Puerto Rico in the dark

Almost four months ago, Hurricane Maria decimated the U.S. territory’s outdated electric grid so forcefully that 40 percent of its 3.4 million residents remain without power.










Search for Southern California mudslide victims

Search and rescue crews scour parts of California’s Santa Barbara County for people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18.  Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight were missing. Earlier, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department incorrectly reported 48 people were missing, citing a clerical error.
Family members anxiously awaited word on loved ones who hadn’t been heard from since the onslaught early Tuesday. “It’s just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven’t heard from them – we have to find them,” said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents’ home was wrecked. The couple, Jim and Alice Mitchell, did not heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home to celebrate Jim Mitchell’s 89th birthday. CBS News confirmed on Thursday that the Mitchells were among the fatalities.








Mudslides hit Southern California

Rescue personnel continued searching for victims where mudslides slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles. At least 15 people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, where she had been trapped for hours. She was taken away on a stretcher. Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people north-west of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos. Winfrey’s home survived the storm and slides. At least 25 people were injured.











Thousands protest Netanyahu for corruption in Tel Aviv

Thousands of people gather to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged corruption at the Rotschild Boulevard in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

North Korea’s nuclear celebrations

Just days after North Korea successfully launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile — another dramatic weapons advancement that further escalated tensions with the United States and South Korea — state media is reporting that people in Pyongyang have taken to the streets to celebrate with a street party and fireworks.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that “dancing parties” had broken out in the capital and that there was “great joy and excitement” among government employees and civilians because of the previous day’s launch.












Extraordinary Summit of the OIC in Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as term president of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation called for an extraordinary meeting in Istanbul after U.S President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem capital of Israel.

New missile test shows North Korea capable of hitting all of US

North Korea said it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a “breakthrough” that puts the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere

A Palestinian protester prays during clashes with Israeli troops

A Palestinian protester prays during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. 

World Reacts to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Thousands of Palestinians protest in a “Day of Rage”

Thousands of Palestinians protest in a “day of rage” in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital.