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Iraqi Merchants Struggle on Amid Series of Strong Sandstorms

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad’s main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The …

Saharan Dust Storm Covers Spain, Spreads Out Across Europe

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A huge dust storm swirling over Europe from the Sahara desert made it hard to breathe in large parts of Spain for a second straight day on Wednesday and gave cleaning crews extra work as far …

‘Beached Whale’ Ship Could Block Suez Canal for Weeks

ISMAILIA, Egypt — A container ship blocking the Suez Canal like a “beached whale” may take weeks to free, the salvage company said, as officials stopped all ships entering the channel on Thursday in a new setback for global trade. …

Tugs Work to Free Giant Container Ship Stranded in Suez Canal

CAIRO — The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as eight tug boats struggled to free one of the world’s largest container ships after it ran aground in the Suez Canal. GAC, a Dubai-based marine …

West Texas Gets 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust With Cold Front

A wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide that roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico is yet another sign of how rain-starved the region is. National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in …

Rare Dust Storm Causes Several Crashes on Central Illinois Highway

A rare dust storm forced state transportation authorities to shut down a 5-mile stretch of a central Illinois highway because of low visibility and a series of crashes. Friday’s dust storm near Carlinville caused several car crashes on Illinois 108, …

Arizona Legislator Had Close Call in I-10 Dust Storm

An Arizona legislator had a narrow escape on Interstate 10 last week during a dust storm in Pinal County when chain-reaction collisions killed 3 people. State Sen. Steve Farley was driving back to Tucson after a meeting in Phoenix when …

1 Person Killed in 26-Car Nevada Sandstorm Pileup

Twenty-six vehicles slammed into each other during a sandstorm in rural Northern Nevada, killing one person, seriously injuring several others and sapping already-thin emergency resources, officials said. Humboldt County sheriff’s dispatchers called in virtually every medical, law enforcement and fire …

1 Dead, 17 Injured in Texas Dust Storm Accidents

A dust storm in West Texas triggered a series of accidents Wednesday that killed one person, injured at least 17 others and led authorities to close part of Interstate 27 north of Lubbock, a spokesman with the Texas Department of …

Dust Storm Shuts Down Interstate in Northern Oklahoma

A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions. In a scene reminiscent of the …