Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York
MOSCOW Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska An earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck in the Pacific Ocean off south-eastern Alaska on Saturday.
The quake occurred about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Port Alexander at a depth of about 6 miles (10 km) at 0858 GMT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which downgraded the magnitude from an initial 7.7.
The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of southeast Alaska and Canada's British Columbia, but this was later cancelled.
So far there had been no reports of damage from the earthquake, tsunami warning center scientist Bill Knight said.
Officials in Sitka, southern Alaska, were urging evacuations in low-lying areas, local radio station KCAW reported.
An earthquake of magnitude 7.7 struck British Columbia on October 27. A tsunami warning was issued but no damage ensued.
(Reporting by Yereth Rosen; Editing by Pravin Char)
BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party moved back in front of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in an INSA poll for Bild newspaper published on Monday.
PARIS France's far-right National Front accused authorities of staging a media stunt on Monday to influence the presidential election after police searched its headquarters in an investigation into "fake jobs".