Heavy rains cause rare flooding in Dubai

Heavy rains battered parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, closing schools in the United Arab Emirates and flooding the tarmac at Dubai International Airport. In Oman, at least 18 people have died in recent days due to the severe weather. The storms swamped roadways and created dangerous conditions across the region, a normally arid … Read more

Drought-hit Colombia halts export of electricity to Ecuador

Colombia has halted electricity exports to neighboring Ecuador as its hydropower plants reach near-critical levels due to a biting drought, the government said late Monday. The severe dry spell, associated with the El Nino climate phenomenon, has also led to water rationing that is affecting 10 million people in the capital Bogota and surrounds. Mining … Read more

Venezuela closes embassy in Ecuador to protest raid on Mexican embassy there

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador on Tuesday in solidarity with Mexico in its protest over a raid by Ecuadorian authorities on the Mexican embassy in Quito. Venezuela also “fully supports” Mexico’s request to have the United Nations suspend Ecuador from the … Read more

8 family members die in Mozambique’s latest capsizing, a week after another killed nearly 100 people

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least eight people from one family have died after their homemade boat sank in central Mozambique, state media reported Tuesday. Monday’s sinking on a tributary of the Zambezi River in Sofala province came days after nearly 100 people, many of them children, died in one of the country’s worst shipwrecks. … Read more

Russia to grow faster than all advanced economies says IMF

[Getty Images] An influential global body has forecast Russia’s economy will grow faster than all of the world’s advanced economies, including the US, this year. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Russia to grow 3.2% this year, significantly more than the UK, France and Germany. Oil exports have “held steady” and government spending has “remained … Read more