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Obama Could Meet his Iranian Counterpart at the United Nations Next Week

Some welcome good news from the region. “An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between a US and Iranian leader since Iran‘s 1979 revolution.” (Guardian

Tens of Thousands Displaced by Fighting in the Philippines

The UN is warning of an impending humanitarian crisis stemming from intense fighting between the government and separatist rebels. “About 249,000 people affected by fighting between a splinter group of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Zamboanga City and Basilan province. 72,000 people displaced by the conflict in Zamboanga City and 13,500 people are displaced in Basilan.” (OCHA

Storms Batter Mexico, Scores Killed

An intense natural disaster is unfolding in Mexico. “Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf on Monday, killing at least 41 people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands amid some of the worst flooding in decades. Tropical Depression Ingrid battered Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.” (Reuters