Top news: Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Monday night as a downgraded storm, claiming at least 16 lives across the United States and leaving more than seven million customers without power in 10 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to CNN. The storm's powerful winds may now reach Canada and as far west as the Great Lakes, as West Virginia faces heavy snow.
In New York City, several subway tunnels are flooded after what the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has called the most destructive storm in the subway system's 108-year history. President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster area in New York City, Long Island, and eight counties in New Jersey.
Haiti is also struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, which ruined crops, destroyed homes, and caused at least 52 deaths in the country. The storm also killed 11 people in Cuba, where residents of the city of Santiago are without power and running water.
Clinton visits Balkans: After a stop in Algeria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia. In the Balkans, she and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will urge leaders to resolve lingering ethnic and geopolitical disputes in order to integrate more fully into European institutions.
- Bahrain banned protests and threatened legal action against protest organizers.
- Syrian troops and rebels clashed in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus as Syrian warplanes bombed rebel targets outside of Homs.
- Libya's prime minister presented his government to the national congress for approval.
- International observers are criticizing Ukraine's parliamentary election, which the ruling Party of Regions appears to have won.
- The Swiss bank UBS announced that it will be cutting 10,000 jobs worldwide.
- Lithuania's president blocked an effort by opposition parties to form a coalition government.
- A man in an Afghan police uniform killed two coalition soldiers in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
- A Vietnamese court imprisoned two musicians who wrote songs that criticized the government.
- The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reappeared in public.
- South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at striking miners near Rustenburg.
- Gunmen killed the Somali poet Warsame Shire Awale in Mogadishu.
- An Iranian naval task force docked in Sudan.
- Suspected FARC rebels killed six Colombian police officers in a southwestern province.
- Venezuela's defense minister is leaving his post to run for governor in the state of Trujillo.
- Attackers set a Bolivian radio journalist on fire while he was presenting a program.
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