COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A helicopter carrying 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, sparking a rescue operation, police and rescue officials said. Many onboard are feared dead.
The winter forecast for drought-hit South Africa has become increasingly uncertain as an El Nino weather pattern persists but chances remain for above-average winter rainfall for most of the country, the South African Weather Service said on Friday. "Despite conditions ... that may be conducive for winter type rainfall and cooler temperatures over South Africa, the forecast is dominated by a huge uncertainty for the rainfall and temperature forecast," the Weather Service said in its monthly forecast looking five months ahead.
The United States and its allies carried out 22 strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Thursday, focusing on the Mar'a area of western Syria and the city of Fallujah in Iraq, according to military figures released on Friday. The U.S.-led coalition carried out five air strikes against the militants around Mar'a in northwestern Syria, destroying six fighting positions, four mortar positions and a vehicle, the military said in a statement. The coalition carried out four strikes against militants around the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Baghdad.