International Relief Efforts Picking up in Typhoon-Hit Philippines
The Pentagon is sending an aircraft carrier as part of U.S. efforts to accelerate aid to the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, where 10,000 people are feared dead and many more displaced.
Some of the affected areas had still not been reached Tuesday, four days after Typhoon Haiyan plowed through the remote island region with historically powerful winds and tsunami-like waves.
The U.N. estimates 660,000 people were displaced by the storm. Many have no access to food, water or medicine and there have been reports of widespread looting in Tacloban, the worst-hit city.
International relief efforts have begun to pick up. The U.S. on Monday announced it is providing $20 million in humanitarian aid. It is also sending the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier with 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft on board.
Iran, World Powers Optimistic but Trading Blame Over Nuclear Talks
Diplomats from Iran and a group of world powers seeking to limit its uranium enrichment say they remain committed and optimistic about reaching a deal, despite trading blame for failing to agree at their latest meeting.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Monday the two sides made "considerable progress" during days of talks that ended last weekend in Geneva. But he blamed the lack of a deal on divisions among the so-called P5+1 group that includes the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague each said their group was united in their proposal. Kerry said it was Iran that could not accept the deal, and said he hoped the two sides would reach an agreement within months.