A grueling trip to Latin American convinced Pope Benedict XVI that his resignation was "a duty," according to a new biography of the former pontiff.
Hawaii's Big Island was on hurricane watch late Monday as Category 3 storm Madeline looked set to pass "dangerously close."
Huge clouds of smoke were seen over Mogadishu.
The ruling is likely to anger Washington, which has accused Brussels of campaigning against U.S. corporate success stories.
Forecasters expected the first system to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday.