Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines on Nov. 7Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, made landfall in the central Philippines on Nov. 7, 2013. It was among the strongest storms in recorded history, with winds up to 199 miles per hour. The United Nations estimates that more than 11 million are affected and close to 700,000 are homeless. While many municipalities have yet to report, Philippines President Benigno Aquino estimated the death toll at 2,500 less than a week after the storm hit. Food and water are in short supply in the hardest hit areas and, looking ahead, providing relief and rebuilding in remote areas is a challenge.

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Sectarian violence costs more lives in Lebanon

The Sunni-Shiite conflict erupted again in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring many more. Lebanon has been relatively calm in recent years, but there have been concerns Syrian violence would spill over. Plus, local government corruption is slowing the typhoon response in the Philippines and Parisians are developing a taste for grasshoppers.

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All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't get Rob Ford out of office — again

Rob Ford is nothing if not a survivor. After being accused of patronizing prostitutes — a charge he denies — drinking and driving — a charge he admits to — and then making the sort of sexual comment that can't be repeated on a family-friendly website, he still hangs onto his job as mayor. Meanwhile, in Europe, it seems that in-flight phone calls may become OK. "Can you hear me now?" Ugh. Plus more in today's Global Scan.