On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’

An avalanche warning has been issued for parts of Washington and Oregon as heavier-than-usual rainfall and snowfall is expected to hit part of the West Coast through Monday. The warning was issued on Saturday by the Northwest Avalanche Center, which said at least 30 people in the United States had been killed in avalanches so […]

Israel shuts Mediterranean shore after oil spill devastates coast

Activists began reporting globs of black tar on Israel’s coast last week after a heavy storm, wreaking havoc on local wildlife. Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice on Sunday, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tonnes of tar across more than 160km (100 miles) of coastline in what officials are calling […]

US wary China’s new coast guard law could escalate sea disputes

State Department says language in the law could be used by Beijing to intimidate its neighbours in the region amid South China Sea tension. The United States is concerned about China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the US State Department said […]

Thousands of ‘cold-stunned’ sea turtles rescued off Texas coast

Nearly 5,000 stunned turtles washed ashore in the US state amid a deadly cold wave that has caused power outages, water shortages. Volunteers have been rescuing thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles from the shores of the US state of Texas as a deadly cold wave in the region continues to cause power outages and water […]

Blackouts, injuries as quake hits off Japan’s Fukushima coast

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck off Japan’s east coast, rattling a region hit by a powerful 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown just weeks before the disaster’s 10th anniversary. The earthquake on Saturday produced powerful shaking along the coast and was felt strongly in the capital, Tokyo, but triggered no tsunami alert. Its epicentre […]

Ocean Viking ship rescues hundreds of migrants off Libya coast

A total of 374 migrants have been rescued in two days, said SOS Mediterranee, which operates Ocean Viking aid vessel. More than 370 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel in two days, a French NGO running the boat said on Saturday. SOS Mediterranee said […]

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed

Legislation allows demolition of other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs, board and inspect foreign vessels in waters Beijing claims. China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested South China Sea and nearby waters more choppy. China […]

EU tells Ivory Coast to brace for stricter cocoa laws

The eurozone hopes to ratify laws later this year to protect forests, curb child labour and end farmer poverty. The European Union on Friday urged the Ivory Coast to prepare for stricter cocoa laws that the body hopes to ratify later this year with the aim of protecting forests, curbing child labour and ending farmer […]

Dozens of migrants killed in shipwreck off Libya’s coast

Ten survivors brought back to Libya after at least 43 migrants and refugees died on Tuesday, UN bodies report. At least 43 migrants and refugees have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said, the first tragic event of 2021 […]

Indian sailors stranded for months on Chinese coast reach Japan

The 23-member crew of Indian vessel Jag Anand arrives in Tokyo from where they will fly to India after clearing COVID procedures. A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said. […]

Several dead as freight ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Three out of 13 crew members dead, six rescued after a Palau-flagged cargo ship sinks in bad weather in the Black Sea. A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, killing at least three crew members, according to Bartin Governor Sinan Guner. Guner had said earlier on […]

Dozens of stranded Syrian refugees rescued off Albanian coast

Sixteen hospitalised as a total of 55 boat passengers are brought back to land after being trapped for hours in rough waters, officials say. Dozens of Syrian refugees have been brought back to land by Albanian authorities after being stranded for hours in rough waters in the Adriatic Sea as they attempted to reach Italy. […]

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boat With 20 Aboard

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Friday for an overdue boat that was headed to Florida from the Bahamas with 20 people aboard, after the authorities said they had exhausted their efforts to find it. The boat, a blue-and-white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin, departed from Bimini, the Bahamas, on Monday, the […]

Mine found on hull of oil tanker off the coast of Iraq

In the latest incident underscoring the dangers ships face in the Gulf, a mine was discovered on the hull of an oil tanker off the coast of Iraq. An oil tanker off the coast of Iraq discovered a mine attached to its hull, the latest incident highlighting the risk to ships in the waters near […]

Ex-leader Gbagbo’s party ends boycott of Ivory Coast elections

The party of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo said it was ending a 10-year boycott of elections, a move coinciding with efforts to end a prolonged political crisis. “The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) … will take part in legislative elections” due in the first quarter of 2021, the party announced in a statement on […]

Ivory Coast Constitutional Council confirms Ouattara re-election #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Despite opposition objections, President Alassane Ouattara’s win of a third term after disputed October 31 polls officially validated. Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council has formally ratified President Alassane Ouattara’s re-election to a third term after a tense election that was marred by clashes and an opposition boycott. “Alassane Ouattara is proclaimed elected in the first round,” […]

Ivory Coast opposition leader arrested for rival government #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Ivorian prosecutors are pursuing ‘terrorism’ charges against more than a dozen opposition leaders who boycotted the October 31 vote. Ivory Coast opposition leader and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan was under arrest on Saturday for creating a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, his wife and a spokeswoman said. Ivorian prosecutors are […]