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Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo

Bermuda clears trees, power lines downed by Hurricane Gonzalo; no deaths reported
Josh Ball And Danica Coto, The Associated Press

HAMILTON, Bermuda - Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries.

The storm's centre crossed over Bermuda late Friday and Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the shore of Newfoundland in Canada early Sunday.

9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard toll to 38

Nepal snow storm death toll reaches 38 as rescuers spot 9 more bodies
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation.

The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, said Yadav Koirala from the Disaster Management Division in Kathmandu.

Nepal official: Most stranded trekkers rescued

Nepal official says most trekkers stranded in blizzards rescued, search continues
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - Most of the trekkers stranded by deadly blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued or moved to safer ground, but efforts to reach those left behind will continue along the popular route where they were trekking, an official said Saturday.

Nepal official: Most stranded trekkers rescued

Nepal official says most trekkers stranded in blizzards rescued, search continues
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - Most of the trekkers stranded by deadly blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued or moved to safer ground, but efforts to reach those left behind will continue along the popular route where they were trekking, an official said Saturday.

Center of Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda

Eye of Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda, battering island with ferocious wind and waves
Josh Ball And Danica Coto, The Associated Press

HAMILTON, Bermuda - The eye of Hurricane Gonzalo crossed over this tiny British territory Friday night, pounding Bermuda with fierce wind and heavy surf as a Category 2 storm that carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge.

The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph) as its core moved out to sea. It was centred about 35 miles (55 kilometres) north-northeast of Bermuda late Friday and moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

16 people dead after ventilation grate collapses at South Korean girl band concert
Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 metres to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said.

Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate.

Powerful Pacific storm churns toward Hawaii

Hawaii braces for heavy rains, potentially damaging winds as tropical storm heads toward state
Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii - A powerful Pacific storm predicted to grow to hurricane force churned toward Hawaii, bringing with it heavy rains and potentially destructive winds that could begin hitting the state later Friday.

Forecasters said that the storm likely will bring 40 to 50 mph winds to the Big Island's Kau, Puna and South Kona districts.

Quebecer tells of Nepal avalanche survival

Quebec woman tells harrowing tale of surviving avalanche and blizzard in Nepal
The Canadian Press

A Canadian survivor of the Nepal avalanche that killed at least 27 people has described a harrowing tale of being buried waist-high in thick, heavy snow on a "nightmare" of a day.

Quebecer Sonia Leveque said she thought she was going to die and that she and her fellow trekkers are fortunate to be alive.

"We fought for survival and we were lucky," she said in an interview from Nepal with RDI, Radio-Canada's all-news network.

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bearing down on Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on Bermuda with threat of damaging winds, dangerous storm surge
Josh Ball And Danica Coto, The Associated Press

HAMILTON, Bermuda - A powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bore down on this tiny British territory early Friday, threatening to batter Bermuda with dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge.

Premier Michael Dunkley urged residents in low-lying areas to move to higher ground.

"This hurricane is a large storm, and we should expect at least 24 hours of storm-force winds," he warned.

Modest response by donors thus far to Ebola crisis

Ebola crisis not prompting robust response from donors, unlike some other recent disasters
David Crary, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Individual Americans, rich or not, donated generously in response to many recent international disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and last year's Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The response to the Ebola epidemic is far less robust, and experts are wondering why.

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