1. The Chairman of the U.S Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has warned that the economic growth will slow down before the end of the year. But he says the economy was not heading for recession and the fall-out from the credit crisis could lead to a healthier financial system in the middium-to-long term.

2. The North sea coast of the Netherlands and Britian are facing their worst flood threat in decades, from a storm-driven tidal surge. The British government has warned the flood defences could be breached in Eastern England where police are evacuating elderly and disabled people.

3. A group of former pilots and government officials has called on the U.S. government to reopen an investigation into claims of UFO sighting, which has being closed since the late 1960s. The groups all say they have seen the UFO or have conducted to research into the phenomenon.

1. The authorities in the neighboring Caribbean countries of the Domincan Republic and Halti say at least sixty people have died as a result of heavy rains and mudslides sparked by tropical storm Noel. The Dominican authorities say that another 33 people are unaccounted for and that more than 25000 have been left homeless by the storm.

2. The US navy has helped with the release Taiwanese vessels, seized off the coast of Somania, the latest sign that is getting more directly vote in attacking piracies in the region. In the past week alone, the U.S. maybe has intervened on behalf of at least four vessels captured by piracies.

3. Several Indonisian volcanos spewed hot ash, molten rock and clouds of dark smoke Monday. Scientists are warning violent eruption could come at any moment.

4. A Taiwan national living in the suburban Cincinati, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to a series of rapes in which he used stun guns and chloroform to knock out the teenage daughters of his friends while they were home alone.


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