In the past 24 hours terrorists have struck twice in Spain. Shortly before 5 p.m. local time yesterday a white van ploughed into pedestrians on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, killing 14, then in the early hours of Friday morning another car drove into a group of people on the Spanish coast in Cambrils.
Rescuers picked away rubble from around a body in an area shaken by a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwestern China, then stood silently in a row, with helmets off and heads bowed to pay their respects. Tuesday night's magnitude 6.5 quake killed at least 19 people and injured 247, authorities said Wednesday. It also knocked out power and phone networks, complicating efforts to locate and evacuate survivors.
The extreme heat stifling Serbia, Romania, Croatia and parts of Spain, France and Italy has fueled wildfires, damaged crops and strained energy and water supplies. Authorities in some areas issued traffic restrictions and banned outdoor work during the hottest part of the day. Thousands of residents sought refuge from the heat at the city's recreation area, swimming in the local lake and the Danube or the Sava rivers. Some of those who ventured to the city center dipped their feet or wet their hair in the fountains.
When Bardina Degei cooks dinner, she doesn’t use a stove. She rarely even uses a pot. In her wooden home in Enarotali, the capital of Paniai regency in the restive Indonesian province of Papua, the housewife usually just places a sweet potato — known locally as “nota”— directly into the fireplace.