On the first day of the 2006 hurricane season, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff discusses the federal government’s preparedness for another storm season after the devastation and chaotic response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The chairman of the African Union Commission expressed “deep regret” Thursday that two prominent rebel groups in Darfur had declined to sign a peace agreement before the May 31 deadline. Continue reading
Survivors of Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Indonesia face the threat of Mount Merapi, a volcano showing signs of eruption. Following a report on the volcano’s activity, Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States updates relief efforts in the region. Continue reading
A Russian judge sentenced the only known surviving hostage-taker of the 2004 Beslan school siege to life in prison, prompting an angry outburst from mothers of some of the victims who stormed the cage where the Chechen militant stood. Continue reading
The World Health Organization launched an investigation Wednesday into the deaths of six family members in Indonesia who may have died as a result of human-to-human transmission of the bird flu. Continue reading
New Orleans officials enacted an updated plan Tuesday, under which an evacuation will be ordered up to 36 hours before a Category 3 or stronger hurricane hits the city. Local emergency responders used the test to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Continue reading