Iran, Syria, Spain

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 5:50pm

Iran: Officials in Iran say the two earthquakes and more than 36 aftershocks Saturday killed more than 300 people, injured more than 3000 and destroyed at least 20 villages. The quakes struck eleven minutes apart and were magnitudes of six-point-four and six-point-three. Aid workers are scrambling to put up tents for survivors and to provide medical care for the injured.

Syria: As the violence rages on in Syria, activists say more than 20,000 people have been killed since the revolt began in March 2011. The fighting continues across the country centering on key population areas. Many have fled across the border to Jordan and Turkey. At a UN run camp in Jordan, Syrians said desert sand storms are making it almost impossible for them to survive. Earlier today, about 50 people protesting conditions in the camp battled police. They wanted to leave the camp, but they were stopped.

Spain: An outbreak of wildfires in Spain leaves at least two people dead. The worst of the fires are on Spain's Canary Islands. Hundreds are being evacuated by ferry to the mainland to escape the flames and tourists are being advised to stay away from the country's southern coast. A dry winter followed by a scorching summer, with temperatures reaching 111 degrees in recent days, has increased the risks of wildfires greatly.

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