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7 Dead in 20-Car Pileup During Utah Sandstorm

Others are reportedly in critical condition

(Newser) - At least seven people were killed in a 20-vehicle pileup crash during a sandstorm Sunday afternoon, Utah Highway Patrol said. The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh, according to a news release. Several people were reportedly taken to hospitals in critical condition, the AP reports. Ground...

Man Arrested After Complaining About Sandstorm

He posted video complaining about Kuwait weather

(Newser) - Police in Kuwait have arrested a resident—an Egyptian man—for posting a video online in which he rants about bad weather and dust storms. The arrest underscored the country’s restrictions on expression and drew criticism on social media Monday over his detention. Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior said...

Mongolia, China Endure Devastating Sandstorms

Expansion of Gobi desert means storms could increase

(Newser) - Eight major sandstorms in the past three months have hit Mongolia and China, darkening skies and causing breathing difficulty while killing people and livestock. The storms are centered in the border area at the Gobi desert, but the sand has reached Beijing . In northern China, air pollution levels reached 20...

This Was the Morning Commute in Beijing

A sandstorm descended on the city

(Newser) - China's capital and a wide swath of the country's north were enveloped Monday in the worst sandstorm in a decade, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, per the AP . Skyscrapers in the center of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand. Traffic was...

Huge Sandstorm Turns Beijing Sky Orange

Storms have jumped sixfold in 50 years due to deforestation

(Newser) - China's capital woke up to orange-tinted skies today as the strongest sandstorm so far this year hit the country's north, delaying some flights at Beijing's airport and prompting a dust warning for Seoul. The sky glowed and a thin dusting of sand covered Beijing, causing workers to muffle their faces...

Vanished Persian Army Turns Up in Sand
 Vanished Persian Army 
 Turns Up in Sand 

Vanished Persian Army Turns Up in Sand

Evidence of 50K doomed soldiers found in Egyptian desert

(Newser) - Italian archaeologists in Egypt claim to have unearthed evidence of a 6th-century BC Persian military folly once thought mythical. Herodotus described an army of 50,000 Persians sent by their emperor, Cambyses, to destroy an oracle that had spoken ill of his ambitions. The army was, according to lore, beset...

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