Otis to be upgraded to hurricane before making landfall near Acapulco

Tropical Storm Otis strengthened early Tuesday as it approached Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and was forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall near the resort of Acapulco late Tuesday or early Wednesday. HURRICANE NORMA CLOSES IN ON MEXICO’S LOS CABOS RESORTS The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that Otis was about 155 miles south-southeast … Read more

ISIS-linked rebels kill at least 26 in Congolese city

Extremists with ties to the Islamic State group killed at least 26 people in eastern Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Attackers with the Allied Democratic Forces killed people in the city of Oicha in North Kivu province on Monday, said Beni Charles Ehuta Omeonga, the military administrator for the area. “Among the victims were seven … Read more

At least 1 sailor dead, 4 missing after cargo ships crash off German coast

Two cargo ships collided in the North Sea on Tuesday, roughly 14 miles from the German island of Helgoland. The British-flagged Verity sank soon after the collision, potentially taking five crewmembers with it, while the Bahamas-flagged Polsie and all of its crew survived. Currents and visibility issues have significantly complicated rescue and recovery efforts on … Read more

US removes mention of Iran from draft UN resolution on Israel-Hamas war over Russian demands

A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution on the Israel-Hamas war that was expected to be voted on at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday includes no mention of Iran, the main patron of the Hamas and Hezbollah terror organizations.  The original draft resolution had called on Iran to stop funding terror groups, according to a Saturday … Read more

At least 50 kidnapped in Cameroon by gunmen of unknown origin

At least 50 people were kidnapped in two separate incidents over two days in northern Cameroon, local authorities said Tuesday. The kidnappings occurred Sunday and Monday afternoons by an unknown armed group near the border with Chad, the mayor of Touboro town, Celestin Yandal, told The Associated Press. Seven people have been released so far. … Read more

Costa Rica investigating theft of $6.1M from national bank

Costa Rica is investigating the theft of 3.3 billion colons ($6.1 million) in cash from its national bank, the largest bank robbery in the country’s history, anti-corruption authorities confirmed Tuesday. The money was noticed missing from bank vaults three weeks ago, but the robbery itself must have taken place in August, or earlier, said Jaime … Read more