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Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN

Kabul - At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.

'Hunger stones' tell Elbe's centuries-old tale of drought

Decin - Once an ominous harbinger of hard times and even famine due to critically low water levels, a massive "hunger stone" embedded deep in the Elbe River has reappeared in the Czech Republic after Europe's long, dry summer.

Australia drought extends despite 'widespread, significant rain'

Sydney - A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said.

Dire message left on stones in Czech river: 'If you see me, weep'

Ancient ominous warnings carved on usually submerged boulders along the Elbe River had for centuries driven fear into the hearts of Czechs, but their reappearance during this year’s drought is just a reminder of how tough people had it.

'No grass': Europe's livestock sector stricken by drought

Paris - "Our cows have been living off hay cut in June, there isn't any grass," says Jean-Guillaume Hannequin, a farmer in eastern France, who like his counterparts across much of northern Europe is wondering how he will feed his animals this winter.

Rain brings relief to drought-stricken Australia farmers

Sydney - Widespread rain fell across drought-affected parts of eastern Australia over the weekend, bringing relief to farmers struggling to cope with the driest conditions in more than half a century.

Western U.S. drought taking its toll on farmers' crops and cattle

Over half the western U.S. is currently experiencing some level of drought, reports the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sparsely populated areas in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, in particular, are grappling with dry conditions of historic proportions.

Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites

Sydney - Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday.

Australian drought brings early start to bushfire season

Sydney - Large parts of Australia are caught up in a devastating drought, and it is set to intensify over the next three months, fueling unseasonable bushfires.

Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades

Mazar-e Sharif - After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country.

N. Korea says 'unprecedented' heatwave causing heavy crop damage

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday warned that an "unprecedented" heatwave has caused heavy damage to crops as it urged citizens to "join the struggle" to prevent drought-like conditions from worsening and hampering food production in the impoverished country.

Western North America drought conditions fuel deadly wildfires

Hot and dry, with no rain in sight - This has been the weather forecast for much of the western coast of North America for the past several weeks, worsening drought-like conditions leading to hundreds of wildfires.

Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

- Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he'll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf.

Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

Niederndodeleben - Withered sunflowers, scorched wheat fields, stunted cornstalks -- the farmlands of northern Germany have borne the brunt of this year's extreme heat and record-low rainfall, triggering an epochal drought.

Drought across northern and central Europe worst in recent memory

Farmers across northern and central Europe are facing crop failure and bankruptcy as one of the most intense regional droughts in recent memory strengthens its grip.

Sweden's farmers count cost of historic drought

Norrt - As an unprecedented drought scorches large swathes of Sweden's green pastures, farmers are having to send their animals to slaughter because they have no hay left to feed them."This is the worst thing I've ever experienced...

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

Sacramento - The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought

Diwaniyah - Standing on his farm in southern Iraq, Amjad al-Kazaali gazed sorrowfully over fields where rice has been sown for centuries -- but which now lie bare for lack of water.

Drought haunts farmers in Poland, Baltic states

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Wednesday warned of "very significant" crop losses as the EU country scrambled to help farmers struggling to cope with an unusual spring drought amid soaring temperatures.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Johanesburg - The South African government said Wednesday that the national state of disaster it declared in March over a drought that ravaged parts of the country had lapsed after significant rainfall.

Forest fires rage as India resort town grapples with water crisis

Shimla - Helicopters doused forest fires raging near the drought-stricken Indian resort of Shimla on Friday as more police were deployed to guard water tankers in the historic Himalayan town.

Drought conditions set to intensify in U.S. Southwest

Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.

In southern Iraq, drought tightens its grip

- Abu Ali carefully crank-starts a generator to pump water from a well out into his parched field in southern Iraq. There used to be no need for a well in his village, but a creeping drought is now threatening agriculture and livelihoods in the area.

Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail

Paris - Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday.A world that heats up by 2C (3.

UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

Paris - The food security of around 124 million people worldwide was under acute threat at the end of last year, mostly because of worsening conflicts and drought, the UN and EU said Thursday.

Drought-stricken Cape Town counts the cost

Cape Town - South African winemaker Marlize Jacobs looks out across the parched brown earth that sustains her award-winning vines, surveying the effects of the water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Thousands of farmers march in Madrid over 'surreal' drought

Madrid - Thousands of farmers from Spain's parched southeast, marched in Madrid Wednesday to ask the government for help as their crops are threatened by a "surreal" drought that is also putting jobs at risk.

New study — Climate change threatens major crops in California

Over the last 10-years, farmers in California have experienced the symptoms of climate change — less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures.

S.Africa declares drought a 'national disaster'

Cape Town - South Africa on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without running water.

South Africa declares drought a 'national disaster'

Cape Town - South Africa on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave the city of Cape Town without domestic tap water.
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