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Turkey’s Erdogan Faces Mounting Criticism Over Wildfires

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — As Turkish fire crews pressed ahead Tuesday with their weeklong battle against blazes tearing through forests and villages on the country’s southern coast, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faced increased criticism over its apparent poor response …

COVID-19 Vaccination Rates of Seafarers a Threat to Marine Insurers

COVID-19 once again poses an intensifying threat to supply chain resilience. Marine reinsurers and insurers, in particular, should stay vigilant as to the potential implications for the risk environment. Low rates of vaccination, the continued problem of crews stranded at …

Death Toll Triples to More Than 300 in Recent China Flooding

BEIJING (AP) — More than 300 people died in recent flooding in central China, authorities said Monday, three times the previously announced toll. The Henan provincial government said 302 people died and 50 remain missing. The vast majority of the …

Turkey Battles Wildfires for 6th Day, EU to Send Planes

COKERTME, Turkey (AP) — Firefighters were battling to control blazes that tore through forests near Turkey’s beach destinations for the sixth day running on Monday, as water-carrying planes from the European Union prepared to join the containment efforts. The fires …

Fire Crews Still Battling Turkish Blazes as Some Reignite

ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials Sunday, as firefighters worked to battle blazes that continued in popular seaside destinations. The Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, tweeted that …

Taliban Say Flooding Kills 150 in Northeastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Flash flooding killed 150 people in a remote area in Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern Nuristan province controlled by the Taliban, a spokesman for the insurgents said Thursday. The provincial government appealed to the Taliban to allow rescue …

Wildfires in Southern Turkey Leave 3 Dead, 58 Hospitalized

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Strong winds have fanned two separate forest fires in southern Turkey, killing at least three people and sending over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down, officials said Thursday. A wildfire that broke out …

Huge Hailstones Force Shut Italian Highway in Extreme Storm

MILAN (AP) — Hailstones the size of tennis balls temporarily closed a highway in northern Italy and damaged dozens of cars, in an extreme example of a weather phenomenon that an agricultural lobby said Tuesday has intensified in recent years. …

London Judges Reverse Course to Reopen $7B Brazil Dam Lawsuit Against BHP

LONDON — London’s Court of Appeal made a U-turn on Tuesday by agreeing to reopen a $7 billion lawsuit by 200,000 claimants against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP , reviving a case over a dam rupture behind Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. …

“It’s Terrible”: After Frosts, Champagne Vineyards Hit by Fungus

PARIS — About 20% to 25% of the Champagne vineyard has been damaged by mildew fungus due to heavy rainfall earlier this month, adding to severe losses caused by frosts earlier in the season, Champagne industry lobby CIVC said on …

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