HURRICANE GUSTAV: Powerful Hurricane Gustav is headed toward the U.S. Gulf coast after
hitting western Cuba, where it caused considerable destruction, but no
It has weakened since crossing Cuba, but is expected to strengthen as it travels across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning early today (Sunday), meaning hurricane conditions are expected by early Monday along parts of the coast, including the city of New Orleans.
The hurricane center says Gustav's winds have decreased to just over
200 kilometers per hour after striking Cuba with winds of 240
kilometers per hour.
Forecasters say Gustav will remain a major hurricane until landfall,
likely to hit somewhere near New Orleans, which was devastated three
years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
THAI AND POLITICS: Thailand's Parliament convened an emergency session today (Sunday) to debate solutions to the country's spiraling political crisis.
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has admitted that his administration
has not been able to control anti-government protesters, and he called
the emergency session in the hope of finding a solution.
Hours before Parliament met, Mr. Samak said in his weekly radio address
that he would not declare a state of emergency to deal with the
protesters. However, he said he would not bow to their demands that he
INDIA-KASHMIR: Hindus in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ended a two-month protest today (Sunday) following the government's decision to grant Hindu pilgrims temporary use of land near one of their important temples.
Indian authorities say the 40-hectares of forest land will be available
for temporary accommodations during the annual pilgrimage to the
Amarnath shrine. The government will retain ownership of the land.
Tensions have run high in the Himalayan region since June, when the
government announced plans to transfer the land in a Muslim-majority
area to the Hindu-shrine.
MEXICO CRIME: Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have marched in locations across the
country to demand a stop to a wave of killings, abductions and
Mass protests took place Saturday in all of Mexico's 32 states. In
Mexico City, an overflow crowd of more than 100-thousand gathered in
the capital city's main Zocalo square. Many demonstrators carried signs
that read "Enough. We want to live in peace."
Violence has continued to climb in spite of a crackdown launched by President Felipe Calderon after he took office in 2006.
Mr. Calderon deployed more than 25-thousand soldiers and federal police to fight drug cartels.
AFGHANISTAN VIOLENCE: The U.S.-led coalition, Afghan government and the United Nations have
agreed to launch a joint probe into the August 22nd U.S. air strike in
western Afghanistan that allegedly killed up to 90 civilians.
The U.S.-led coalition says 25 militants and five civilians were killed
when troops called in air strikes following an attack by militants in
The United Nations has said it found "convincing evidence" of the higher death toll after an on-scene investigation.