Tuesday, October 30, 2012

World News Briefs -- October 30, 2012 (Evening Edition)

Millions of terrified Americans wake to life after Sandy: Homes all along the East Coast Are Under 'Six Feet' Of Water, Torn Apart By Winds Or Smashed By Trees, Leaving at Least 33 Dead -- Daily Mail

* The 1,000-mile-wide superstorm lashed towns and cities up and down the New Jersey shore
* Thousands are clinging to their roofs as at least six feet of water has flooded their streets and homes
* 8.1million people left without power after Sandy hit the coast at 8pm last night
* Estimated cost of repairs stands at $20billion, meaning this could be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history
* 500 people trapped in their homes in Atlantic City after it became too late to evacuate
* The town's fabled boardwalk was partially ripped up after the 80mph winds hit the New Jersey shoreline
* Deaths reported in New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut
* A woman was killed by a falling sign in Toronto as high winds closed in
* Sandy is a monstrous hybrid superstorm consisting of rain, high wind and snow
* Part of a nuclear power plant shut down and another put on alert
* Replica 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty goes down off North Carolina
* Critically ill patients evacuated from hospitals after backup generators fail and the power goes out

America has woken to scenes of death and absolute devastation after its East Coast was hit with the full force of the biggest storm in U.S. history, leaving at least 33 people dead and more than 8.1 without power.

Sandy has swept away and millions of people are now counting the cost of this natural disaster that has wrecked homes, infrastructure and the lives of those unlucky enough to be in its relentless and violent path.

The people of Atlantic City have been badly hit, as it went under water after the ferocious winds hit its shores. Dozens of people have been rescued from the roofs of their properties because many areas are flooded with at least 6ft of seawater.

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Iran pulls back from nuclear bomb goal: Israeli defense minister.

Syria air raids continue as diplomacy falters. Syrian jets bomb area near Homs to break rebel siege.

Netanyahu says strike on Iran would be good for Arabs.

Former Mossad Director advises against Israeli red lines.

Iran begins new military exercises.

Iran dispatches warships to Sudan after Israeli airstrike on missile base.

Bahrain bans all protests in crackdown on Shia opposition movement.

Egypt imposes curfew to save power.

Egypt's Copts vote for successor to Pope Shenouda III.


Ningbo protest, response both typical of China’s environmental debate.

In Pakistan’s Taliban territory, education is a casualty of conflict.
Two British soldiers killed in 'green on blue' Afghanistan attack.

Fear, mistrust grip Myanmar's volatile Rakhine region.

Kim Jong-un's wife reappears after two-month absence.

China steps carefully with protesting middle class.

Anti-corruption crusader rattles India's political class.

Japan seeks exemption on U.S. sanctions on Iran: Nikkei.

Unexploded WWII bomb forces Japanese airport to close.


Protesters storm Libya congress after prime minister presents government.New Libya PM presents coalition government to congress.

Rwanda's General Nyamwasa in South Africa refugee case.

Mali: Military experts meet on Mali. Mali troop deployment nears reality: ECOWAS official.

EU weighs options for helping Mali.

Somalia's General Farah killed in al-Shabab ambush.

Kenya: Kisumu anger after politician Kwega killed.

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire jailed.

South Africa police fire rubber bullets at striking miners.


Polish newspaper report on 2010 crash causes furor. Smolensk jet crash: Polish prosecutors deny explosives claim.
Spain's Rajoy rules out imminent request for help.

U.S. and EU push for progress in troubled Balkans. Clinton: Bosnia risks being left behind on EU/NATO path.

A day of judgment looms over the EU budget.

French PM sparks controversy with 35-hour week remark.

Italy president says Monti government must continue until spring.

Observers denounce Ukrainian election, citing abuses by rulers.

Region’s struggles seen in a Romanian scandal.


Sandy: Storm-hit New York declared major disaster area.
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Powerful storm devastates New York, New Jersey.

Storm damages crops in Haiti, fueling food price woes.

Colombia rebel ambush kills six officers, police say.

Brazil's business hub Sao Paulo elects new mayor.

Bolivian journalist Fernando Vidal set alight on air.

Case of blonde girl beggar strikes nerve in Mexico.


Egypt security forces probe ‘terror cell’ links to al-Qaeda.

Lawmaker urges feds to monitor Hezbollah in Mexico.

Al-Qaeda claims deadly holiday attacks in Iraq.

The continuing threat of nuclear terrorism.

Oil and globalization fuel Al Qaeda terror network (commentary).


Global economic recovery remains uncertain, says Lagarde and Merkel.

Sandy unlikely to damage US economy, analysts say.

Microsoft, Google unveil new smartphones.

Apple announces management shake-up. CEO Cook remakes Apple for post-Jobs era, forstall exits.

Swiss bank UBS to cut as many as 10,000 jobs.

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