Cameroon

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German shipping company says pirates have abducted eight crew members from one of its vessels off the coast of West Africa. Shipping company MC-Schiffahrt said on its website that pirates attacked the MarMalaita late Wednesday while it was anchored off Douala, Cameroon. The Hamburg-based...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Aug. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting...