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British navy group: Hijackers have left vessel off UAE coast

The hijackers who captured a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman departed the targeted ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, as recorded radio traffic appeared to reveal a crew member onboard saying Iranian gunmen had stormed the asphalt tanker.

The hijackers who seized a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman left the targeted ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, without elaborating.

Greek island residents flee wildfire by sea; EU sends help

Coast guard vessels helped with evacuations Wednesday on the Greek island of Evia, where residents escaping wildfires fled to a beach for safety. Fire crews across the country struggled amid a record heat wave to contain new blazes, including one near the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games.

Burned vehicles after a wildfire in Varibobi area, northern Athens, Greece, on Aug. 4, 2021. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)