Flood toll hits 1,000 as many await rescue
Flash floods and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past week, an official said Saturday, and with thousands missing or stranded the toll was expected to rise. The official, Vijay Bahuguna, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, confirmed the latest toll in a meeting with reporters. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told the Indian news media Saturday that 40,000 people were still stranded, and he described the floods as a "national crisis." Most of the stranded were people on a pilgrimage known as Char Dham Yatra, which takes Hindus to four of the holiest shrines in Uttarakhand between May and November.
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Firefighters trying to protect town
A massive wildfire threatening a tourist region in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 60 square miles, but officials said Saturday that the erratic blaze had slowed and they were optimistic they could protect the town of South Fork. The fire's rapid advance prompted the evacuation of hundreds of summer visitors and the town's 400 permanent residents Friday, fire crew spokeswoman Laura McConnell said.
Ireland: 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 to the town of New Ross, with a street party Saturday that was capped by the lighting of Ireland's own "eternal flame."
Iraq: A suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque and other attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people on Saturday, officials said. A wave of killings has claimed 2,000 lives since the start of April.