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Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 9 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 5:38 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northern Madagascar, with nine dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the western town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

Ex-boyfriend pleads guilty in helpful-homeless-man scam

Dec. 6, 2019 2:25 PM EST

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Friday to a state charge stemming from a scheme that raked in more than $400,000 in online donations with a phony story about a homeless man helping a stranded woman. Mark D'Amico pleaded guilty in state Superior Court in Burlington County to...

Europe pledges additional support for quake-hit Albania

Dec. 5, 2019 12:50 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s head for crisis management on Thursday visited Albania to assess damages and reconstruction needs after last week’s powerful earthquake. The 6.4-magnited earthquake on Nov. 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. More than 11,000...

Rights group: Venezuela migrant kids left at risk in Brazil

Dec. 5, 2019 11:48 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of Venezuelan children are fleeing into Brazil alone and at risk of becoming homeless, abused or recruited by gangs, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The human rights group cited government figures indicating that over 500 children have crossed into the Brazilian state...

Men get plea deal in Smokies sexual assault of homeless men

Dec. 3, 2019 5:15 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men accused of taking homeless men to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rape them have agreed to a plea deal. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Dusty Oliver and Richard Graham have each agreed to plead guilty to two charges of aiding and abetting an aggravated sexual...

EU leads international help to Albania quake recovery

Dec. 2, 2019 9:55 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Dozens of structural engineers from Europe and elsewhere are heading to Albania to help rebuild the country after a devastating earthquake last month killed 51 people and destroyed thousands of buildings, officials said Monday. The European Union and the United Nations are...

Albania calls for international help to recover from quake

Dec. 1, 2019 6:01 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Sunday he has called on the international community financial aid and expert assistance to help the country recover from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed 51 persons and left thousands homeless. Prime Minister Edi Rama said the government was...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 30, 2019 11:16 AM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year Rudy Gruber evacuated his home. It was 2008, not 1978. A corrected version of the story is below: Most people who fled California wildfire allowed...

Albania’s search for quake victims ends; death toll up to 51

Nov. 30, 2019 8:52 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors in Albania has ended, the prime minister said Saturday, with the death toll at 51 and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins. Prime Minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital,...

Balkan countries rush to help in Albanian earthquake

Nov. 29, 2019 11:13 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In the initial hours after a deadly pre-dawn earthquake struck Albania, pancaking buildings and trapping dozens of sleeping people beneath the rubble, the country’s neighbors sprang into action. Offers of help flooded in from across Europe and beyond, with even traditional...