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Searing heat across Europe sparks scramble for shade

Paris - Fans flew off store shelves and water fountains offered relief from the heat as temperatures soared in Europe on Monday, with officials urging vigilance ahead of even hotter conditions forecast later in the week.

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Romans-sur-is - Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.

German tourist swept to her death in Corsica

Marseille - A German tourist was swept to her death as she walked along a beach in southern Corsica on Sunday as high waves battered the French Mediterranean island, officials said.

Athens blanketed with unaccustomed snow

Atenas - The Greek capital Athens was blanketed Tuesday with a layer of snow, two days after officials said three people had died as stormy weather and freezing temperatures gripped most of the country.

Deadly floods hit southwest France

Villegailhenc - At least 11 people died when violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwest France on Monday, prompting some of the deadliest flooding in years, officials said.

Residents of hurricane-hit US town start to pick up the pieces

New Bern - With rain still falling and no electricity, residents of New Bern, North Carolina are starting to pick up the pieces after devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Fleeing a fragile home as Florence bears down

Wilmington - With Hurricane Florence poised to slam into the US east coast, vulnerable residents of a mobile-home park near the picturesque city of Wilmington were hurriedly packing their belongings, not knowing if they'd have a roof over their heads upon their ret...

US beach town braces for powerful Hurricane Florence

Wilmington - Wooden planks boarding up windows, sandbags lining the edge of the placid-for-now ocean: locals of one seaside resort in North Carolina are maintaining relative calm as they gird for Hurricane Florence -- an attitude somewhat masking their anxiety, as ...

Hurricane Lane grows to category 5 as it heads toward Hawaii

Los Angeles - Hurricane Lane has grown to a category 5 storm as it approaches Hawaii with potential for torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides, forecasters said.

Icy blast from Siberia sweeps across Europe

Paris - A wintry blast of freezing temperatures swept across Europe on Sunday, with a biting wind from Siberia claiming four lives and endangering the continent's homeless -- with the worst yet to come.

Skiers swish down snow-covered Paris streets

Paris - A handful of skiers slalomed down the hilly streets of Montmartre in Paris on Wednesday, taking advantage of heavy snowfall that otherwise spelled misery for thousands of commuters.

Snow shuts Eiffel Tower as winter blast hits France

Paris - The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northern France, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital's first real dose of wintry weather this season.

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces

Carpinteria - Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage.
 

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