Thousands of Bangladeshis were left homeless on Sunday after Cyclone Roanu battered the impoverished southern coastal region, ripping apart flimsy houses and killing at least 24 people. The storm on Saturday ploughed through low-lying villages in the Chittagong and Barisal regions, where residents described seeing meters-high walls of water that caught some unaware. The cyclone damaged tens of thousands of mud-and-tin houses in the impoverished southern districts, with many low-lying villages inundated by a storm surge.
(TRUNEWS) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim they are keeping their eyes on 279 pregnant women who may be infected with Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories, like Puerto Rico, which has the highest number, according to The Washington Post.
With the summer months approaching, there is even more concern others will become infected.
President Obama has appointed a transgender man to a prominent faith advisory position, sparking a flood of outrage from conservatives.
His recent announcement named Barbara Satin to be a member of the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a choice commentator Tim Brown at Freedom Outpost scorched as a “mentally sick transgender man.”
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the United States is the Middle East’s main enemy, with the “Zionist regime” a close second.
Speaking at a meeting in Tehran on Sunday with the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Abdullah, Khamenei said that looking at the turmoil in the region in a “macro” sense, the US was clearly to blame, with Israel following closely behind. PIJ is an Islamist terrorist organization.
In comments carried by Iranian websites, some of which were then posted to Khamenei’s Twitter page, the Iranian leader unleashed a series of anti-US and anti-Israel remarks.
Alleged peace-maker John Kerry threatened to wage war-without-end on Syria – if the Middle East country does accept the US demand for regime change.
That’s hardly the language of a supposed bona fide diplomat who presents an image to the world as a politician concerned to bring about an end to the five-year Syrian conflict.
The US Secretary of State repeatedly sounds anxious to alleviate the appalling suffering of the Syrian nation, where over the past five years some 400,000 people have been killed and millions displaced as refugees.
Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma on Friday vetoed a highly contentious proposal to all but ban abortion in the state. The vetoed bill would have made it a criminal felony punishable by three years in prison for any doctor to perform an abortion.
Fallin, a Republican who has signed 18 anti-abortion measures, cited the fact that the bill was vague and likely to be struck down in court.
(CNN)The yellow fever outbreak in Angola is serious and of great concern, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
The WHO held an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday to review the latest information about the outbreak that began in December. The committee said the outbreak does not constitute a public health emergency.
“It does require intensified control measures but is not a public health emergency of international concern,” said professor Oyewale Tomori, chairman of the WHO yellow fever emergency committee.
More than 2,400 people have been infected since December, and 300 people have died. “This is a devastating disease with a high mortality rate and rapid spread,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, executive director of outbreaks and health emergencies for the WHO.
Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Thursday’s peak temperature was the highest on record. The previous high was 50.6 degrees Celsius (123 degrees Fahrenheit), recorded in 1956 in Alwar, also in India’s desert state, Rajasthan.
The capital, New Delhi, experienced temperatures of over 47 degrees Celsius in recent days. Demand for electricity surged in the city, which is home to around 25 million people. Hospitals in the capital also recorded several cases of heatstroke and schools announced the summer break earlier than normal.
The IMD issued a heat wave alert for the next two days in the western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and in Madhya Pradesh in central India. The high temperatures were expected to last for some time as officials said the monsoons would only hit the southwestern coast of Kerala on June 7.
Is an eruption of one or more of the major volcanoes in the northwest United States imminent? In recent days, very large earthquake swarms have been reported at Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. It is certainly not unusual for each of these volcanoes to experience earthquake swarms from time to time, but right now we are seeing this happen at all three volcanoes simultaneously, and this comes at a time when seismic activity along the Ring of Fire is on the rise all over the planet.
…This year, grain stocks will be more meagre than usual. In recent years the rains in the Horn of Africa haven’t followed their usual cycles. Crops have withered. Haregewoin says there’s already severe hunger and in the coming months it will be significantly worse. About 10-million Ethiopians don’t have enough food and four million children are at risk.