Oklahoma Tornado 2013: Rescuers Continue Search For Survivors As Cleanup Begins
Rescue efforts in the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb of Moore continued through the night into Wednesday morning, with officials increasingly confident that everyone caught in the disaster had been accounted for.
The massive tornado that tore through the area on Monday wiped out blocks of houses, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240.
Forty five minutes of twister terror that left dozens dead
A desperate search is underway for survivors after a giant two-mile wide tornado roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma leaving dozens dead, including seven children who drowned in a pool of water at their school.
Plaza Towers Elementary was in the direct path of the giant twister that ravaged Moore on Monday afternoon and today rescuers were combing the debris to find 24 students who went missing after the building took a direct hit during 45 minutes of terror.
Initial reports said as many as 91 people could have been killed in the tragedy, but officials confirmed on Tuesday morning there have been 24 deaths.
They added they fear for as many as 40 others - including 20 children - and expect the death count to rise. At least 240 people are injured - 60 of these children.
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster area in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in Moore.
Wave of violent attacks kills at least 70 in Iraq
A wave of car bombs and shootings killed at least 70 people in Shiite and Sunni areas of Iraq on Monday, officials said, escalating fears of a return to widespread sectarian bloodletting in the country.
The attacks, some of which hit market places and crowded bus stops during the morning rush hour, pushed the death toll in Iraq since Wednesday to more than 200. The bloodshed over the past week has been reminiscent of the retaliatory attacks between Sunnis and Shiites that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
Russia sends advanced missiles to aid Assad in Syria
Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday.
Russia has previously provided a version of the missiles, called Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more effective, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports and would only discuss the shipment on the basis of anonymity.
6 dead, 7 missing as tornadoes rip through Texas
North Texas residents began to take in the devastation on Thursday wreaked by a series of tornadoes that killed six and injured dozens more in what Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described as a “nightmare” scenario.
Seven of 14 people who had previously been unaccounted for had checked in by Thursday morning, Deeds said at a press conference on Thursday. About 100 people were reported injured and as many as 250 were homeless after the swarm of twisters that ripped up trees and knocked down homes on Wednesday evening.
The six deceased were all adults, Deeds said. There have been no reports of injuries to first responders, the sheriff said.
Nigeria declares emergency in areas hit by Islamists
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states on Tuesday, ordering in more troops to try to stem an increasingly violent Islamist insurgency.
Islamist sect Boko Haram has intensified its attacks on security forces and government targets in its northeast stronghold this month, prompting Jonathan to declare an emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
"We are facing ... a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to our national unity," Jonathan said in a televised address.
Wave of cyberattacks targets American energy companies
A new wave of cyberattacks has been hitting American corporations, and federal officials, say the attackers, who reside somewhere in the Middle East, are trying to sabotage these corporations.
The New York Times reports that the majority of the targets have been energy companies. The attacks are trying to take control of company’s processing systems. Officials say they do not know whether the attacks are the work of criminals, hacking organizations, or are state-sponsored.
North Korea calls US-South Korea summit a preparation for war
Ahead of a nuclear-powered U.S. carrier's visit to South Korea, North Korea on Friday called this week's summit between the U.S. and South Korean presidents a prelude to war against Pyongyang. Yet it also said it was waiting "with patience" to see if Seoul changes its policies.
The North described South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to Washington as a "despicable sycophantic trip to please her master."
Ariel Castro's brothers will not be charged in kidnapping case, prosecutor says
Prosecutors brought no charges Wednesday against Ariel Castro's two brothers, who were arrested along with him on Monday, saying there was no evidence to support they had anything to do with the kidnapping of three Cleveland girls.
Ariel Castro, 52, who was initially named the prime suspect in the case, was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. His brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro will not be charged in the case, Cleveland Division of Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said.
Tomba further clarified that the two brothers were taken into custody because they were with their brother at the time of his arrest. The brothers will appear in court this morning, but on charges unrelated to the case.
U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks; rebels skeptical
Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad to cling to power.
Visiting Moscow after Israel bombed targets near Damascus and as President Barack Obama faces renewed calls to arm the rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia had agreed to try to arrange a conference as early as this month.
An East-West disagreement that has seen some of the frostiest exchanges between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War has deadlocked U.N. efforts to settle the Syrian conflict for two years, so any rapprochement could bring an international common front closer than it has been for many months.
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