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1. TYPHOON HAIYAN

Devastation: It’s been four days since the monster storm came to the Philippines. And it’s still impossible to know the full extent of the despair. The official death toll was close to 1,800 early Tuesday morning. But some devastated areas were impossible to get to and it was feared that as many as 10,000 people were dead from Typhoon Haiyan. The storm, perhaps the strongest in recorded history, leveled villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Many had tales of horror. “We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. Aid was pouring in from all over. Millions were pledged from the United Nations, the European Union, the UK and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. Marines were there helping. But the scope of the destruction seemed hard for many to handle. A congressman in one hard-hit area said people were getting desperate. “We can’t wait. People have gone three days without any clean water, food and medication,” he said.

2. Iran nuclear talks

No deal: There were optimistic signs this weekend from the talks aimed at stopping Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. The U.S. and Iran said an agreement may come. But in the end there was no deal.  As has happened so many times before, the talks in Geneva between a group of world powers and Iran disintegrated, leading to finger-pointing from all sides. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to blame Iran, bringing a fiery response from Tehran. And now, it seems, we’re back to where we started. The effort will persist and Iran will continue to be hit with crippling sanctions. All sides plan to meet again later this month

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