Accidents and disasters
MALIN, India - Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.
GAZA, Palestinian Territories - Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against Gaza's Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.
The fire in the foothills, which forced the evacuation of more than 400 homes, was 85 per cent contained after burning 6 1/2 square miles.
SARASOTA, Fla. - A 9-year-old U.S. girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she walked with her father has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two were walking along a Florida beach when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems.
VIENNA - Police say a herd of cows attacked and killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight of her leashed dog.
They said Tuesday the 45-year old victim was rushed by about 20 cows and their calves. Attempts by an emergency crew to revive her were unsuccessful.
The attack occurred Monday on a mountain pasture in Austria's Tyrol province. The woman's name was not released, in accordance with Austrian confidentiality rules.
GAZA, Palestinian Territories - Signalling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighbourhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.
Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles after lightning hit the area around 2:30 p.m., and at least one required CPR, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said.
BAMAKO, Mali - Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.
GENOA, Italy - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.
Pulled by tugboats and nudged by winds, the ship was eased into the port in this northwestern Italian city. The Concordia struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany's coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.
BEIJING, China - A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday.
Typhoon Matmo dumped heavy rain on Taiwan before making landfall in China on Wednesday and being downgraded to a tropical storm. It brought strong winds and heavy downpours to several provinces.