Latest Deserts News

North Dakota OKs refinery construction near national park

Jun. 13, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department issued a permit Wednesday allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a project opposed by several national and regional conservation groups. The Davis Refinery still has other hurdles,...

Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing

Apr. 26, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Flash floods killed nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel's rescue service said. The casualties were all 18 years old. Israeli media said eight of the fatalities were female and one was male. Police said another hiker is still missing. Earlier,...

The Latest: Israel says 9 teens died in flash floods

Apr. 26, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the deadly flash floods in Israel (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Israel's rescue service says nine teenagers have died in flash floods while hiking south of the Dead Sea. It says they were all 18 years old. Israeli media say that eight of the fatalities were female and one was...

Colors of Tunisia: Sea, sand, medinas and the Arab Spring

Apr. 23, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The colors of Tunisia's landscape change hourly with the light of the Mediterranean sun. Vermilion, sapphire, olive green, white, gold and ocher can all be seen in the sky, sea and sand. Visitors may be surprised by the varied hues of these contrasting landscapes: azure sea and...

Visiting the Tunisian desert where 'Star Wars' was filmed

Apr. 23, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

MATMATA, Tunisia (AP) — There's a reason the original "Star Wars" movie was filmed here in the deserts of southern Tunisia. This stark, remote landscape looks like another planet. One of Tunisia's vast desert regions is even called Tataouine, like Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tattoine. And the underground...