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Armani, others flee wildfire on Sicilian island retreat

Aug. 18, 2022 05:22 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Fashion designer Giorgio Armani and dozens of others were forced to flee from their vacation villas overnight as firefighters worked to extinguish the remnants of two wildfires on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria on Thursday. A photo shows flames that appear to...

Heavy rain pelts New Zealand, forcing hundreds to evacuate

Aug. 18, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Heavy rain continued to pelt New Zealand on Thursday, causing further disruptions and road closures from a storm that has already forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Residents in the northern part of North Island found themselves...

Fire closes highway, prompts evacuations near Spokane

Aug. 17, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire has closed part of a highway and prompted mandatory evacuations south of Spokane. The Washington State Patrol on Wednesday afternoon reported a rapidly moving brush fire at State Route 195 near Excelsior Road. Officials said fire crews were at the...

EXPLAINER: Dueling views remain a year after Afghan pullout

Aug. 17, 2022 06:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after America's tumultuous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, assessments of its impact are divided — and largely along partisan lines. Critics slam the August 2021 evacuation of more than 120,000 American citizens, Afghans and others as poorly...

Explosions rock Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

Aug. 16, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week, forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people. Russia blamed the blasts in the...

Boredom, loneliness plague Ukrainian youth near front line

Aug. 15, 2022 02:29 AM EDT

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Anastasiia Aleksandrova doesn’t even look up from her phone when the thunder of nearby artillery booms through the modest home the 12-year-old shares with her grandparents on the outskirts of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine. With no one her age left in her...

French wildfire stops expanding; workers seek to tame it

Aug. 14, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged pine forests in a tourist-beloved area of southwestern France has stopped expanding after rain fell and firefighters worked Sunday to tame it. Ronan Léaustic, an official in the Gironde region, said 8,000 evacuated residents have been...

Major wildfire in Spain forces the evacuation of 1,500

Aug. 14, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said. The head of the local Aragon government, Javier Lamban, said Sunday...

Evacuation ends near chemical-laden rail car in California

Aug. 13, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — Remaining evacuations orders for a Southern California neighborhood were lifted Saturday after authorities cooled down a railroad tank car filled with an overheated chemical they had feared could explode. No injuries were reported in the situation that began...

Boiling chemical on rail car forces evacuation in California

Aug. 12, 2022 21:20 PM EDT

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A section of a major Southern California freeway was shut down and 170 homes were under evacuation orders Friday as a chemical reaction inside a railroad tank car threatened to cause an explosion, authorities said. The tank car was parked on a spur off a main...