24th September; 19:30
New Orleans escaped another major catastrophe as most levees held up against Hurricane Rita's fury, but the poorest neighborhood was again soaking wet as wind-whipped water overwhelmed a fragile canal wall.
President George W. Bush, watching Hurricane Rita pound the US coast from a military base in the Rocky Mountains, expressed confidence in the government's response.
Two Hamas militants were killed in an air strike in Gaza, Israel's first targeted killing since its historic pullout from the territory, endangering hopes of a new era in Middle East peace.
The UN atomic watchdog adopted by vote an EU proposal that sets Iran up for referral to the UN Security Council, a spokeswoman said, in a sharp escalation of the West's face-off with the Islamic Republic.
The leader of Iraq's main Shiite political party added his voice to those of Shiite religious leaders calling for a "yes" vote on the draft constitution, as rallies were held from London to Washington against the war.
Thousands of anti-war demonstrators rallied outside the White House, demanding the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq as public opinion polls show a majority now believe the invasion was a mistake.
The head of the IMF questioned the effectiveness of the Bush administration's plan to reduce US financial deficits, warning that it would have been hard to implement even without Hurricane Katrina.
US Vice President Dick Cheney, 64, was hospitalized for surgery on an aneurysm in a blood vessel behind his right knee, his spokeswoman said.
Ethiopia's government has accused opposition groups planning a mass rally next week to protest disputed May elections of fomenting violence and plotting a coup d'etat.