Sam has continued to intensify this morning and now has a complete ring of deep convection with cloud tops colder than -70 degrees C surrounding a mostly clear, small eye. Based on this data, the initial intensity has been increased to 105 kt for this advisory, making Sam a major hurricane. The cyclone remains compact, with hurricane-force winds extending only 20 n mi from the center.
At least seven people have been killed and some 30 wounded in a series of blasts in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and the country's capital, Kabul, Taliban sources told Al Jazeera. read more
SpaceX aimed to blast a billionaire into orbit Wednesday night with his two contest winners and a healthcare worker who survived childhood cancer. It's the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk's SpaceX and a big step in space tourism by a private company. read more
The FBI has released a newly declassified 16-page document related to logistical support provided to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the September 11, 2001, attacks. read more
One of the final deadly strikes by the US in its 20-year war in Afghanistan has been challenged by investigations in leading US media. The New York Times and Washington Post say the strike the US said targeted an Islamic State operative actually killed an aid worker on daily duties in Kabul. read more