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A woman breaks down on seeing a relative who had been stranded by floods and landslides.
A woman breaks down on seeing a relative who had been stranded by floods and landslides. (AJIT SOLANK / AP)
Posted: June 23, 2013

Rescue efforts in flooded India

GOVINDGHAT, India - Soldiers worked on rocky gorges and rugged riverbanks Saturday trying to evacuate tens of thousands stranded by monsoon flooding and landslides that killed nearly 600 people.

With heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days, there was an added urgency to reach the approximately 22,000 people in the flood-hit Uttarakhand state, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

Since helicopters can rescue only small groups of people at a time, army troops Saturday opened another road route to the Hindu temple town of Kedarnath, creating rudimentary bridges by stringing rope across rocky riverbanks and gouged earth.

Shinde said air force helicopters were dropping food and drinking water to those stranded in inaccessible areas. - AP

Morsi foes seeking allies

CAIRO - Egypt's largest opposition bloc on Saturday reached out to former members of the deposed president's party, ahead of mass protests on June 30 demanding the ouster of his successor.

The move came a day after about 100,000 supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist and the country's first elected leader, packed a main square in Cairo to support him and challenge the largely liberal opposition that demands he step down.

Morsi won a four-year term as president with 52 percent of the vote in a June run-off against Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of now-ousted Hosni Mubarak. Shafiq is now contesting the election results.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the opposition National Salvation Front, said the invitation did not extend to Mubarak supporters who had been convicted of crimes. - AP

Ireland marks JFK's '63 visit

DUBLIN - The Irish government and the Kennedy clan celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of Ireland's most fondly recalled moments, the visit of President John F. Kennedy.

"JFK 50: The Homecoming" celebrations Saturday focused on the town of New Ross, from which Patrick Kennedy departed in 1848 at the height of the potato famine to resettle in Boston. In June 1963, his great-grandson John returned to the town as the first Irish Catholic U.S. president.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny joined JFK's sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, and daughter, Caroline Kennedy, to hold three torches together that light a flame encased within an iron globe that had been brought from JFK's plot in Arlington Cemetery. - AP


Law enforcement agents forcibly evicted the head of one of Russia's leading human-rights groups from his Moscow office Saturday, in the latest attack on a Russian nongovernmental organization. Lev Ponomaryov, 72, who heads For Human Rights, said he was beaten all over his body when security forces stormed the building around 2 a.m. and dragged him out.

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