Accidents and disasters

This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a member of the Syrian Civil Defense group helping a man who was wounded after airstrikes and shelling hit in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018. Government forces carried out punishing airstrikes against an opposition-held suburb of Damascus, seeking to divide the besieged enclave in two and further squeeze rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state-run media and opposition activists reported. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
March 07, 2018 - 2:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Government forces on Wednesday seized vast swathes of territory including farmland from rebels in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, effectively dividing the besieged enclave in two and further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media and a...
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March 07, 2018 - 12:01 pm
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing — onto a Florida interstate highway. Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials said on Facebook Wednesday that a tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer spilled its cargo onto Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle. In a news...
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March 07, 2018 - 11:59 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Sweden's U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog is demanding immediate implementation of the U.N. resolution that his country sponsored with Kuwait demanding a cease-fire throughout Syria, calling the effort so far "totally and...
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March 07, 2018 - 11:17 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The U.N. Security Council is meeting behind closed doors to discuss the failure of the cease-fire it demanded throughout Syria on Feb. 24. Council members are especially concerned about the continued bombing of the eastern...
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March 07, 2018 - 7:45 am
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York housing inspector has been acquitted of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a 2015 fire that claimed four lives. The Times Union says Kenneth Tyree's eyes welled up with tears when the verdict was announced Tuesday in...
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Sri Lankan police officers attempt to douse burning shops in Ambatenna, in central Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Sri Lanka's president declared a state of emergency Tuesday amid fears that anti-Muslim attacks in several central hill towns could spread. (AP Photo/Rukmal Gamage)
March 07, 2018 - 7:41 am
MULLEGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques. The government ordered...
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March 07, 2018 - 7:37 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in South Africa say "Day Zero," the date when Cape Town would have to turn off most water taps because of a drought, might not happen at all this year because of water conservation efforts. The Democratic Alliance, the opposition party that runs the city of 4 million...
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March 07, 2018 - 6:22 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Syrian state media says government forces have advanced against rebels in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and will try to divide the besieged enclave in two. SANA news agency says troops are on the outskirts of...
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March 06, 2018 - 9:56 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At least 55 people have been confirmed dead and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100 from last week's powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea, as survivors faced more shaking early Wednesday from the strongest aftershock so far. Southern Highlands Governor...
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This photo released by the Syrian Red Crescent shows a convoy of vehicles of the Syrian Red Crescent arriving to Douma, eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Monday, March. 5, 2018. Desperate for food and medicine, Syrian civilians in the war-ravaged eastern suburbs of Damascus hoped for relief Monday as a 46-truck aid convoy began entering the rebel stronghold, the first such shipment in months. (Syrian Red Crescent via AP)
March 06, 2018 - 8:54 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:50 a.m. The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging all parties in Syria to implement a cease-fire demanded by the Security Council on Feb. 24. The U.N. chief also is very concerned over attacks throughout the besieged...
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