A TOWER OF POWER IN SPAIN
SWELLING RIVER PROMPTS EVACUATIONS IN IOWA
Some residents of Iowa cities along the Cedar River have been ordered to evacuate because of flooding.
Residents in the southeast part of Palo, north of Cedar Rapids, were told to leave Saturday morning, KGAN-TV reported.
Voluntary evacuations in Cedar Rapids were set to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday. Officials, including the Iowa National Guard, will enforce an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew in evacuated areas along the river.
The city released maps showing areas that are predicted to be inundated by floodwaters if the Cedar reaches a flood level of 24 feet or more. Forecasts call for that level to be exceeded by at least a foot. — Kelly McGowan, The Des Moines Register
JEREMY CORBYN RE-ELECTED TO LEAD UK’S LABOUR PARTY
Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was challenged over his handling of the Brexit campaign to leave the European Union, handily won re-election Saturday as head of the divided opposition party.
The 67-year-old far-left renegade, who was elected leader in September 2015, beat back a challenge from the little-known Owen Smith, winning almost 62% of more than 500,000 votes cast by Labour members and supporters. Corbyn said he would work to unite the party.
— Jane Onyanga- Omara
MEXICO BATTLES BLAZE ABOARD FUEL TANKER
Mexico’s state-owned oil company said it is working to extinguish a blaze aboard a loaded tanker ship in the Gulf of Mexico.
The tanker Burgos was carrying about 168,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel fuel. Mexico’s navy rescued 31 crew members and no injuries were reported.
Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, documents show the Burgos has a total capacity of about 270,000 barrels.
Firefighting boats were working to extinguish the fire Saturday about 7 nautical miles off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio.
There were no immediate reports of fuel spills and the cause of the fire was unknown. Pemex said through Twitter that it did not pose a threat to the population.
The Veracruz Port Authority said the Burgos was scheduled to dock Sunday morning.
‘Castellers’ form a human tower during the traditional Merce Fiestas at Saint Jaume square in Barcelona on Saturday.