TACLOBAN, Philippines — The day after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippine coast, a team of 15 doctors and logistics experts was ready to fly here to the worst-hit city to help. Today, five days into what could be the country’s deadliest disaster, they were still waiting to leave.
North Korea staged gruesome public executions of 80 people this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean entertainment videos or being found in possession of a Bible, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.
MANILA, Philippines — One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines today, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago and had high levels of it in his body that could not have been accidental, Swiss scientists confirmed today.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban chose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as the group’s new leader today, less than a week after the U.S. killed its former chief in a drone strike, a militant commander and intelligence official said.
MEXICO CITY — The U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who was convicted in the murder of a U.S. anti-narcotics agent in 1985, but vanished in August after a Mexican court freed him from prison on a technicality.
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan — The manager of the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees arranges toy figures, trucks and houses on a map in his office trailer to illustrate his ambitious vision. In a year, he wants to turn the chaotic shantytown of 100,000 into a temporary city with local councils, paved streets, parks, an electricity grid and sewage pipes.
JERUSALEM — Israeli aircraft bombed what the military described as a “terror tunnel” used by Hamas in Gaza and the militant Palestinian group said three of its fighters were killed in the strike early today.
DAKAR, Senegal — The man who led last year’s coup in Mali, reversing two decades of democracy, has been summoned by the nation’s judiciary to answer allegations that he and his men tortured and killed fellow soldiers who didn’t back his rise to power, an official in the ministry of justice confirmed on today.
BERLIN — Germany’s top security official said today he will try to find a way for Edward Snowden to speak to German officials if the former National Security Agency contractor is willing to provide details about the NSA’s activities including the alleged surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.
BEIRUT — Syria has destroyed critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas munitions, the global chemical weapons watchdog said today as fierce clashes raged in the country’s north, close to one of the sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.
A group plays games after the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday. Tucked in between steep mountains, the small town is normally shrouded in shadow for almost six months a year. But on Wednesday faint rays from the winter sun for the first time reached the market square thanks to three 183-square-foot mirrors placed on a mountain.