- Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the world's strongest typhoon hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea., packing winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour).
- Typhoon Haiyan exacerbated the problems faced by the residents on Bohol island struggling to recover from an earthquake that killed 222 people three weeks ago, according to the Red Cross.
- The Zamboanga war clashes caused the displacement of more than 100,000 people, the closure of the Zamboanga International Airport and the slowdown of economic activity in the city.
- Although graft is endemic in the Philippines, the sweeping scope of pork barrel has stunned even the most cynical. The scale emerged after Janet Lim Napoles was accused of laundering staggering sums of money for lawmakers.
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"It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.” Vladimir Putin