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Rescuers search for missing persons at the site of a landslide in Tsunagi town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, July 6, 2020. Rescue operations continued and rain threatened wider areas of the main island of Kyushu. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain

Jul. 6, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan rose to 40 on Monday, including 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing home, as rescuers searched for 10 missing people and rain threatened wider areas of the main island of Kyushu, officials said. Army troops and other...

Protesters chant outside a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Atlanta after a funeral for Rayshard Brooks was held. Brooks died after being fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

$10,000 reward offered in Atlanta killing of 8-year-old girl

Jul. 6, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The shooting death of an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta prompted a $10,000 reward for information as authorities searched Monday for at least two people who opened fire on the car she was riding in near a flashpoint of recent protests. Police identified the girl killed on Saturday night as...

In this undated photo released by Indonesian National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), rescuers search for victims at the site of the sinking of a fishing boat in the waters of Pukuafu Strait, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The overloaded fishing boat carrying more than two dozens people capsized in eastern Indonesia, killing a number of passengers and leaving some others missing, an official said Monday, July 6, 2020. (BASARNAS via AP)

At least 2 dead, 7 missing in boat capsizing in Indonesia

Jul. 6, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — An overloaded fishing boat carrying 28 people capsized in eastern Indonesia, killing at least two children and leaving seven other people missing, an official said Monday. Boat crews on nearby vessels recovered the bodies of two children and have rescued 19 people from choppy...

A medical staffer conducts COVID-19 tests aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea, Sunday, July 5, 2020. A humanitarian group says its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. SOS Mediterranee in a tweet on Sunday also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking” when the ship's crew and passengers learned that the rescued migrants are to be disembarked at Porto Empedocle, Sicily, the next day. (Laurence Bondard/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Charity: Rescue ship gets OK to bring 180 migrants to Sicily

Jul. 5, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. In a tweet, SOS Mediterranee also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking”...

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Jul. 5, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats...

A view of destroyed buildings at a fireworks factory following a fire after an explosion outside the town of Hendek, Sakarya province, northwestern Turkey, Friday, July 3, 2020. There were an estimated 150 workers at the factory, Gov. Cetin Oktay Kaldirim told state-run Anadolu Agency. Several firefighters and ambulances were sent to the factory, which is away from residential areas. However, explosions were continuing, hampering efforts to bring the fire under control.The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known. (DHA via AP)

Turkey: Fireworks factory employees detained after explosion

Jul. 4, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s official news agency says three people have been detained in connection to a massive explosion at a fireworks factory that left at least four people dead. Anadolu news agency reported Saturday that a manager and two supervisors were detained following Friday’s...

Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were asked to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. (Kyodo News via AP)

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

Jul. 4, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...

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 4:05 PM 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...

Aid group seeks port for 180 migrants rescued in Med Sea

Jul. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Aid group SOS Mediterranee says it waiting for a port to disembark 180 migrants rescued at sea, and says five requests to Italian and Maltese port authorities have gone unanswered. The Ocean Viking ship resumed rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea on June 22, after riding out the...