Top News: As the Philippines reels from the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, which is believed to have left 10,000 people dead and 660,000 people displaced, relief efforts are struggling to reach the areas most affected by the storm. Aid organizations describe waiting days for flights to the Tacloban airport on the ravaged island of Leyte, but the airstrip is being used exclusively by the Philippines military to ferry in aid at this point. Meanwhile, planes that have made it to Tacloban have been met by mobs of survivors swarming the tarmac in hopes of rescue. A military field hospital run by the Philippines army is struggling to keep pace with demand, but has run out of tetanus vaccines.
The United Nations has released $25 million in emergency funds to assist in the relief effort. The United States has also donated $20 million and the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, along with four other U.S. Navy ships, is en route with supplies and is expected to arrive on Thursday. The British navy is also sending ships.
As supplies trickle into Leyte and other storm affected areas, relief workers are increasingly concerned about the spread of disease, as many people remain exposed the elements without food or clean water in areas where uncollected bodies pose significant health risks.
Iran: After the abrupt end this weekend to the most recent round of nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 in Geneva, where a deal appears to have been scuttled by French diplomats, Iran signed a new arrangement on Monday with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will open a uranium mine and heavy water plant to U.N inspectors within the next three months.
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- Sen. Lindsay Graham will allow confirmation votes to proceed on two of President Obama's political nominees; Graham had previously halted the votes to try to force further hearings on the incident at the Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.
- Cipriam Manuel Palencia Gonzalez, the leader of Colombia's notorious Urabenos gang, was arrested in Spain while allegedly staking out new drug routes.
- The Chinese Communist Party ended four days of closed door meetings with a public statement expressing the party's plan to transition to an economy in which market forces play a "decisive" role by 2020.
- Reports trickling out of North Korea suggest that 80 people were publicly executed over the last month across several cities, some for watching or possessing South Korean media.
- A series of four mild earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.3, struck the Indian capital of Delhi, but no damage was reported.
- Britain and Iran moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations, severed in 2011, as each country named new non-resident charge d'affaires to travel between the countries.
- Hard-right Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman was sworn back into office as foreign minister after a year-long hiatus; he stepped down last year when he was indicted on corruption charges, but has since been acquitted.
- A new poll shows that women in Arab Spring countries are generally less optimistic about women's rights issues than they were before the revolutions.
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- Representatives of the Kinshasa government and the M23 rebels postponed signing a deal to formally end the M23 rebellion over a phrasing dispute; at least one Congolese official blamed Uganda for the delay.
- The head of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's motorcade was arrested by Drug Enforcement Agency officers for trafficking marijuana in the motorcade lead vehicle.
- Far-right ralliers rioted and clashed with police in Warsaw at gatherings celebrating Poland's national independence day.
- Russian property mogul Sergei Polonsky was arrested on charges of kidnapping in Singapore after fleeing the island on which he was staying into the jungle.
- A member of the French parliament was stabbed and 70 people were arrested when French President Francois Hollande was heckled at separate events commemorating the armistice that ended World War I.
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