TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago.
The extent of the damage was unclear because much of the affected region was without electricity and phone and internet service, and strong winds hampered radio transmissions.
Preliminary reports from the coast included toppled trees and electric poles and roofs stripped from homes and businesses, said Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua's emergency management agency. More than 40,000 people were in shelters.
Later, Nicaragua Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo said that a brother and sister, ages 11 and 8, had drowned in the community of La Pinuela trying to cross the swollen Solera River. There were reports of others missing in the same area.
Israel, Palestine reinstate ties
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday announced it would reinstate ties with Israel, after they were cut because of an Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank, which has since been put on ice.
“We have received a paper from Israel pledging to abide by the agreements with us, and therefore we announce the resumption of contacts,” Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh was quoted as saying by local media.
The Palestinians are to resume security cooperation with Israel and to accept tax revenue dues from Israel, as they had before summer.
In May, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the U.S. and Israel in reaction to an Israeli annexation plan, which was later put on ice with the normalization agreements the Jewish state signed with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in September.
1,500 searches after jewel heist
More than 1,500 police carried out a series of searches in Berlin and arrested three people in a massive operation connected to the spectacular theft of 18th-century jewels from a unique collection in Dresden last November, authorities said Tuesday.
The operation was coordinated by police and prosecutors in Dresden investigating the Nov. 25 theft of a large diamond brooch, a diamond epaulette and other treasures from the Saxony city's Green Vault Museum.
A total of 1,638 police officers from Saxony, Berlin and several other states, as well as federal special police forces, searched a total of 18 locations. The searches did not immediately turn up any of the missing treasures.
Sale of gas cars to end by '30 in UK
Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday.
Boris Johnson made the pledge as part of plans for a “green industrial revolution” that he claims could create up to 250,000 jobs in energy, transport and technology.
Automakers have expressed concern about the target, saying the previous goal of 2040 was already ambitious.
Ethiopian leader vows offensive
Ethiopia's prime minister Tuesday declared “the final and crucial” military operation will launch in the coming days against the government of the country's rebellious Tigray region, while the United Nations warned of a “full-scale humanitarian crisis” with refugees fleeing and people in Tigray starting to go hungry.
In a warning to Americans still in the Tigray region, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said those who can't leave safely “are advised to shelter in place.” More than 1,000 citizens of various foreign countries are estimated to be trapped.