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People gather near the bodies of victims of a landslide near a jade mining area in Hpakant, Kachin state, northern Myanmar Thursday, July 2, 2020. Myanmar government says a landslide at a jade mine has killed dozens of people.  (AP Photo/Zaw Moe Htet)

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people

Jul. 2, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

HPAKANT, Myanmar (AP) — At least 162 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years that critics blame on the government's failure to take action against unsafe conditions. The Myanmar Fire Service...

Rescue workers say death toll in landslide at Myanmar jade mine has surged to at least 113 people

Jul. 2, 2020 4:58 AM EDT
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Rescue workers say death toll in landslide at Myanmar jade mine has surged to at least 113 people.

Myanmar government says landslide at a jade mine in country's north has killed 50 people

Jul. 2, 2020 2:58 AM EDT
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar government says landslide at a jade mine in country's north has killed 50 people.
FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, a new budget that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Puerto Rico board approves $10B budget as resignations loom

Jul. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico awoke to a new budget approved early Wednesday that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. A federal control board that oversees Puerto...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial Friday, July 3, 2020, before the first fireworks show there in years, he'll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze.(AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Trump at Rushmore: Jets and fireworks, but masks optional

Jul. 1, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday...

Cyclone kills 9, causes floods and damage in southern Brazil

Jul. 1, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

RÍO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cyclone has hit the southern region of Brazil, killing nine people and causing floods. The nine died Tuesday in the state of Santa Catarina, while two people were missing, according to civil defense officials. Three of the deaths occurred in Tijucas, a coastal city on the...

This Sunday, June 28, 2020 photo provided by El Centro Fire Department shows a wildfire burning through an section of Niland, Calif. A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea. (Battalion Chief Joseph Bernal/El Centro Fire Department via AP)

Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

Jun. 30, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. The fire erupted Sunday evening in Niland, a small and poor agricultural community about 100 miles (160 kilometers)...

Worsening drought forces state of emergency in Puerto Rico

Jun. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic. Starting July 2, nearly 140,000 clients, including some in the capital of San Juan, will be without water for 24 hours...

Quakes strike Greek island of Rhodes; no injuries or damage

Jun. 29, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 rattled the eastern Greek island of Rhodes overnight, followed by a quake of 4.6 on Monday morning. No damage or injuries were reported from either. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the first quake occurred on Sunday night just...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers and a rescue dog search for victims in the aftermath of flooding in Yihai Town of Mianning County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Authorities in southwestern China's Sichuan province say some have died and others are missing following heavy rains, adding to a grow toll from summer flooding across the country. (Wang Yun/Xinhua via AP)

At least 12 killed in flooding in southwestern China

Jun. 28, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province say at least 12 people have died and 10 are missing following heavy rains, adding to a grow toll from summer flooding across the country. Sichuan’s Mianning county was battered by storms on Friday and Saturday, with flooding...