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'Egypt's Jon Stewart' is still off the air

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Credit: (c) Doaa Eladl, Egypt

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is muzzled by his own TV network, CBC (no relation to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in this cartoon by Egypt's Doaa Eladl. A network official is saying "Laughing is prohibited!" Bassem Yousseff's show, El-Bernameg, has been off the air since last week.

The Philippines on Friday were battered by the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Reports are still emerging of the damage, but it roared ashore with sustained winds in excess of 195 mph and gusts of up to 235 mph. The storm, if it were in the Atlantic Ocean, would be a strong Category 5 Hurricane, with winds considerably faster than the deadly hurricanes Andrew and Katrina that battered the US.

The BBC has footage and eye-witness accounts from residents as the super-storm approached.

Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines.

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Would you give Edward Snowden your password?

Sometimes the easiest way to crack a password is to ask the person for it. As many as 25 high-security personnel at the NSA voluntarily gave their login and password information to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contracter who leaked documents containing top secret information to global media, while he was working there as a computer systems administrator. Reuters has the details.

Look sharp for your table

How would you rate your looks today? Reasonably pretty, fairly good looking, or uglier than a bulldog licking vinegar off a lemon? If you’re visiting Paris, it could be an important consideration.

As the Telegraph reports, a number of Parisian restaurents have been exposed for placing diners they deem uglier far from the windows — and better looking customers in full view of the street.

New Zealand's first climate change refugee

A legal test case emerged in New Zealand recently — when a resident of the low-lying Pacific island of Kiribati applied for refugee status on the basis of impending climate change. PRI’s Living on Earth looked into the implications for the future, and at the man's chances for being granted asylum.

What can be done about the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto?

A weaker man may have resigned after footage of public drunkenness, public urination and crack smoking emerged. But it seems Toronto’s 'troubled' Mayor Rob Ford isn’t backing down. The New Yorker looks at how Toronto got to the point where they elected Ford — and how they're basically stuck with him at least until October 2014, when he must stand for re-election.

Don't call him Banksy

The street artist Banksy is headed back to London after an attention-grabbing month in New York City. When he gets there, he may come across some work by Señor X, a street artist who's been taking Gijon, Spain, by storm. X recently relocated to London where he'd have a bigger canvas — and perhaps less attention from local authorities. PRI's The World has more.

What we're seeing on social

There's talk of a deal with Iran over its nuclear programs — at least an initial deal, The New York Times reports

Weather around the world

Super Typhoon Haiyan has battered the Philippines, but maintained most of its strength. Its sustained winds are still 165 mph as the storm moves toward Vietnam — still a remarkably powerful super storm. The storm is expected to make landfall in the area of central Vietnam by the end of the weekend, according to Accuweather.

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