Despite predictions Los Angeles drivers would ignore warnings to stay off the roads, a huge number of people ditched their cars this weekend during the closure of one of the nation's most congested highways. Work on the 405 Freeway progressed well on Day Two of Carmageddon II -- and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that the freeway will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday as scheduled.
Typhoon Jelawat brought gale-strength winds to Tokyo and injured dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital. The storm had winds of up to 78 miles an hour but weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning. Nagoya city issued an evacuation advisory to more than 50,000 residents because of fear of flooding.
A series of coordinated bombings shattered Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces Sunday, killing at least 26 in attacks that one official described as a rallying call by Al-Qaida just days after dozens of militants escaped from prison. The blasts brought September's death toll from sectarian violence to nearly 200 people.
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Qur'an on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said. At least 20 people were injured in the attacks that followed the posting of the photo of a burned copy of the Qur'an. The rioters blamed the photo on a local Buddhist boy, though it wasn't immediately clear if he actually posted the photo.
An aggressive campaign by Turkey to reclaim antiquities it says were looted has led in recent months to the return of an ancient sphinx and many golden treasures from the region's past. But it has also drawn condemnation from some of the world's largest museums, which call the campaign cultural blackmail. Turkey's efforts have spurred an international debate about who owns antiquities after centuries of shifting borders.
A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake centered nearly 100 miles underground rattled southwestern Colombia but no damage or injuries were reported. The quake struck near the regional capital of Popayan and was felt in Bogota as well as 10 of Colombia's 32 states. The U.S. Geological Survey said its epicenter was 94 miles beneath the Earth's surface.
A special media court found the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson Reuters news agency guilty of "spreading lies" about the Islamic system for a video story that briefly included a posted description of women training as martial arts killers. The state-owned news website YJC.ir quoted spokesman Ali Akbar Kasaeian as saying Iranian national Parisa Hafezi had been convicted of propaganda-related offenses. A sentence by the court is expected within a week.
Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti's capital to protest the government of President Michel Martelly. It was among the biggest demonstrations this year in Port-au-Prince against the first-time leader as he tries to rebuild the impoverished nation following the powerful 2010 earthquake.