Samuel Hansen

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Girl Believed Swept Away as Floods Slam South

Rescuers scoured a Mississippi neighborhood on Monday for a 9-year-old who appeared to be swept away by flood waters the night before, while floods in Alabama stranded people in cars and homes in a turbulent morning across the American South.<p>The young girl disappeared in Yazoo County, north of …

Weather

Venezuela lashes out at Spain after exports of riot gear halted

The Venezuelan government has questioned the "moral authority" of the Spanish government after Madrid suspended exports of anti-riot and police gear to its former colony.<p>Following weeks of unrest and violence in Venezuela, Spain's Conservative government quietly decided to suspend sales last month, …

Can Deserts Stop Global Warming? No, but They Help, Study Says

The world's arid areas — deserts filled with scrubby vegetation and sand — are absorbing more of the carbon dioxide that's being emitted into the atmosphere than expected, a new study shows. While these ecosystems will not stop global warming, scientists said the finding provides a better …

Climate Change

Iran hopes nuclear deal drafting can start by mid-May | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran said it hopes enough progress will be made with major powers this week to enable negotiators to start drafting by mid-May a final accord to settle a long-running dispute over its nuclear program.<p>European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is guarded by security …

Syria's Assad Secure, Will Seek Re-Election: Hezbollah Leader

BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will run for re-election this year and no longer faces a threat of being overthrown, the head of his Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah said in an interview published on Monday.<p>Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose fighters have been …

Middle East

Volcanic island eats another off Japan

One Japanese island has swallowed another.<p>NASA's Earth Observatory reports that Niijima island, a volcano which broke through the ocean's surface last November, has now merged with a nearby island that formed from a volcano which last erupted 40 years ago.<p>Niijima emerged about 500 meters (550 …

Vatican bank granted reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals

The Vatican bank is to stay in business despite speculation Pope Francis might close down the scandal-plagued institution. After months of investigation and consultation, the Vatican announced the pope had opted for a reform plan instead.<p>The bank, officially called the Institute for the Works of …

Roadside bomb kills 15 people in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an …