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This Dec. 22, 2019 photo shows the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy, New Zealand where several scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed. (Malcolm Foster via AP)

To experience New Zealand’s rugged beauty, go by camper van

Jan. 15, 2020 8:45 AM EST

GLENORCHY, New Zealand (AP) — We crested a hill on the winding lakeside road, and there it was: Middle-earth. Rugged, snow-capped mountains glowed in the setting sun, and dappled green pastures tumbled down to the water’s edge. White peaks soared in the distance. The Misty Mountains, perhaps? It was...

A firefighter covers his face from block smoke as he battles a fire near Bendalong, Australia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

'Millions of sparks': Weather raises Australia's fire danger

Jan. 3, 2020 2:05 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Wildfires raging across Australia have prompted one of the largest evacuations in the country's history as what is already the worst season on record is likely to become even more devastating due to hot weather and strong winds. More than 200 fires were burning, and warnings of extreme danger...

Rescuers at work following an avalanche in Val Senales, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. An avalanche has killed a woman and a two children who were skiing on a glacier in the Italian Alps. An Alpine rescue corps spokesman says helicopters are searching for any other possible victims of Saturday's avalanche. (ANSA via AP)

Avalanche on Italian glacier kills woman, 2 children

Dec. 28, 2019 1:06 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An avalanche killed a woman and two children who were skiing on a glacier in the Italian Alps on Saturday. One of the children, severely injured, had been taken by helicopter to a hospital. Italian RAI state TV reported the child later died. Both children were 7 years old. At least one other...

Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution

Dec. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss environmental activists collected enough signatures to force a referendum on setting specific goals for combating climate change in the country's constitution, authorities said Thursday. The federal governments said that campaigners submitted more than then necessary 100,000 signatures...

No clear answers for cause of 2018 Alaska sightseeing crash

Dec. 18, 2019 7:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal investigators couldn't determine why a sightseeing plane crashed in Denali National Park and Preserve last year, killing all five people on board, because they couldn't access the crash site. The plane went down on a steep, hanging glacier at over 10,000 feet (3,048...

In this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, photo, a tourist photographs the rising water in the Rakaia Gorge 85kms (50 miles) west of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand as stormy weather across New Zealand over the weekend caused disruptions and road closures in many parts of the country. Nearly 1,000 tourists are stranded in the small New Zealand town of Franz Josef after stormy weekend weather triggered landslides and flooding along the town's main highway. (David B Gray via AP)

Mudslides strand hundreds of tourists in New Zealand town

Dec. 8, 2019 10:49 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nearly 1,000 tourists are stranded in the small New Zealand town of Franz Josef after stormy weekend weather triggered landslides and flooding along the town's main highway. Authorities said road access to the town likely won't be restored until Friday. Some of the tourists...