Katia now Category 2 hurricane; Tropical Storm Lee drenching Gulf Coast

Katia now Category 2 hurricane; Tropical Storm Lee drenching Gulf Coast

Katia is now a Category 2 hurricane and could be on its way to becoming a stronger one by Monday, PalmBeachPost reports. Its path, however, remains unlikely to bring anything more than storm-borne swells and rip-current conditions to South Florida as it aims instead for Bermuda and later the Carolinas.…

Tropical Storm Lee threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain

Tropical Storm Lee threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain

The outer bands of Lee, the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, began dumping rain over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama on Friday. Heavy rains will pound some areas along the Gulf coast, with some forecast to receive up to 20 inches. Tropical storm warning flags were…

Turkey is Israel’s sixth-largest and fastest-growing export destination

Turkey is Israel’s sixth-largest and fastest-growing export destination

Yet even as relations between the longtime regional allies sour, there’s one aspect of their partnership that’s still humming along: commerce. The Wall Street Journal notes that trade between the two countries rose by a quarter last year to more than $3 billion (representing just under 3 percent of Israel’s foreign trade that year).…

Israel hopes to mend ties with Turkey, İsraeli officials say

Israel hopes to mend ties with Turkey, İsraeli officials say

Israel hopes to mend ties with Turkey, a government official said on Friday, after Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military agreements with the Jewish state, deepening the feud between the two former allies, Jerusalem Post reports. Turkey’s announcement came the day after a UN report said the Jewish state had used unreasonable…

Turkey expels Israeli ambassador and cut ties, after Gaza Flotilla refusal

Turkey expels Israeli ambassador and cut ties, after Gaza Flotilla refusal

Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people.…

Turkish main opposition party leader to visit Somalia

Turkish main opposition party leader to visit Somalia

A delegation from Turkey’s main opposition party headed by the party’s chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, will pay a visit to famine-stricken Somalia, as Turkish people have so far collected a total of 393.39 million Turkish liras ($225 million) in donations for Somalia A delegation from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party…

Ramadan, holy month ended, Saudi Arabia has announced

Ramadan, holy month ended, Saudi Arabia has announced

Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has ended.  The decision was made after sunset Monday when the new moon was spotted. Saudi Arabia said the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan would begin Tuesday. Turkey, Egypt and several other Muslim countries said they, too,…

New York subways and busses not running today, could be rough commute on Monday

In the city that never sleeps, it may be some time while before the nation’s largest mass transit system rumbles back into service, as the MTA was not ready to resume service 24 hours after an unprecedented shutdown of New York City’s transit system, in preparation of Hurricane Irene. It…

Irene makes landfall in New Jersey

Irene makes landfall in New Jersey

Sunday 06:12, Hurricane Irene makes second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Irene’s intensity was estimated at 75 mph. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the huge storm lumbered ashore near Little Egg Inlet at 5:35 a.m. The center says a hurricane warning…

Hurricane Irene Set to Slam New York, Long Island Sunday morning

Hurricane Irene Set to Slam New York, Long Island Sunday morning

Hurricane Irene is expected to go ashore near the border of Nassau County and Queens at about 9 a.m. Sunday, Bloomberg News reports. With rain falling and winds increasing, the National Weather Service said Irene will strike in full force tomorrow at 9 a.m. It may be a Category 1…