More than 125 people are dead and dozens of others missing in Germany and Belgium, as heavy floods ravage Western Europe.
Torrential rain has triggered flash floods in the region, turning streets into rivers that have swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.
“I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in Washington, D.C., where she took part in a bilateral meeting with President Biden at White House.
“We still don’t know the number,” Merkel said of the death toll. “But it will be many.”
Photographers captured dramatic images of the floodwaters as they raged through small villages, causing catastrophic damage and reducing some buildings to rubble.
Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Olympic event finals Sunday in the vault and uneven bars, according to USA Gymnastics. Biles said she was putting her mental health first when she withdrew from the gymnastics team event after one rotation. American Sunisa Lee won gold in that event.
New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, reported 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 170 infections a day earlier, as total cases in the latest outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant reached 3,190. There are 198 people in the hospital, 53 of them in intensive care and 27 requiring ventilation, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said. Parts of the neighbouring state Queensland will enter into a three-day snap lockdown on Saturday after the state recorded six new coronavirus cases of the Delta strain, the state's Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
Cuba this week received shipments of food and medical supplies from allies Mexico, Russia https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/russia-sends-covid-19-aid-cuba-defence-ministry-2021-07-24 and Bolivia in a bid to ease shortages and discontent amid the island's worst economic crisis in decades and a surge in coronavirus cases. The donations, which authorities started distributing on Friday, come nearly three weeks after unprecedented protests https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/street-protests-break-out-cuba-2021-07-11 broke out nationwide, spurred by frustrations with dire economic conditions and curbs on civil freedoms. Cuba blames the unrest on U.S.-backed mercenaries exploiting hardships it says were largely brought about by decades of U.S. sanctions and disguising attempts at unrest through the campaign #SOSCuba calling for humanitarian aid.
The US slapped fresh sanctions Friday on Cuban police for suppressing anti-government demonstrations this month, with President Joe Biden warning additional punitive measures were in store if the communist-ruled nation does not undertake sweeping reforms.
American Caeleb Dressel stormed to the men's 100m butterfly gold medal on Saturday with a world record time of 49.45 to pick up his second individual gold of the Tokyo Games and Australia's Kaylee McKeown timed her swim perfectly to win the 200m backstroke. Dressel, the world champion in the event, beat Hungary's Kristof Milak, the gold medallist in the 200m fly, by 0.23 seconds. The powerful American, who also won gold in the 100m freestyle, was fastest out of the blocks and never looked in danger, though Milak came back hard, closing the gap down the straight.
The wife of Haiti's murdered president, seriously wounded in the very attack that killed her husband, listened in terror as the gunmen ransacked their home, she said in her first interview since the assassination.
Hours after deactivating his account, Michael Che returned to Instagram on Friday with a post asserting he’d been hacked “again,” which we *think* is probably a joke. Che deactivated his account earlier in the day after he posted jokes at the expense of gymnast Simone Biles, including one about Larry Nassar, the doctor she accused of sexual abuse, which provoked a significant social media backlash. Just before deleting his Instagram account, he posted a message saying “Man, I got hacked today, c
Bob Dylan and Universal Music escaped claims on Friday brought by the estate of songwriter and theater director Jacques Levy -- who co-wrote the majority of songs on Dylan's 1976 album "Desire" -- seeking a share of Dylan's $300-million sale of his songwriting catalog to UMG late last year. New York State Judge Barry Ostrager ruled that Dylan and Levy's contract didn't entitle Levy's estate to any proceeds from the sale of Dylan's copyrights because the contract only granted him specific royalties from the songs.
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was provisionally suspended for doping Saturday, hours before she was due to run in the semifinals of the women's 100 meters at the Olympics. Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, the Athletics Integrity Unit said, prompting a mandatory provisional suspension. The results of that test were only received by track and field's anti-doping body late Friday and after Okagbare had already run in the 100 heats on the opening day of track competition at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the AIU said.