Hurricane Sandy has led to a major shutdown in New York City. The BBC's United Nations correspondent, Barbara Plett says the headquarters are closed today and that many important meetings just won't happen.
Gasoline is being rationed in parts of New Jersey and New York as the area copes with the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy and this week's Nor'easter. Japan had to resort to similar measures in the aftermath of last year's earthquake and tsunami.
In France, there is a proposed amendment to put a 300 percent tax on palm oil, which is deemed unhealthy. The amendment has been nicknamed the "Nutella tax" because the chocolate-hazelnut spread contains no less than 20 percent palm oil.
After nearly two months, the New York Police swept into Zucotti Park Tuesday night, ordering Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave the park with their belongings, or be arrested. About 150 protesters were taken into police custody.
Ray Kelly, pictured, announced that Jose Pimentel, 27, was arrested Saturday and charged with conspiring to build a bomb and detonate it in the New York area. The arrest came together quickly after it became clear Pimentel was hours away from having an operational bomb.
With Mitt Romney the only GOP presidential candidate with staying power, and with Tea Party activists growing more and more dissatisfied with him, is it possible the situation is ripe for a third party candidate to emerge?