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Toxic fumes force EU summit out of new HQ

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it is moving this week's leaders' summit out of its new 320-million-euro headquarters into a neighbouring building after chemical fumes from the kitchen sickened several people.

Toxic fumes sicken 20 at EU HQ, summit plans unchanged

Brussels - Twenty people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens of the EU's new Europa building in Brussels on Friday but officials insisted a summit of the bloc's leaders at the venue next week will go ahead as planned.

Lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state 'unacceptable': UN

Geneva - The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday.

Madrid has imposed 'de facto' state of emergency in Catalonia: regional leader

Barcelona - Catalonia's leader accused Madrid on Wednesday of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region, with a series of measures to prevent an illegal independence referendum taking place.

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma moves toward Caribbean Islands

"Hurricane Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center says, citing the latest data from NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft.

Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control

Marseille - A forest fire in southesastern France that destroyed about 460 acres near urban areas was brought under control on Sunday, authorities said, adding that an investigation had been opened into suspected arson.

Chile eyes quake fault that could strike capital

Santiago - Earthquake-prone Chile may be one of the countries best prepared for seismic shocks, but officials are nervously watching a major fault line that could shift any time, threatening the capital.Long accustomed to quakes such as the 8.

'I've got a boa constrictor stuck to my face,' US woman tells rescuers

New York - US authorities have released a recording of an emergency call in which a woman said this: "I've got a boa constrictor stuck to my face.

Locals join firefighters battling French blazes

Bormes-les-mimosas - Local residents joined firefighters in southern France Wednesday to battle blazes that have forced over 10,000 people to flee and left chunks of coastal forest a blackened mess.

France battles raging fires on Cote d'Azur

Marseille - Thousands of firefighters battled forest fires in large areas of southeast France Tuesday, with one "extremely virulent" inferno raging near the jetset resort of Saint-Tropez, emergency services said.

Hundreds battle wild fires across southern France

Bastia - Hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes across southern France on Monday, with one inferno spreading across 900 hectares of forest and threatening homes on the island of Corsica, emergency services said.

Canada announces aid for evacuees as fires continue to blaze

Kamloops - As forest fires raged Wednesday in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster.

No respite for tens of thousands of Canadians fleeing wildfires

Montr - Tens of thousands of people who fled wildfires in western Canada were unable to return home Tuesday as the massive blazes raged on.

Turkey extends post-coup state of emergency

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament voted on Monday to renew a state of emergency in effect since last year's failed coup attempt sparked the biggest crackdown in the country's modern history.

Central America hit by massive power outages

San Jos - A huge power outage plunged millions of people across Central America into darkness Saturday, as authorities from Panama to Costa Rica to El Salvador scrambled to restore electrical service.

Mont Blanc cable car to reopen 9 months after dramatic rescue

Grenoble - A cable car whose dramatic breakdown last September forced 33 tourists to spend the night stranded -- suspended high over the French Alps -- is to reopen on Thursday, local officials announced.

Man charged over Australia flight scare

Sydney - Passengers on an Australian domestic flight left the plane via an emergency exit Tuesday after a man allegedly left a threatening note in the toilet in what appears to be a prank.

Sri Lankan in 'bomb' drama just out of psychiatric care

Melbourne - A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday.

Sri Lankan in 'bomb' drama just out of psychiatric care

Melbourne - A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday.

Sri Lankan in 'bomb' drama just out of psychiatric care

Melbourne - A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after 'bomb threat'

Sydney - A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne airport Wednesday after a passenger tried to force his way into the cockpit claiming he had a bomb, officials said.

Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after 'bomb threat'

Sydney - A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne airport Wednesday after a passenger tried to force his way into the cockpit claiming he had a bomb, officials said.

Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after 'bomb threat'

Sydney - A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne airport Wednesday after a passenger tried to force his way into the cockpit claiming he had a bomb, officials said.

With threat 'very high', France set to extend state of emergency

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron wants a sixth extension of France's state of emergency since the Paris attacks of November 2015, his prime minister said Wednesday, adding that the terror threat "remains very high".

President Macron seeks extension of French state of emergency

Paris - New French President Emmanuel Macron will seek an extension of the country's state of emergency until November 1 and wants to strengthen the power of security forces with a new law, the presidency announced on Wednesday.

Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group

Mosul - The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday.

Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along

Fort Mcmurray - A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
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