Villages evacuated as flooding kill dozens in southwestern Iran

Authorities in Iran worked on Saturday to evacuate villages threatened by flooding in southwestern areas as forecasters predicted more of the heavy rains that have killed at least 45 people this week, state media reported. State television said at least 11 villages lying near the Dez and Karkheh rivers in the oil-rich southwestern province of… Read More Villages evacuated as flooding kill dozens in southwestern Iran

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy

Afghanistan’s vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, escaped unhurt from an attack that killed one of his bodyguards on Saturday, dodging death for the second time since returning from exile last year. Attackers ambushed Dostum’s convoy on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan, said Bashir Ahmad Tayenj,… Read More Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy

Palestinian killed as Israeli forces barricade Gaza border ahead of anniversary rally

Israeli fire killed a Palestinian man near the Gaza border on Saturday, Palestinian Health officials said, as Israel’s forces massed at the frontier ahead of a rally to mark the first anniversary of a surge of Gaza border protests. The Israeli military said it had not heard of any such incident. Palestinian medics said the… Read More Palestinian killed as Israeli forces barricade Gaza border ahead of anniversary rally

Seventeen dead, houses destroyed as heavy rains trigger flash floods in western Afghanistan

Heavy rains caused flash floods in western Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people, destroying homes and sweeping through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Two days of flooding that started on Thursday killed 12 people in Jawzjan and two in Badghis, provinces that border Turkmenistan, said Hasibullah Shir… Read More Seventeen dead, houses destroyed as heavy rains trigger flash floods in western Afghanistan