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Polish tragedy increases winter death toll in snow-bound Europe
WARSAW, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Frigid weather took its toll across Europe over the weekend, as at least 66 people were killed when a roof collapsed in heavy snow in Poland and snow cut off roads and paralysed transport in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Storm-ravaged New Orleans seeks to reverse social ills
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Five months after hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, local officials have come up with a plan to transform the city into an economically vibrant urban center.

Bryan Adams feels comfortable in volatile Pakistani city
KARACHI, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, the first Western pop star for years to perform in Pakistan, said Sunday he feels comfortable in the violence-plagued southern city of Karachi.

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Icy winter cold claims eighth life in Germany
BERLIN, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
An elderly man froze to death in eastern Germany at the weekend, police said, bringing to eight the death toll here in a cold spell gripping most of Europe.

Searing drought stokes fears of tribal conflict in northwest Kenya
KAKUMA, Kenya, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Jacob Lubuwin arrived in this dusty town in northwest Kenya town with his small livestock herd two months ago when the scorching drought that now threatens millions across east Africa first began bite.

Flooding kills at least 9 in Rio de Janeiro area
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Driving rains that sparked widespread flooding killed at least nine people in the Rio de Janeiro area, authorities said Saturday.

New peace talks stem flow of blood in Sri Lanka, for now
COLOMBO, Jan 29 (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
A deal between the government and Tamil rebels to hold peace talks brought an immediate de-escalation of violence in Sri Lanka, but permanent peace is not even on the agenda for next month's showdown.

Snow sweeping south raises winter death toll in Europe
WARSAW, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
Frigid weather left more people dead and injured throughout Europe on Saturday, as snow sweeping south paralysed transport in France, Switzerland and Italy and caused fatal accidents in Poland and Spain.

More die as Europe's cold snap sweeps south
WARSAW, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
The death toll from Europe's extreme cold snap rose again on Saturday, while snow sweeping south paralysed transport in France, Switzerland and Italy and caused a fatal accident in Spain.

Eight more deaths in Poland from cold
WARSAW, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
Freezing temperatures gripping Poland have killed eight more people, bringing to 76 the number of victims of a cold spell that hit the country nine days ago, police said Saturday.

Tropical storm heads for Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
A tropical storm is heading towards the Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar and is expected to make landfall on the southeast coast of the vast island in the next 24 hours, the meteorologists warned Saturday.

Major quake triggers panic in Indonesia
AMBON, Indonesia, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
A major earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale rocked eastern Indonesia early Saturday, cracking walls and triggering panic, the US Geological Survey and local residents said.

Bryan Adams concert reminds Pakistan of summer of '79
KARACHI, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 28, 2006
When Canadian rocker Bryan Adams plays the huge Arabian City club in Karachi on Sunday, he will do more than just thrill entertainment-starved teenagers in Pakistan.

Bolivian leader declares first emergency after storms kill 50
LA PAZ, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
Bolivia's new president Evo Morales declared his first state of emergency Friday after storms killed at least 50 people and left widespread destruction in the north of the country.

Major quake rocks eastern Indonesia
JAKARTA, Jan 28 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
A major earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale rocked eastern Indonesia early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.





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