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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...

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...

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...

The Latest: 2nd ship needs rescue off Norway's western coast

Mar. 23, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on the Viking Sky cruise ship, which is having engine problems off the coast of Norway (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Norwegian rescue authorities say a freighter has experienced an engine seizure in the same stormy Hustadsvika Bay region off western Norway where hundreds of people...

Tens of thousands in southern Africa need help after cyclone

Mar. 23, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated a large swath of Mozambique. Members of the Indian and South African militaries are joining aid groups in flying over stretches of central Mozambique as they look for signs...

Teens: Mother of 2 drowned boys needs mercy, not charges

Mar. 22, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two of the Mississippi teenagers who helped rescue a toddler as her mother's sport utility vehicle was sinking in a creek say they are glad a judge has dropped charges against the woman, whose other two children drowned as the unattended vehicle slipped underwater. Bobby Johnson, who...

Protesters block Iraq president's pathway over ferry sinking

Mar. 22, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in protest....

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding...