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4 buried in Swiss alpine avalanche

Mar. 24, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say four people are missing after being buried in an avalanche high in the Alps in the southwest of the country. Valais canton (state) police said Sunday on Twitter that the four were hit by the morning avalanche at 2,800 meters (9,200 foot) altitude in the Bovernier area near...

The Latest: Cruise ship line's founder: 'We've been lucky'

Mar. 24, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Viking Sky cruise ship that was stranded off the coast of Norway (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The chairman of the company that operates a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather Saturday praised the rescue operation by Norwegian...

Syrian fighters clear explosives in area retaken from IS

Mar. 24, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S-backed Syrian fighters on Sunday were clearing explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group a day after declaring military victory over the extremists and the end of their self-styled caliphate. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who goes...

Death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai rises to 446

Mar. 24, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities say the death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai is now 446. Environment minister Celso Correia said Sunday that nearly 110,000 people are now in camps more than a week after Cyclone Idai hit. As rescue efforts wind down, aid workers across the vast region are bracing...

Tugs tow Norway cruise ship after 463 rescued; 17 injured

Mar. 24, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said. Five helicopters flying in the pitch...

Mozambican families hunt for loved ones separated by cyclone

Mar. 24, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

BUZI, Mozambique (AP) — She struggled home with food, her small daughter and the proof she was still alive. Veronica Fatia huddled on a wooden boat that left the cyclone-shattered city of Beira for what was now the unknown: the flooded town of Buzi, which for a week people had been fleeing with little but...

Blast kills 8 children collecting scrap metal in Sudan

Mar. 24, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese officials say eight children have been killed in an explosion near a military facility where they were searching for scrap metal to resell. The officials say the explosion happened Saturday in Omdurman, the twin city of the capital, Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymity...

Another cyclone bears down on northwest Australian coast

Mar. 24, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Residents of Australia's northwest coast were bracing for a torrid night of fierce winds and heavy rain on Sunday as the country's second major cyclone of the weekend slowly wound toward land. A day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, slow-moving Cyclone...

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Mar. 24, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques. One of those watching from a wheelchair was 21-year-old Mustafa Boztas,...

Helicopters rescue Norway cruise ship passengers amid storm

Mar. 23, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Rescue workers off Norway's western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday, winching them one-by-one to safety as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side and high winds battered the operation. The Viking Sky issued a...