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SPAIN

Search called off for African migrants

MADRID — Spain has called off the two-day search for some 50 African migrants whose crowded boat capsized in rough seas off the Canary Islands, officials said yesterday.

Search planes stopped looking for the migrants on Friday evening, and two rescue ships were called back yesterday morning, said a spokesman for the Spanish Interior Ministry’s office in the archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa.

The accident happened before dawn Thursday about 90 miles south of the Canary Island of Tenerife, when a wave capsized the boat as a Spanish rescue vessel was preparing to take the Africans off it.

BRITAIN

Thousands stranded by floods in England

LONDON — More than 2,000 people woke up yesterday in make-shift shelters in southern and west-central England after abandoning their cars on flooded highways or leaving trains disrupted by torrential rains.

Flooding provoked by exceptionally heavy rains on Friday forced dozens of people to climb to rooftops and wait to be rescued by helicopter, deprived hundreds of homes of electricity and caused flight cancellations.

Three Royal Air Force helicopters have rescued more than 40 people but still had to evacuate another dozen, including a man clinging to a lamppost in flood water and people stuck on roofs, emergency services said.

GERMANY

OFFICIAL SEES AL QAEDA THREAT

BERLIN — GERMAN AUTHORITIES THINK AL QAEDA IS TARGETING GERMANY FOR ATTACKS AND THAT GERMAN ISLAMISTS HAVE BEEN TRAVELING TO PAKISTAN FOR “TERRORIST TRAINING,” A TOP SECURITY OFFICIAL TOLD A NEWSPAPER.

IN A PREVIEW OF AN ARTICLE APPEARING TODAY IN FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE SONNTAGSZEITUNG, DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER AUGUST HANNING SAID: “THE DANGER THAT THERE COULD BE TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE IS VERY REAL. … WE HAVE MANY INDICATIONS THAT AL QAEDA IS TARGETING GERMANY AND GERMAN INSTALLATIONS ABROAD, SUCH AS EMBASSIES.”

LAST MONTH INTERIOR MINISTER WOLFGANG SCHAEUBLE SAID AUTHORITIES NEEDED TO INCREASE VIGILANCE DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT MILITANTS MIGHT CARRY OUT SUICIDE ATTACKS ON GERMAN SOIL.

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