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Skiers feared buried after avalanche at Swiss ski resort

Geneva - An avalanche left four skiers injured Tuesday at a resort in the Swiss Alps where rescue operations went on after dark with police fearing people could still be trapped under the snow.

Avalanche engulfs around a dozen people at Swiss ski station

Geneva - An avalanche at a ski station in the Swiss Alps engulfed up to a dozen people on Tuesday, a local official and media reports said, with hopes fading of finding survivors in a disaster that hit a resort busy with skiers on school holidays.

Trump to sign 'emergency' to build wall, Democrats cry foul

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress, a rare step immediately slammed by Democrats as an unlawful "power grab.

Rescue ship committed no offence: Italian prosecutor

Rome - Migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 committed no offences when it saved 47 migrants off the coast of Libya and delivered them to Italy, an Italian prosecutor said Saturday.

Zimbabwe fire brigade on frontline after protests

Bulawayo - Zimbabwe's widely respected fire brigade usually tackles house fires and traffic accidents, but it became a symbol of the regime during anti-government demonstrations that turned into violent looting and arson.

Some migrants stranded off Malta refusing food: Sea-Watch

Rome - Some of the 49 migrants stranded off the coast of Malta are refusing food, one of the groups running the boats that rescued them reported Monday.

Monks wounded in robbery at Vienna church: police

Vienna - Five monks have been injured including one seriously during a robbery at a monastery church in a suburb in Vienna, police said on Thursday.

Activists call for criminal probe into migrant deaths off Libya

Rome - A rights group called Wednesday for an international criminal investigation after 15 migrants died following 11 days drifting off the coast of Libya without help.

Canada to resettle group of Syrian White Helmets

Ottawa - Canada is preparing to welcome a group of Syrian White Helmets rescuers, officials said on Friday, without specifying when they will be resettled.

Controlled explosion carried out on suspect package near UK parliament

London - Police on Wednesday used a bomb disposal robot and carried out a controlled explosion on a package found in central London near the British parliament.

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials

Guatemala City - The eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano ended Saturday, an official source said, with locals escaping a repeat of June's eruption that killed 190.

Colombia landslide kills 11

Apo - Eleven people were killed when a landslide swept away part of a town in central Colombia's coffee-growing region amid heavy rainfall, emergency officials reported Thursday.

New civilian migrant rescue ship heads for Libyan waters

Rome - A new migrant rescue ship was headed for the waters off Libya on Thursday after similar vessels were prevented from trying to rescue people seeking to make the perilous journey to Europe."The #MareJonio is on its way!" German NGO Sea-Watch tweeted.

New civilian migrant rescue ship heads for Libyan waters

Rome - A new migrant rescue ship was headed for the waters off Libya on Thursday, one of the aid groups running the boat said, after similar vessels were prevented from operating."The #MareJonio is on its way!" Sea-Watch tweeted.

Charities slam Italy over rescue ship flagging row

Rome - Two charities on Sunday lambasted Italy for pressuring Panama into revoking its flag from migrant rescue ship Aquarius, warning the move deals a "major blow" to humanitarian missions off Europe's southern coasts.

Syrian civilians brace for regime assault on Idlib

- In northwestern Syria, 68-year-old Abu Khaled was among dozens to have set up camp in a field, hoping that Turkish soldiers nearby would shield him from bombardment by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Drenched Hawaii on edge as Hurricane Lane takes its time

Honolulu - Torrential rain pounded Hawaii on Friday as Hurricane Lane crawled toward the island state, triggering landslides and "catastrophic" flooding, while forcing thousands to seek emergency shelter.

Italy asks Malta to take in another 170 migrants

Rome - Italy has asked Malta to accept some 170 rescued migrants, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday, the day after another 141 docked on the island after a landmark agreement with its EU partners.

Italian coastguards express unease as government closes ports to migrants

Rome - The decision by Italy's new populist government to close the country's ports to migrants saved at sea is causing unease within the heart of the Italian coastguard, some staff say, who until recently played a key role in rescue missions.

EU mixed reaction to Turkey's lifting of emergency

Apo - The European Union welcomed Turkey's lifting Thursday a two-year state of emergency but voiced fears it will be offset by other restrictive legislative measures.

Turkey ends 2-year state of emergency, seeks to keep some powers

Istanbul - Turkey's state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup came to an end on Thursday, but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures.

Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires

Stockholm - Dozens of forest wildfires raged across Sweden Wednesday, prompting Stockholm to ask for emergency EU help to fight the blazes, which broke out during an extreme heatwave in the Nordic region.

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency

Istanbul - Turkey's state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup is to end Wednesday but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures.

Ryanair flight makes emergency landing in Germany

Berlin - A Ryanair flight made an emergency landing at Frankfurt after a sudden loss of cabin pressure which sent 30 passengers to hospital, police and the Irish airline said on Saturday.

Turkey to lift state of emergency next week

Ankara - Turkey will next week lift the state of emergency introduced after a failed 2016 coup and which granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government greater powers to detain suspects, his spokesman said on Friday.

Turkey to lift state of emergency

Ankara - Turkey will next week lift the state of emergency introduced after a failed 2016 coup and which granted the government greater powers to detain suspects, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Friday.

Two dead from Zimbabwe presidential rally blast

Harare - A blast that narrowly missed Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a pre-election rally has claimed two victims, a senior medical official said Monday.

Erdogan vows to lift Turkey's state of emergency if re-elected

Ankara - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged for the first time that he would immediately lift the almost two-year state of emergency in place since the 2016 failed coup if he is re-elected in this month's polls.

Fear, fatigue, relief on migrant rescue boat

Rome - Exhausted and thirsty, the migrants crowded in the heat on board the Aquarius panicked when they thought for a moment that they might get sent back to Libya.

Maldives sets presidential vote with opposition in jail or exile

Colombo - The Maldives has set the date for its next presidential election with incumbent Abdulla Yameen in a commanding position -- and his two main rivals either in jail or exiled abroad.
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REACTION: Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work at the scene of an explosion that killed four tourists on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on Sunday.
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