Editor's Note: The danger cannot be overstated. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives - including 51 in Haiti. In the United States, schools are closed, businesses shuttered and mass transit suspended. Residents are being told to hunker down - and wait . Here is the full story.
Here are the latest developments:
[Update 4:49 a.m. ET] Anna Kate Twitty, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, was just on CNN and said the organization has multiple shelters across seven states where evacuees can find "a safe place, a warm meal and emotional support." To find a shelter, go to redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross or download the free Red Cross hurricane app for iphone and android users. FULL POST
Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:
Millions threatened by possible flooding from Sandy
Flooding is a major concern as Hurricane Sandy churns toward the U.S. East Coast. While strong winds are likely to bring major power outages and other troubles to inland areas this week, the possibility of significant storm surge has officials particularly concerned about millions of people on mid-Atlantic, New York and New England coasts, especially in New York City.
The center of the storm on Sunday afternoon was a Category 1, with max sustained winds of 75 mph and was a couple hundred miles off North Carolina. It could hit anywhere from Maryland to New York late Monday or early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says. It could unite with a low-pressure system from the West before it hits land, which could make it a little stronger.
Ukraine’s ruling party took the largest share of votes in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, according to exit polls, leading all opposition in a contest seen as a test for democracy in the former Soviet republic.
President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of Regions took 28.1% of the vote in a field of five parties expected to hold seats in parliament, according to Ukraine’s National Exit Poll. The United Opposition coalition, organized by jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her allies, followed with 24.7%. FULL POSTFULL STORY
An explosion at a shrine in northwest Pakistan has left three people dead and 26 others wounded, police said.
A bomb was planted on a bicycle near the shrine's main gate. It exploded during a religious festival, said Muhammad Hussain, police chief of Nowshera district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Many shrines have been attacked during religious festivals in Pakistan by a hardline sect that considers them non-Muslim activities.
Follow CNN's coverage of Pakistan at CNN.com/world.
[Updated 10:23 a.m.] The eight deaths in the attack at St. Rita Catholic church include the suicide bomber, an emergency official told CNN.
The wounded had critical injuries and were taken to four hospitals in Kaduna, said Musa Ilallah, regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency said.
As NEMA responded, angry Christian youth began "beating our staff and as a result broke the side glass of our ambulance that was on the scene to provide service," said Ilallah, who spoke to CNN from the scene of the attack.
[Updated 9:10 a.m.] At least eight people were killed and 100 were injured in the attack, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said. One man was also burned alive in a reprisal attack.
Scores of people have been killed in church bombings in the country in recent years.
The Boko Haram militant Islamist group has previously claimed responsibility for church bombings that killed dozens.
[Posted 5:58 a.m.] A suicide bomber drove an explosive filled car into a church in Kaduna, Nigeria, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. First responders are on the scene, but the number of casualties is not known yet.FULL STORY
More than 20,000 people were displaced in western Myanmar from the latest violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Askok Nigam, said.
The clashes between the two ethnic groups has left at least 64 people dead and thousands of homes torched in the western state of Rakhine. What's behind the violence?
A London man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offenses by the Metropolitan police who are investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, according to a statement issued by Scotland Yard. The police say the
individual falls under the strand of the investigation termed 'Savile and others.'