Hurricane Gustav weakened Monday before hitting the New Orleans area. Hundreds of volunteers and National Guard troops are watching for signs that the levees which keep the city out of floodwaters, are holding up.
US President George W. Bush, who was widely criticised for his handling of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, addresses the nation over the latest natural threat to the Gulf Coast. WATCH HIM LIVE ON FRANCE 24.
Hurricane Gustav reached the US coast early Monday morning, and is reportedly just 110 km from New Orleans, heading northwest from the Louisiana coast. Two million residents living along the Gulf Coast have been asked to evacuate.
An official ceremony at a government building in Ramadi on Monday marked the official transfer of Anbar province from US to Iraqi forces. Anbar is the first Sunni province to be returned to Iraqi control since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
The US military said Monday that coalition and Afghan troops had killed more than 220 militants in southern Afghanistan last week, while in Kabul hundreds of demonstrators accused the US army of killing three civilians in an overnight raid.
Hurricane Gustav reached the US coast early Monday morning. Two million residents living along the Gulf Coast have been asked to evacuate the area while almost all of the region's oil production has been shut down.
Hurricane Gustav is expected to hit the US coast on Monday. President Bush called the storm a "dangerous" one and urged concerned residents to heed evacuation orders, as New Orleans residents scrambled out of the city on Sunday.
US President George Bush described Hurricane Gustav as "very dangerous", and urged people in the storm zone to heed evacuation orders. Fleeing New Orleans residents crowded onto roads out of the city on Sunday.