Tour Boat Understaffed

  • The tour boat that capsized in upstate New York over the weekend, killing 20 elderly passengers, did not have the required number of crew-members aboard, officials say. The Ethan Allen capsized on Sunday afternoon while on Lake George, N.Y. It was carrying 47 passengers and just one crew-member -- the captain. CTV News

  • A car bomber on Tuesday blew himself up in Iraq's Green Zone, killing three people and injuring six others. The Green Zone houses the Iraqi government and embassies for the U.S. and Britain. CBC News

  • Tropical Storm Stan strengthened to a hurricane early Tuesday and barreled toward Mexico's Gulf coast, threatening a major port and forcing the evacuation of several oil platforms. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to hit land later Tuesday, and a hurricane warning was issued for part of the Gulf coastline, from Palma Sola southeast to Chilitepec. CNN News

  • French commuters faced serious travel disruptions on Tuesday morning from a one-day nationwide strike that was also expected to ground hundreds of flights from Paris' two main airports. News24

  • The U.S. launched a major offensive Tuesday in a group of Iraq cities in the Euphrates River valley. About 2,500 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of Iraqi troops took part in Operation River Gate, aimed at insurgents using the area as a safe haven. CBC News

  • Indonesian police have detained two men in connection with the suicide bombings in Bali, which killed 19 people and wounded more than 130 others. Bali's police chief, Maj. Gen. Made Mangku Pastika, said Tuesday that the men were taken into custody on Sunday, but had not formally been named as suspects, according to The Associated Press. CNN News

  • Hope faded on Tuesday for 59 police trainees missing after a landslide in southeastern China as the confirmed death toll from Typhoon Longwang rose to 15 and wild weather pummelled other parts of the country. News24

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