CYPRUS: Black Sunset

On the beach-rimmed isle of Cyprus last week, an old man looked at the sky. "The sunset is black over the sea," he quavered. "It is God's warning." Next day, Cyprus was shaken by its worst earthquake. A woman threw herself across her three-year-old daughter when the house crumbled, but she could not reach her son. "Why didn't God give me time to protect them both?" she wailed. In another village, a bride's veil hung above the ruins of a house where a young couple had been married the weekend before.

The island's toll: 39 dead, more than 100 injured,...

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