Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern
California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from
a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to
Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.
Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters
have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing
Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group
monitoring the Syrian conflict says.
An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war is holding as as
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces strong criticism in
Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in
which no clear victor has emerged.
State scientists and officials are warning some residents of
Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by
a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a
forest preserve toward their neighborhood.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and Ukraine's Petro
Poroshenko had discussed the need for a swift end to
bloodshed in Ukraine, but it was up to Kiev to work out
conditions for a ceasefire with separatist rebels.