Top of the Morning: Huge Typhoon Bears Down on Disaster-Weary Philippines

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Huge Typhoon Bears Down on Disaster-Weary Philippines

The world’s most powerful typhoon of the year gained strength on Thursday as it swirled towards the Philippines. “Haiyan was expected make landfall on Samar island, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, then cut across the central and southern Philippines before exiting into the South China Sea lateon Saturday. State weather forecaster Glaize Escullar said Haiyan was expected to hit areas still recovering from a devastating storm in 2011 and from a 7.1-magnitude quake last month. They include the central island of Bohol, the epicentre of the earthquake that killed 222 people, where at least 5,000 survivors are still living in tents while waiting for new home.” (AFP

Meet the New Head of the Pakistani Taliban. Not a Good Guy!

The previous leader was killed by a US drone strike earlier this week.”The Pakistani Taliban chose the ruthless commander who planned the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as the militant group’s new leader Thursday, and it ruled out holding peace talks with the government. Mullah Fazlullah was unanimously appointed the new chief by the Taliban’s leadership council, or shura, after several days of deliberation.” (Yahoo!