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France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures

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PARIS Authorities in Paris are setting up "cool rooms" in municipal buildings, opening pools for late-night swimming and installing extra drinking fountains as France braces for a "potentially dangerous" heatwave that could see record temperatures for June.

Storms strand passengers in Dallas, thousands without power

About 1,000 flights were canceled or delayed in Dallas on Sunday night and more than 80,000 homes and businesses left without power early Monday, after a line of thunderstorms rolled across a northeastern swath of Texas before heading east.

U.S., 6:54am EDT

Seaweed washing up on Mexico's top beaches a 'minor' problem - president

MEXICO CITY An infestation of seaweed along large stretches of Mexico's Caribbean coast, home to many of the country's top beach destinations, is not a major problem, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday.

Mexico 7:46pm EDT

Venice must be put on U.N. danger list, ban cruise ships: conservationists

ROME Venice should be put on the United Nations' list of endangered cities and cruise ships should be banned from its fragile lagoon to prevent an ecological disaster, Italy's main conservation group said on Monday.

Italy 10:25am EDT

Outlook uncertain for Japan's whaling industry despite commercial restart

MINAMIBOSO, Japan When Yachiyo Ichihara was a child in Wada, one of Japan's oldest whaling villages, she'd go down to the harbor with a bucket and carry it home full of freshly butchered whale meat. | Video

Japan 10:41am EDT

Self-styled presidential ‘climate change candidate’ would wean U.S. off fossil fuels

WASHINGTON The Democrat running as the "climate change candidate" in the 2020 presidential election laid out a strategy in Florida's Everglades on Monday for weaning the United States off fossil fuels that includes banning drilling on public lands and ending crude oil exports just as the country is poised to become the world's biggest producer.

Water shortage could cut India's food exports, minister warns

NEW DELHI A water shortage could cut food exports from India, which has emerged as a leading supplier of a number of food products to the world, the water resources minister warned on Monday. | Video

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Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia; no tsunami feared

DILI A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia, but authorities said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. | Video

India's monsoon rains cover half of the country: weather department official

MUMBAI India's annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favorable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday.

3:02am EDT

Indian builders woo buyers with cleaner, greener, 'smart' homes

BENGALURU When Arkesh Mishra, 33, and his wife Anasuya scouted for a new home in India's tech hub of Bengaluru this year it was not the old real estate adage of "location, location, location" that was their main consideration - it was "peace of mind".

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