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Three more bodies found as French villages dig out from flooding

Roquebilli - Rescue workers on Monday found the bodies of three more victims of intense flooding that hammered southeast France over the weekend, with the toll expected to rise further as searches continue for survivors.

France, Italy step up rescue efforts after floods

Saint-martin-v - French and Italian rescue services stepped up search efforts Sunday after floods cut off several villages in the mountainous border regions, causing widespread damage and killing at least four people.

France steps up search efforts after floods

Breil-sur-roya - Rescue services stepped up their search efforts in southwestern France on Sunday after floods cut off several villages and killed two people in Italy, with eight still missing in France.

One dead, some 20 missing as storms lash southern France, Italy

Rome - One person died and authorities listed some 20 as missing Saturday after heavy storms lashed southern France and northern Italy with hundreds of aid workers deployed to villages cut off by the deluge.

Forest fire in southern France triggers evacuations

Martigues - A forest fire Tuesday ravaged 800 hectares of vegetation near the southern French city of Marseille, forcing the evacuation of over 200 people, officials said.

'I'm going to jump': tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

The young Sudanese man cast off his T-shirt and cried desperately out to sea: "I swear to you, I'm going to jump. I don't know how to swim but I can't stay here anymore!

Ocean Viking rescue offers second life for Pakistani 'slaves'

Leaning on the aft deck of the Ocean Viking, the humanitarian ship that picked them up in the Mediterranean on Thursday, a group of Pakistanis look back to watch the Libyan coast receding behind them.

Deadly rainstorms sweep northern Italy, southern France

Venice - Torrential rains across northern Italy and southern France killed three people at the weekend, sweeping away part of a motorway viaduct in northern Italy and causing fresh flooding in Venice on Sunday.

Two dead, one missing after rainstorms drench south France

Marseille - Two people lost their lives and one more was missing Sunday after historic levels of rain drenched the south of France, provoking major floods that are only now starting to recede, officials said.

Two missing as France's Cote d'Azur hit by flooding

Le Bar - Two people were missing and hundreds of homes flooded Saturday as heavy rains hit the Cote d'Azur in southern France, disrupting air and rail transport and leading to hundreds of evacuations.One of the missing was a 77-year-old man.

Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened once again Sunday to withhold federal aid from California after its Democratic governor criticized his environmental policies.

French police fire teargas, water cannons at protesting firefighters

Paris - French police fired teargas and water cannons at thousands of firefighters protesting in central Paris on Tuesday over a lack of resources and professional recognition.

Anxiety, questions linger after French chemicals inferno

Rouen - Farmers have been banned from selling produce, locals stock up on surgical masks from pharmacies and an acrid smell of pollution hangs in the air.

Pressure mounts on French govt over chemical factory fire fallout

Rouen - French officials faced growing pressure Tuesday over their response to pollution concerns following a massive fire at a chemicals plant, which spewed huge clouds of smoke and soot across the northern city of Rouen.

Confusion and delays at Nassau airport hamper hurricane response

Nassau - After arriving at Nassau Airport, volunteers from NGO Samaritan's Purse hoped to quickly reach areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian, but instead waited hours under the blazing sun for permission to take off.

One dead, several injured in fire by Paris hospital

Paris - A woman died and several people were injured after a huge fire broke out inside a renowned hospital complex on the outskirts of Paris, French officials said Thursday.

Migrants' drawings depict their nightmares and best memories

Torture in Libya, war in Darfur, a home village in southern Sudan and the emblematic baobab tree in Senegal -- the drawings displayed on the bridge of the Ocean Viking rescue ship tell of the lives of the migrants on board.

Strong winds fan fierce wildfire in southern France

Carcassonne - More than 500 firefighters battled Thursday to contain a fire sweeping through a pine forest in southern France, with officials warning that strong winds could hinder efforts to bring the blaze under control.

Rescue ship picks up 85 as Richard Gere shines light on migrant plight

The Ocean Viking charity ship plucked 85 African migrants from the sea off Libya Friday, the latest rescue in the Mediterranean as Hollywood star Richard Gere boarded a second vessel to highlight the plight of those stranded.

Rescue ship plucks 85 from the sea as Richard Gere shines light on migrant plight

The Ocean Viking had barely reached the huge rescue zone off Libya when it plucked 85 African migrants from an inflatable grey boat on Friday.

Salvini wants Europe to take migrants from Italy coastguard

Rome - Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday ordered 135 migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean to remain aboard an Italian coastguard vessel until other European countries agree to take them in.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 1mn euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time for forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying she was compelled to avert a human tragedy.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 350,000 euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time after forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying it was necessary to avert a human tragedy.

Outrage in France as police hunt hit-and-run driver who killed 9-year-old

Lorient - French police Thursday intensified a manhunt for a driver who killed a nine-year-old boy of Turkish origin and then fled the scene, in a hit-and-run accident that has sparked nationwide outrage.

Somalia vows crackdown after siege that killed 20

Mugadishu - At least 20 people died in an attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which saw Al-Shabaab insurgents battling security forces for nearly 24 hours before the siege ended, officials said Saturday.

Woman with history of psychiatric care charged over deadly Paris fire

Paris - A woman with a history of psychiatric problems has been charged with starting a fire in a Paris apartment building in which ten people died, French prosecutors said.

Paris arson suspect had just been released from psychiatric ward

Paris - The woman suspected of setting fire to a Paris apartment building in which 10 people died had only just been released from a psychiatric ward, the Paris prosecutor said Wednesday.

Paradise regained? Experts call for European approach to US housing

Mountain View - With the embers still raining from blackened skies choked by California's massive wildfires, the effort turns to rebuilding Paradise -- a town of almost 30,000 that was wiped off the map.

New demolitions halt search in deadly French building collapse

Marseille - Pressure grew on Marseille's mayor and other officials Thursday, accused of ignoring warnings about unsafe housing as a seventh body was pulled from rubble after a deadly building collapse in the southern French port city.

New demolitions halt search in deadly French building collapse

Marseille - Two dilapidated buildings next to those which collapsed in southern France were to be demolished Thursday, forcing rescue workers to call off their search after six bodies were pulled from the rubble.
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