Nearly a quarter of a million people have been affected by a series of storms which have hit 23 of Mexico's 32 states. The latest, Hurricane Manuel, swept over the northwestern state of Sinaloa forcing hundreds from their homes.
Search efforts continued in the remote mountain village of La Pintada, north of Acapulco, where 68 people were reported missing following a landslide caused by a 3 day downpour. Two bodies have been recovered while soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt in the continuing search for victims. Authorities looked for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on Mexico's Pacific coast.
The Russian Coast Guard is towing a Greenpeace ship, the "Arctic Sunrise," toward the nearest port of Murmansk, after armed officers stormed it following a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said the Greenpeace activists' behavior around the oil platform had the outward signs of extremist activity, that could lead to deaths and other grave consequences.