Australian cities hit by flooding

BRISBANE, Australia — Heavy rains sent floodwaters pouring into homes and businesses today in several northeast Australian towns still cleaning up from a massive cyclone that tore through the region last month.

A huge band of monsoonal rain hanging over a coastal area south of Cairns prompted flash flood warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland state, which was battered by months of deadly flooding that began late last year and by a giant cyclone in February.

In the hard-hit town of Cardwell — where Cyclone Yasi tore roofs off houses, threw boats from the sea and shredded the main road last month — nearly eight inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.

Mob attacks women's protest in Cairo

CAIRO — Women hoping to extend their rights in post-revolutionary Egypt encountered a harsh reality Tuesday when a mob of angry men beat and sexually assaulted a group of marchers calling for political and social equality, witnesses said.

"Everyone was chased. Some were beaten. They were touching us everywhere," said Dina Abou Elsoud, 35, a hostel owner and organizer of the ambitiously named Million Woman March.

She was among a half-dozen women who said they were repeatedly groped by men — a common form of intimidation and harassment here that was a target of the protesters. None reported serious injuries.

U.S. student's body found in Madrid river

MADRID — The body of a U.S. exchange student from California was pulled out of a Madrid river on Tuesday, 10 days after he disappeared following a night on the town, a police official said.

The cause of death was not known but there were no immediate signs of foul play in the death of 22-year-old San Diego State University business student Austin Bice, the National Police official said.

An autopsy will be carried out today.